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Wednesday April 23, 2014 Good Food for a Good Cause

  • Save the Date: A Taste for Life, Apr 23

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    Good Food for a Good Cause

    Show Your Support on Wed, Apr 23

    A Taste for Life is a delicious annual fundraiser where participating restaurants across York Region donate 25% of your bill to the AIDS Committee of York Region.

    Enjoy a hot lunch, high tea, or a gourmet dinner at one of our Taste for Life locations with family and friends and support your community.

    All funds raised help us provide support and dignified care for people affected by HIV/AIDS in York Region.

    Reserve your table today!

    For more information, call 905-953-0248 or email

  • ACYR Staff Transitions

    New Women’s Community
    Development Coordinator

    After making great strides over the past year as ACYR’s Community HIV Engagement Coordinator, our talented team member Tina Ismail will step into the role of Women’s Community Development Coordinator starting April 1, 2014. ACYR shares this position with the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County (ACSC). Tina will divide her time between ACSC and ACYR to help expand the reach of the provincial Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative in both Simcoe County and York Region.

    We are committed to filling the now vacant Community HIV Engagement Coordinator position in a timely but efficient manner and are on the lookout for a suitable candidate who will continue to build on all of Tina’s successes in this role.


    Thank You and Best Wishes

    We also extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes to two of our outgoing team members, Trinette Klein, Public Awareness Campaign Coordinator, and Desiree Kerr, Tea Time Program Coordinator.

    Through her creative touch, Trinette has successfully raised ACYR’s public profile by way of splendidly designed resources and campaign materials, diligently and meticulously organized awareness and fundraising events like A Taste for Life and Walk and Roll to the Water, and a thoughtfully planned social media engagement strategy. We will miss Trinette’s presence but we wish her the very best with her current assignment at the Regional Municipality of York and all her future endeavors.

    We also extend a sincere thanks to Desiree Kerr for leading and implementing our very unique Tea Time program over the past few months. Supported by the MAC AIDS Fund, this program has helped educate, train, and empower HIV positive women to raise community awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination. ACYR is committed to reviving this very important program and we will actively pursue ongoing funding alternatives in the coming months.

  • ACYR Celebrates Black History Month

    Black History Month for 2014 was held during the month of February. As part of ACYR’s celebration of the special month, ACYR was involved in several events.

    ACYR hosted a youth drop-in event to celebrate and learn about Black History Month on Fri Feb 21 at Dufferin Clark Community Centre in Vaughan.

    Participants enjoyed free Caribbean food, music, basketball, “Soca-cizing”, and creative expression through artwork. Here are some photos of participants and staff enjoying the event – to pause any of the photos, please hover the cursor over it:


    Tina Ismail, ACYR’s Community HIV Engagement Coordinator, attended the Vaughan African Canadian Association brunch for Black History Month on Sat, Feb 22, at the GTA Faith Alliance offices. transparentgif

    Left, Tina with MP Julian Fantino and Shernett Martin, ED for VAFA





    transparentgiftransparentgifbrunch7Tina with Michelle Meredith, Director of Education, GTA Faith Alliance







    Senator Don Meredith, Michelle Meredith, Director of Education, GTA Faith Alliance, Tina and Shernett Martin, Executive Director, Vaughan African Canadian Associationtransparentgif





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