CANFAR started operations on October 26, 1987 and remains today the only privately funded charity in Canada that is solely focused on HIV and AIDS research. I’ve worked with them in the past, notably as a presenter in Montreal at CAHR 2012, talking about the excellent report they commissioned through CIHR on the Canadian public’s changing attitudes towards HIV and AIDS, which research has been used extensively since. But more than that, I have a soft spot for them. Simply put, they are such good people who work there.
They’ve just launched a website to commemorate their 25th anniversary featuring a series of videos “Thinking Positive with Valerie Pringle". (Pringle's name will be familiar to many as host of CTV’s Canada AM, CBC’s Antiques Road Show and many others.) In any event the first video in the series features a newly diagnosed young man Leo Polanco talking candidly about his expeieinces and is outstanding. The video is below.
I’ll also direct you to the many voices who have supported CANFAR over the years. You can read their tributes, including one from yours truly, on this page.
Happy anniversary, CANFAR!