Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

Published 11, Sep, 2016
Author // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

This annual fundraiser took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, to benefit ACT. Here are some photos of the event.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

The ACT team prepare to lead off the Walk

In Toronto, 19,000 people are living with HIV, and one person in the city is newly diagnosed every day. The good news, however, is that new diagnoses are going down. The other good news is that treatment advances, new knowledge about the factors that lead to transmission and new prevention technologies allow us to envision a future without HIV. In the meantime, however, care, prevention and support services are still required for those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

That’s why the annual AIDS Walks across the country are an important way of raising awareness that HIV is still with us, to recognize that in Canada 21% of people with HIV are undiagnosed and that HIV-related stigma remains significant.

In Toronto, ACT, Canada’s largest community-based HIV service organization, is the beneficiary of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto. This annual fundraiser is important because only part of ACT’s programming is funded by government grants.

This year’s event took place on September 11, a warm and sunny Sunday. The photos in this post will give you a glimpse of the day.

If you’d like to donate to the important work being done by ACT, you can still pledge a Walker or make a donation here .

Former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall and husband Max Beck, long-time supporters of the HIV movement and of Toronto's LGBT community

Long-time HIV and LGBT activist Ron Rosenes (left), publisher John McCullagh (centre) and ACT executive director John Maxwell (right).

The Walk gets going down Church Street

The Walk progresses up Yonge Street

Pharmacist Dr Michael Fanous (right) and his team of HIV-negative and HIV-positive guys raising awareness about PrEP along the Walk route

Remembering a loved one at Toronto's AIDS Memorial

Participants share why they walk

About the Author

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus

John McCullagh is the publisher of He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications.  

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.