Welcome to our new
Executive Director,
Shannon Ryan!

“It’s clear that the OAN has many challenges to face over the coming months and years given the funding and political environment. I look forward to working with you all to face them and to build on a strong OAN legacy.”

Annual Meeting Registration: Now Open!

Registration for this year’s Annual Meetng is now open! (The registration link has already been emailed to Executive Directors to be shared with their delegates)

This year’s Annual Meeting will consist of:

  • HIV+ Delegate’s Meeting – Thursday, September 19th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • OAN Member’s Meeting – Friday, September 20th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • OAN Annual Meeting – Saturday, September 21st from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Each Regular Member of the OAN is invited to register one Voting Representative and up to two non-voting representatives. Each Affiliate Member is also invited to bring up to two non-voting representatives. If sending more than one representative we require that at least one must be a person living with HIV.
The OAN will reimburse travel, food and accommodation expenses for up to two participants per Regular/Affiliate Member agency. Please register no later than Thursday, September 12, 2019.
Any Voting Representative of a Regular Member unable to attend the AGM in person is invited to send a proxy holder. A proxy form must be completed and signed by the absent Voting Representative and submitted to the OAN Board Chair the morning of the Annual Meeting.
The final AGM package including 2018 AGM Minutes, proxy forms and final agenda will be distributed on August 27, 2019 via email
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Reconciliation in Action Webinar: August 15th

Ontario’s HIV sector is having a conversation about our collective work towards Truth and Reconciliation. Since late-2018, the Reconciliation Working Group has worked to provide guidance and tools for the sector (essentially, all OAN members) on how to do ’the work of reconciliation’, including providing tools and to lead the sector through a process of consensus on what that work should look like.

The Reconciliation Working Group is composed of Oahas and six non-Indigenous AIDS service organizations: AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, Elevate Northwest Ontario, The Gilbert Centre, the Ontario AIDS Network, Pasan, and Réseau Access Network.  Its task has been to help organizations identify how they might begin – and continue – the difficult work of reconciliation with Indigenous people in their communities.

The Working Group is excited to share the results of its work in the coming weeks and invites you to join the Reconciliation in Action Webinar on August 15th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am – to join please visit https://zoom.us/j/357561718

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Remembering Ruthann

Friends, family, community members, and loved ones are invited to join together in memory of Ruthann Tucker on Thursday, August 15th at the Tony Di Pede Residence, in Toronto.

Ruthann dedicated her life to HIV/AIDS communities, working at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), AIDS Vancouver Island, Fife House, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), and The Hamilton AIDS Network.

Ruthann’s vision, drive and passion led to Fife House’s largest expansion of housing and support services. The Tony Di Pede Residence / Wellesley Central Residence is the culmination of her incredible work, and provides 112 units of supportive housing, as well as acting as the site of our Transitional Housing Program, Wellness Programs, Community Programs and Fife House’s home.

Fife is pleased to dedicate the agency’s rooftop healing garden as the Ruthann Tucker Memorial Garden in recognition of her incredible contribution to the organization.

  • Ruthann Tucker Memorial and Dedication
  • 490 Sherbourne Street, 12th floor
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Refreshments will be provided. Ruthann’s widow, lisaj, and son, Max will be in attendance and invite you to share with them in this celebration of her life.

Please RSVP to Sadie McInnes, Development and Events Coordinator, Fife House.

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Kreppner Awards

Nominations for HALCO’s 2019 Kreppner Awards are now being accepted.

The Kreppner Awards were established by HALCO in honour of the late James Kreppner and recognize people who have made significant contributions in advocacy for and support of people living with HIV or people living with HIV and Hepatitis C in Ontario.

Know a good candidate? For more information, click here.

Nominations must be received by Friday September 27, 2018.

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PHAC Calls!

The Public Health Agency of Canada is inviting participation in two initiatives, in both official languages! (Version française à suivre)

Invitation to Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) – Supporting Pathways to Care for People Who use Drugs. The application package for the first stage must be submitted before 11:59pm ET, August 30, 2019.

Call for Proposals – Substance Use and Addictions Program. The deadline for submission is Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.


ASPC Invitation à présenter une lettre d’intention (LI) – Favoriser les voies d’accès aux soins des personnes qui consomment des drogues. La trousse de demande dans le cadre de la première étape doit être soumise avant 23 h 59 HNE, le 30 août 2019.

Programme sur l’usage et les dépendances aux substances – Appel de propositions. La date limite de soumission est fixée au jeudi 26 septembre 2019, 13h (heure de l’Est).

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