Honoured for their work

Published 04, Dec, 2014
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com was at the 2014 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards in Toronto last week to celebrate the induction of the four 2014 award winners.

Honoured for their work

This year, the Great Hall, of Hart House, University of Toronto was the venue for the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll reception. Everybody was there, including Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins. 

The annual awards have four categories

The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award went to Art Zoccole, the popular Executive Director of 2-Spirited People of the First Nations; Art has a long history of working on issues relating to Aboriginal people and HIV.

Wangari Tharoi was presented with The Community Partners Award. Wangari is currently working as the Program and Research Manager at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a community healthcare agency that provides primary healthcare services for African, Caribbean, Latin American, and South Asian women in the Toronto area.

The Caring Hands Award went to Karen Vance-Wallace. Karen served as the Executive Director, The Teresa Group for thirteen year and here career encompassed a wealth of experience in providing specialized services to children and their families affected by HIV.

This year’s recipient of The Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award was accepted by Maureen Owino on behalf of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT). CAAT’s contribution to the HIV sector is a unique one. It places the voices and leadership of immigrant, refugee and newcomer HIV-positive people at its forefront.

PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh spoke to each of the recipients after the awards ceremonies and asked each of them the question  - “what does receiving this award mean to you?" The results are in the video below.

Congratulations to all four worthy winners.

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.