Blog – The A Word

The A Word is the official blog of HIV Community Link. The A Word is a place where we can talk about human rights, learn about new HIV research, relay safe and sexy tips, share personal stories, and so much more. Our blog is a place for us to connect with our community, share our knowledge, and engage in meaningful discussions.

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Recent Posts

In the next couple of weeks, we will bring you the stories of the wonderful Scotiabank AIDS Walk supporters. We will let them explain why they are helping the cause with fundraising, donating or volunteering for the event. Read below Zander’s story. Zander Fitzgerald is a volunteer for our Scotiabank AIDS Walk committee, a wonderful […]

In the next couple of weeks, we will bring you the stories of the wonderful Scotiabank AIDS Walk supporters. We will let them explain why they are helping the cause with fundraising, donating or volunteering for the event. Read below the story of one of our Team Captains. Joshua Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts […]

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Fundraising Tips

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Make Your Fundraising FUN and Meet Your Goals! On behalf of HIV Community Link, allow me to thank you for joining us for the 2017 Scotiabank AIDS Walk. The work we do would not be possible without the dedication and generosity of supporters such as yourself. So let’s get into some great tips to help […]

HIV Community Link is committed to supporting harm reduction, and with summertime in full swing, the Calgary Folk Festival, as well as Calgary Pride just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to share information about staying safe during this season of festivals, events, parties, and patios. With an understanding that for many people, drugs […]

HIV Community Link is committed to working from a harm reduction perspective in all our support, education, and advocacy programs. The concept of harm reduction is applicable to our work in reducing the risks of HIV and hepatitis C infection, as well as our work in preventing opioid overdose deaths, and reducing risks associated with […]

For many in the LGBTQ* community, the “Tea Dance” may not be something that is well known in the modern world of circuit parties, LGBTQ* night clubs and private dance parties. From resorts to cruise ships to private venues, the Tea dance is seeing a modernisation and resurgence of the practice in community, particularly among […]

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 21, 2017 is National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996. Since 2011, the week leading up to National Aboriginal Day is known locally as Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC). This blog was written by Waylon Yellowhorn, […]

June 2 is International Sex Workers’ Day. In 1975, hundreds of sex workers gathered in Lyon, France, to protest their increasingly unsafe working conditions and the violence they were experiencing. Now, in 2017, more than 40 years later, we are still advocating for sex workers’ rights and safety. To recognize this day and bring awareness […]

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week and an opportunity for us to say thank you to our dedicated and wonderful volunteers! Our organization would not exist if it weren’t for you. You are critical to the continued success of our programs and operations. The investment of your time in HIV Community Link is […]

The day originated in 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival, despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit. The event was organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group that has over 50,000 […]