Archive for the ‘living with HIV’ Category

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 […]

Start a conversation. Know your health options. End the stigma! On Tuesday, February 7, HIV Community Link joins the Canadian HIV and AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network (CHABAC) in celebrating National African, Caribbean & Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. CHABAC’s vision is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) […]

Rae-Leigh’s family has farmed for generations. She has continued this family tradition, currently running a small farm in Tilley, Alberta for 15 years. She had “an average Canadian dad”, she says. He was educated, successful, handsome, outgoing, and had lots of friends. Rae-Leigh’s parents divorced after 33 years of marriage, and her father took the […]

Dear Friend, ­­­ December 1 is World AIDS Day, the international day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to remember those who have died of AIDS related illnesses. This year, the theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is Hands Up for HIV Prevention, and your support can go further than ever to help […]

On a Friday Outreach

Friday, October 7, 2016

It’s Friday, 1pm, and the Positive Living lunch for our clients is just getting started downstairs, in the drop-in space. It’s pretty crowded today, and I’m waiting for Waylon and Chelsea to finish their conversations with the people in the room so that we can leave. I’m going with them on outreach; I’ve always wanted […]

Greg Barry is one of the top fundraiser for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk. Although he has a busy life working as a senior manager in a multinational engineering company, Greg puts a lot of passion into this annual fundraiser. He does this because one of his three children, Ron, is HIV positive. Like his son, […]

Why I Walk

Friday, July 29, 2016

Aside from the obvious factor of my being a person living with HIV for 17 years there are a number of reasons that have me register, raise funds, promote, and walk the route at the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk. This is my “Why I Walk” list: To show my Solidarity with people living with, at risk for or who […]

Trauma and HIV

Friday, May 15, 2015

What is Trauma? These days we hear a lot of talk about Trauma and experiences that may have been traumatic in our lives. Trauma is described by the American Psychological Association as an “emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster”. The APA goes on to note that “Longer term reactions [can] include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea”.

had the privilege of spending the last six weeks on placement at HIV Community Link. This was a unique opportunity because I am studying to be an occupational therapist, and there has never before been an occupational therapist at HIV Community Link. During this time I learned a lot about occupational therapy (OT) in the context of HIV, and I would like to share what I learned.

What You Need to Know…

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At HIV Community Link we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest and greatest information and trends affecting our work and the communities we serve. One way we do this is through our new series: What You Need to Know. The first four topics in this series are based on the most common and frequently asked questions we receive in-person, online, by phone, email and social media. Get in touch with all your questions – we’re the LINK!