In 1982 a disease known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) became a global pandemic. In 1986 an international committee on viruses determined that HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) was the cause of AIDS.
2016 marks the 20th year since the transformative antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV was introduced. Treatment advances over the years have changed the course of HIV/AIDS care. People impacted by the virus can now lead long and healthy lives. But they need access to timely and regular HIV treatment. And they need access to dignified care and support.
2016 also marks the 20th year since the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) became formally incorporated as the only registered charitable organization dedicated to the delivery of dignified support and care to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in this region. We have made great strides in challenging HIV stigma and discrimination and opened many doors. But much remains to be done to make our communities, agencies, and networks of care become truly inclusive and stigma-free.
This World AIDS Day, we ask our community members, partners, supporters, and friends to pledge to build a community of support for those impacted by HIV/AIDS in York Region. Join us on December 1, 2016 to sign The Ontario Accord, a statement of solidarity with GIPA/MIPA. (Greater & Meaningful Involvement of People Living with AIDS). Together, we can build an inclusive, safe, and healthy community in York Region.
WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Markham Village Community Centre & Library, 6041 Highway 7, Markham, ON
- Speakers from Toronto People With AIDS Foundation & the Ontario AIDS Network
- Poetry reading & musical performance
- Art display by ACYR service users
- Signing of The Ontario Accord
- Candlelight vigil
- Light Snacks & refreshments will be served
Please RSVP by Monday, November 21
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-553-5650
We thank the Markham Village Public Library for their generous sponsorship of this event