2013-2014
2013-2014

November 25th, 2013

Making a difference in the lives of people affected by HIV
GETTING TO ZERO
Zero new HIV Infections
Zero Discrimination
Zero HIV/AIDS related deaths
 
CAMP SNOWY OWL
Camp Snowy Owl is a family camp for people living with HIV/AIDS their caregivers, loved ones, traditional and non-traditional families. It is a place where people living with HIV/AIDS can come together in a safe, joyful, peaceful, holistic atmosphere.
2013 marked our fourth consecutive summer where we were able to offer this magical experience to families in the Ottawa area. This camp was only possible thanks to grants and in-kind donations from The Community Foundation, Giant Tiger, Bruce House, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Advantage Audio Visual. Prana Hatha Yoga studio, Shopper's Drug Mart in Stittsville, CAS and St John's.
None of it could be possible without the help of our amazing volunteer staff to whom I say "THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART"
 

As we come to the end of another successful year, we want to thank those who have contributed to our success and ask if you will help us once again.
Making a donation is simple, follow the link below and make a donation today. Help us in our quest of GETTING TO ZERO


GRANT RECIPIENTS 2013-2014
BRUCE HOUSE
We are proud to announce that you have helped us provide funds for the pantry at the house
CACHA-CLWHA
The children living with HIV/AIDS program in Tanzania have benefited from your generous donations
Jer's Vision
SOAF is supporting Dare to Stand Out: a Canadian youth forum and Conversation on sexually transmitted blood born diseases.
 

THANK YOU
Thank you for your support over the years
Please help us once again by making a difference in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Help us GET TO ZERO
 

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Camp Snowy Owl 2012

On July 8th 40 campers joined 21 volunteers for our 3rd family reunion.
Camp Snowy OWL has been a dream of the foundation for many years, in fact one of our first grants was awarded to CAMP Chrysalis, FACE AIDS . Camp Wendake has been a recipient of the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation grants for many years, due to its popularity however the Camp Wendake board of directors was forced to make a difficult decision and are no longer offering this opportunity to people living outside of their catchment area. In 2010 the opportunity arose for a similar camp to be explored in Eastern Ontario and it has become a reality.
 
Camp Snowy Owl is a camp for people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers, loved ones and their traditional/non traditional families. It is a place where people affected by HIV/AIDS can have a chance to be in a safe, peaceful, joyful environment leaving behind their worries and cares.
 
Mission of Camp Snowy Owl
Camp Snowy Owl's mission is to provide a safe, welcoming residential camping experience for persons living with HIV and those who support them. We strive to honour diversity in age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, culture,spirituality, and economic state.
 
Thank you to all of you who supported us and made this week possible.
 
We would particularly like to thank the following organizations who made it possible through their generous in kind donations, donations and grants
The Community Foundation of Ottawa & The King Foundation Fund
Giant Tiger
Bruce House
ACO (AIDS Committee of Ottawa)
Children's AID Society
Interfaith Council on HIV/AIDS of Ottawa
Advantage Audio Visual
Prana Shanti Yoga Centre
Canada AIDS Society
 
Till we meet again, may you find Hope, Peace, Courage and Faith .

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Giant Tiger


2010 - 2011

The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation 2010 -2011
 
It has been quite a while since we have had an opportunity to update you on the comings and goings of the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation activities. Part of our challenge has been our inability to update the site due to technical difficulties. I am thrilled to report that we are now back online.
In our previous updates we informed you of the funds raised and distributed and we are happy to report that in the fiscal years 2009 - 2010 and 2010 -- 2011 the following organizations were awarded grants that totaled in excess of $60,000 none of which could have been possible without the generosity of you our donors:
 
CHEO research institute (The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
These funds were earmarked for HIV/AIDS research
www.cheori.org
 
The Diocese of Huron
Camp Wendake a camp for people living and affected by HIV/AIDS
www.campwendake.org
 
The Metis Nation of Ontario
Funds awarded were utilized for the Xmas drive as well as transportation
www.metisnation.org
 
Canada Africa Community Health Alliance
The Orphan and vulnerable children's program in Tanzania
www.cacha.ca/tanzania
 
Canada Africa Community Health Alliance
Children living with HIV/AIDS program in Tanzania
www.cacha.ca/tanzania
 
Camp Snowy Owl
A camp for families in the Ottawa area affected and living with HIV/AIDS
 
For more information on these organizations please go to the websites listed above.
 
A Taste for Life, our signature event has been gaining popularity over the past few years and has generated funds beyond what we could have imagined in the first few years of its existence. Today over 4000 dinners attend the event and not only is this event an amazing fund raiser it also serves as an awareness campaign reminding the media and the public that HIV/AIDS is still here and that to date there is no cure. Although advances in the field of research and the onset of new medication protocols have enabled many to live relatively symptom free we are still reminded that HIV/AIDS continues to plague people from all walks of life around the world. There are 30,000,000 people infected globally. At the end of 2009 it was estimated that over 65,000 Canadians are HIV + and the numbers continue to grow.
 
An event such as Taste for Life serves as a reminder that there are still people out there who need our help. Over the past two years the event has yielded in excess of $190,000 excluding in kind donations from our local media. The proceeds are divided between the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation and our partner in this event, Bruce House. For more information about Bruce House please visit the following website: www.brucehouse.org
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bruce House staff without whom this event would be quite different, their dedication and passion help make it all happen.
 
We would also like to thank our local media, CTV, Magic 100, CFRA, The Ottawa Citizen, Capital Xtra for their part in getting the word out and for taking interest in the plight of people living and affected by HIV/AIDS.
 
Our title sponsor TD bank financial has been instrumental in helping the event grow. Not only do they provide sponsorship dollars they also recruit TD employees to volunteer the night of the event thanking patrons and collecting donations in all 48 restaurants. Thank you TD for your dedication.
 
Turpin has been a sponsor since the beginning of the event and continues to support us annually. Thank you Turpin for your unwavering support.
 
A huge thank you goes to the hosts who tirelessly and relentlessly badger their friends, coworkers and family members and who fill the restaurants. Thank you 
 
Thank you to the thousands of dinners who year after year have made the event what it is today.
 
And last but certainly not least thank you to all the restaurant owners without whom there would be no event: Thank you to those of you who have been part of the event forever and thank you to those of you who have recently joined us. We are totally grateful for your support over the years.
 
Last year the event went national, with AIDS Service Organizations in 22 Ontario locations participating and the Sharp Foundation from Calgary. Proceeds from the events are retained in the respective cities.
 
For more information on the event please visit www.atasteforlife.org
 
Stay tuned for more information on Camp Snowy Owl :)


Remembering Raymonde Turpin
Remembering Raymonde Turpin

One of our founding members Mme Raymonde Turpin got her wings December 12, 2010 . Mme Raymonde Turpin, was instrumental in establishing the foundation and the publishing of the book Look Beyond, the faces and stories of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Raymonde will be missed not only by the Foundation but by so many dear friends and family. We love you Mom xoxox


The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation 2008-2009

The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation
2008 - 2009
 
We are proud to announce that with your help in the fiscal year 2008 -2009 the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation was in a position to award grants to the following Canadian organizations:
 
Bruce House
Camp Wendake
HALCO
Métis Nation of Ontario
CACHA
 
For more information on these organizations please click on the links below.
 
January to March was spent preparing for our 10th annual fundraiser A Taste for Life. Of course much of those preparations were done from Tanzania as I returned there mid January to take part in my second medical mission with CACHA.
 
The Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) is a humanitarian organization that seeks to improve population health and provide HIV care and education to remote African communities. We accomplish this through the provision of adequate resources based on the determinants of health that include: childhood education, water and sanitation, women's rights, income security, housing and nutrition. We provide materials, infrastructure, and the exchange of skill development in order to create a positive outcome on health in supported regions of operation. We seek to engage in strategic partnerships and build programs to ensure sustainability, transparency and accountability.
 
The medical missions are an outreach to the various communities in the Kilimanjaro area and this one was extremely successful as we managed to treat over 3500 people and dispensed over 10,000 prescriptions in 9 clinic days. The balance of my time was spent working with the staff of the Kilema Hospital's Tegemeo Orphan and Vulnerable Children program (Tegemeo is the Kiswahili word for Support) helping to establish clear guidelines regarding our funding requirements.
 
Upon my return from Tanzania we hosted our 10th annual A Taste for Life which proved to be our most successful fundraiser to date. This year attracted some heavy hitters; Justin Trudeau attended our launch and was so impressed with the event that he returned to dine out at one of the participating restaurants. Needless to say the media took notice and were present as never before. Our event yielded over $120,000.00, funds that have provided much needed resources to many organizations.
 
The month of May was dedicated to year end and our accounting program received a much needed boost switching from an archaic program to Simply Accounting. Not so simply accounting is more the case. Switching over from one program to the next was not as simple as predicted but with the help of our accountant we were able to close our year end and submit the required tax forms in due time. Thank you Melissa for all your patience and perseverance.
 
June was our second fundraiser and it too was very successful. The staff from both Le Spa Ottawa at 429 Maclaren and the Loft Ottawa at their 380 Elgin street location held a "Cutathon". Thanks to the staff from both locations who donated their time, the Cutathon raised an amazing $3,000.00 in one day. Thank you Paul and Maggy for making this happen we are extremely grateful.
 
The month of August was spent in preparing for a second departure to Tanzania where I was co-lead for my third medical mission with CACHA. I was part of a multidisciplinary team of 26 volunteers, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists and logisticians, who worked with our Tanzanian counterparts. During this mission, our team visited 9 rural communities in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, principally providing basic surgeries, medical consultations and free medications. We treated over 3500 patients and distributed more than 9000 prescriptions.
 
The Snowy Owl participated in the AIDS walk by taking part in the preparations for Rubby Ribbon which is an event that helps support AIDS Walk Ottawa by soliciting sponsorships and then in return, Rubby Ribbon hosts an elaborate cocktail party to thank the sponsors. The event raised over $30,000.00 this year. The year's AIDS Walk Ottawa proved successful.
 
In January 2009 I returned to Tanzania to lead this my fourth medical mission where again I was part of an incredible team of volunteers made up of surgeons, physicians, nurses and logisticians whom helped treat over 5000 people in 8 clinic days. Thank you to all the volunteers who help make a difference in the lives of many.
 
Your support is what helps make a difference in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS and without you none of this is possible.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Bruce House

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HALCO


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The Metis Nation of Canada

Canada Africa Community Health Alliance


Bradford McIntyre

Positively Positive - Living with HIV/AIDS
 
On November 28th 1985, I was told by my doctor to inform my family, arrange my finances and funeral, I had six months to live! After four years of living in fear, my life took a dramatic turn and I embarked on a spiritual journey from fear to love! Healing does not necessarily mean cure of disease, but healing our mind and transforming our body to realize its full potential, joy and purpose. Learning about the influence that our thoughts have on our life and health, from breakdown to breakthrough. Living today as healthy and as fully as you can, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The Abundance of Life does not come from what one can provide for oneself, but it is provided in our connectedness.
 
We don't usually look at AIDS (or any life threatening illness) as an opportunity. But, without diminishing the seriousness of the disease or sentimentalizing its impact, it can be "a wake up call".

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2007 at the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation

2007 has been an extremely fulfilling year.
 
The year began with the preparation for our annual fundraiser A Taste for Life. The growth of the event enabled us to pull together a steering committee. This team was made up of professionals from Ottawa area businesses and they made it possible for our event to grow.
 
The foundation was invited to be part of the strategic committee for the Ottawa Coalition on HIV and AIDS, a network of AIDS Service Organizations who are affecting change.
 
The Coalition is a grouping of different partners, individuals and organizations working at solving the issues that face the members of our community who are living with HIV/AIDS. The Coalition is an organic structure where participants are free to get involved in issue based standing or time-limited working groups. The purpose of the Coalition is to contribute towards a greater strategic focus and to share information and good practices. It will also be a consultative body and will work at mobilising the community. It is an active participant in research and evaluation. Ad-hoc groups are formed to address common issues. This is intended to be a fluid structure.
 
Of this coalition a certain amount of working groups were identified including the creation of Joint Action Teams (JATs).
 
The purpose of the Joint Action Teams is to create a venue where interested organization and individuals can work together at addressing the specific needs of a target population in regards to HIV/AIDS. Thus far, there are four JAT's in existence, and more are likely to be developed in the future. We currently have the Gay Men's Wellness Initiative, the Injection Drug User group, the Education and Prevention committee and the Ethno-Cultural group.
 
In February on behalf of the Snowy Owl I headed to the northern district of Kilema, Tanzania, Africa. I was part of a multidisciplinary team of 22 volunteers, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists and logisticians, who worked with our Tanzanian counterparts. During this mission, our team visited 9 rural communities in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, principally providing basic surgeries, medical consultations and free medications. We treated over 5200 patients and distributed more than 8000 prescriptions of a value exceeding $ 20,000 thanks to the donations they received and the support of many volunteers. The experience so moved me that I committed to returning in October after joining the CACHA Board of Directors in July, 2007.
 
The Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) was founded in 2001. During the "Jeux de la Francophonie", The University of Ottawa Health Services had the privilege to host the designated medical care facility for athletes and their physicians. Dr. Kilby, UOHS Medical Director, met daily with African care providers to discuss a diversity of issues regarding the provision of health care in remote African communities.
 
At that time, arrangements were made to send medical equipment, supplies, and HIV/AIDS educational material to the African care providers upon their return home, thereby ensuring immediate requirements were met and that materials were sent to areas with the greatest need. Additionally, most physicians left with one full PC to be used at their medical sites.
 
Today, CACHA counts many members and sponsors who have participated and continue to participate in the development of our organization.
 
In October I returned to Kilema to be part of the HIV centre start up and the Orphan program.
Kilema HIV Centre opened in the fall of 2007, the HIV Centre is a focal point of our efforts to battle HIV/AIDS in the area. The 2-storey, approx. 5000 sq ft. building now houses space for voluntary counseling and testing, ARV treatment clinic, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, a fully-equipped laboratory for testing and follow-up, a specialized HIV pharmacy, community group meetings and Utu: the Kilema Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support Program.
 
Utu: The Kilema Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support Program Building on our established partnership with Kilema Hospital, we are striving to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children in the Kilema area in the following ways:
 
. Providing of basic necessities such as food, clothing, medical care and proper shelter
. Ensuring that orphans and vulnerable children receive education through provision of school fees, school uniforms and school lunches
. Meeting the social and emotional needs of the children through recreational activities and psychosocial support
. Utilizing tracking systems to ensure monitoring of support, transparency and appropriate distribution of resources among children according to their different levels of need.
 
I am now sharing the responsibility of running the orphan program with an incredible group of Canadians working in the field.
 
For further information on my October ventures feel free to visit my blog www.myheartisafrica.blogspot.com
 
April 25th, 2007 our 9th annual Taste for Life was again an extremely successful event. This year's event raised over $70 000.00 for which we are very grateful. The event attracted over 4000 diners, WOW what an incredible show of support. Thank you everyone. Now mark your calendars as it this year's event is scheduled for Wednesday April 23rd, 2008.
 
August was reserved for Camp Wendake, a place set apart where I volunteered again this year. Camp Wendake is a camp for people living with HIV/AIDS and their care-givers, loved ones, and traditional/non-traditional families. It is the only camp of its kind in Canada. The camp has rustic cabins, and it is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Bayfield, ON.
 
Camp Wendake is a non-profit camp, sponsored by the AIDS Committee of the Diocese of Huron staffed almost exclusively by volunteers and they rely on generous donations from the community to operate the program.

Camp Wendake is an amazing contradiction! People gather because of a common affliction, but find freedom from focusing upon the disease for a brief time - and find an opportunity to celebrate life. The camping experience occurs in a community where HIV/AIDS is the "norm".
 
February 2008, Camp Wendake joins CACHA as three of us are taking part in the medical caravan.

The Snowy Owl AIDS foundation was involved in the "AIDS Walk for Life" again this year with a twist, I co-emceed the event with Max Keeping.
In the fall I was invited to be a member of the Bruce House Board of Directors and accepted. Thank you Bruce House for all that you do.
 
On December 1 each year, the world comes together to recognize World AIDS Day. The Ottawa World AIDS Day Committee of the Ottawa Coalition on HIV/AIDS (OCHA) is hosting an event acknowledging World AIDS Day in Ottawa.
 
The theme of World AIDS Day 2007 - 2008, as identified by the UNAIDS is Leadership. We chose to celebrate the leadership of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa and the leadership of our community partners working in HIV/AIDS.
 
The event we prepared for World AIDS Day 2007 was held on Tuesday, November 27th, as a community forum and was held at Ottawa City Hall, in the Jean Piggott Hall. We tied in the UNAIDS theme to the work being done locally in Ottawa by using the theme "HIV/AIDS Leadership in our Community" for this event. Between 100 and 150 individuals attended this event and it included participation from individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the wider community, local schools and media.
 
We hosted individuals from our community living with HIV/AIDS who shared their experience and how they have provided leadership within the community, a few speakers and representatives working within HIV/AIDS in Ottawa, including Insight Theatre , Oni the Haitian Sensation who educated and entertained throughout the afternoon.
 
Ottawa's World AIDS Day Committee is a committee of individuals representing organizations in Ottawa who provide HIV/AIDS prevention and education services to the Ottawa community or support services to individuals within our community living with HIV/AIDS. The member organizations represented by this committee are AIDS Committee of Ottawa, ACHNO (African Caribbean Health Network of Ottawa), Bruce House, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Interfaith Council on AIDS, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation, Somerset West Community Health Centre and Youth Services Bureau.
 
A large part of our contribution was the display of the amazing photography of Jacqueline Turpin that made up the exhibit at the International AIDS conference in 2006. The panels, all 65 images were on display at City Hall, Carleton University and Ottawa University. An amazing effect!
 
With your help we have been in a position to grant thousands of dollars in funding requests making a difference in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Without your generous contributions this would not be possible.
 
Thank you for caring.
 
That wraps up 2007, as I think back on this year I realize we are making a difference and I thank you for all your support, without you we would not be in a position to make that difference.
 
Be Well
 
Lise D. Turpin
Director
The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation

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Camp Wendake A Place Set Apart!
Camp Wendake  A Place Set Apart!

Camp Wendake (Huron for: A place set apart) is a camp for people living with HIV/AIDS and their care-givers, loved ones, and traditional/non-traditional families. It is the only camp of its kind in Canada. The camp has rustic cabins, and it is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Bayfield, ON.
 

Camp Wendake is a non-profit camp, sponsored by the AIDS Committee of the Diocese of Huron. We are staffed almost exclusively by volunteers and we rely on generous donations from the community to operate our program.
 

Camp Wendake is an amazing contradiction! People gather because of a common affliction, but find freedom from focusing upon the disease for a brief time - and find an opportunity to celebrate life. The camping experience occurs in a community where HIV/AIDS is the "norm". And so it may include open discussions where people choose to share personal information regarding lifestyle, HIV/AIDS status, or other private details. Campers may attend in order to learn and share more about coping with their overall health and social issues - or they may come for the rest and refreshment of a caring and understanding community.

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I Have AIDS by Linda Peach

I Have AIDS
 
I have AIDS
and I'm pissed
I have AIDS
and I'm healthy
In fact I've never felt better
thank you
 
I have AIDS
and I want to know
why everyone who's had
unprotected sex, doesn't
I have AIDS
And I'm grateful
The most mundane occurrences
thrill me, lucky me
I have AIDS
and I'm scared
scared that you won't
ta1k to me
scared that you won't
touch me
scared that you won't
love me
 
I have AIDS
and I'm tired of your theories
and I want your opinions
I have AIDS and I want to forgive
forgive you for that look you give me
forgive myself for thinking
I deserve this
I have AIDS
and it's kicked my ass
yet I'm afraid it's just begun
I have AIDS
and it's taught me strength
I never knew
it's taught me love
I never had
 
I have AIDS and I want to get married
have children. . . grow old
I want the same things
everybody wants
But most of all
I want this voice ,
to stop
the voice that never stops
telling me . . .
 
I have AIDS

  • Linda Peach
    February 21, 1994


  • Tanzania
    Tanzania

    Jamboni,
     
    Early October 2006, I had volunteered for a medical caravan with CACHA (Canada Africa Community Health Alliance.) On February 2nd, 2007 I embarked on an incredible journey. We boarded the plane in Montreal and landed at the Kili airport in Tanzania on Saturday the 3rd. I had been preparing for this trip for months with very few expectations and many intentions.
     
    Our journey took us to Moshi, which is the closest town to our final destination. On Sunday, 21 Canadians descended upon the Diocese of Moshi Kilema Hospital at the base of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro where we were based. We proceeded to get acquainted and by Tuesday we were headed to our first of 9 hospital dispensaries we would manage (take over) in the following two weeks. Each one of these dispensaries was unique in their own rights. I would compare them to walk in clinics here but that would not do them justice. Most of these dispensaries are run by the Diocese and have very little in way of resources, and I mean very little.
     
    The group dynamics was an amazingly charged loving energy that permeated and marked the people of Kilema in many ways. We were a team of medical, pharmacy and logistics people who went to Kilema to make a difference and that we did.
     
    From cueing the folks, (quite a feat since Africans do not cue) to triage, to directing, to examining, and to dispensing dawa (medicine) the team made a difference and we were able to see over 5000 patients. Each participant was unique and offered their very own brand of medicine, be it holding a hand, consoling, diagnosing, singing to a child, dancing, whatever the moment called for we were there to deliver. I must admit I got so much more in return from the people we treated than I could ever hope to give.
     
    CACHA is involved with several projects in Tanzania particularly at the Kilema hospital. The biggest project that has been partially funded by the Rotary Club is the HIV/AIDS centre that is presently under construction and is scheduled to be operational in October, 2007. This centre will house, a testing site, the laboratory, they will offer counseling as well as short stay beds to help ease people into the regime of protocols.
     
    One of the other projects they are involved with is the orphan program. There are an estimated 400+ orphans in and around the Kilema Hospital catchments who are cared for by relatives, siblings, neighbors but no orphanage. Their needs are great, there have been 80 children identified as high risk in need of food and clothing and testing for HIV/AIDS.
     
    When visiting with a co-volunteer the other evening she related a statement someone made to her, she said "You don't go through Africa, Africa goes through You"
     
    I am blessed to have had such an incredible experience and invite anyone who is so inclined to take part in a mission.
     
    Lise D. Turpin

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    AIDS. Do Canadians Really Get It?
    AIDS. Do Canadians Really Get It?

    The answer is both "yes" and "no." Yes, Canadians become infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Every two hours. And no, unfortunately, a lot of Canadians just don't get it. AIDS isn't somebody else's problem. It affects the people you love, the community you live in, and the economy that supports us all. Lend your support: become better informed, minimize your risk, talk about AIDS with others, or support your local AIDS service organization.
     
    Each World AIDS Day, the Canadian AIDS Society launches a one-day print awareness campaign. The 2006 campaign will run in the Globe & Mail, Maclean's, La Presse and L'Actualité.
     

    Be Informed
     
    Every two hours, someone in Canada is infected with HIV. An estimated 58,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS - a 16% increase since 2002. Of these Canadians, 27% do not know they are infected with HIV/AIDS.
     
    The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada continues to rise due to the fact that new infections continue to occur and HIV/AIDS treatments have improved survival.
     
    Find out more about HIV/AIDS in Canada...
     

    Minimize your Risks
     
    Did you know that there is a difference between HIV and AIDS?
     
    Did you know that HIV is transmitted through unprotected sex?
     
    The more you know about HIV, the more empowered you will be to make informed choices to minimize your risk.
     
    Read more about the basics of HIV...
     

    Talk about HIV
     
    Nearly 40% of Canadians know, or have known, someone with HIV/AIDS. We don't always talk about it, but HIV/AIDS makes an impact in every office, in every home and on every street corner.
     
    Society's responses of fear, denial, stigma and discrimination have accompanied the AIDS epidemic. These responses also fuel anxiety and prejudice against the groups most affected, as well as those living with HIV or AIDS.
     
    Talk about HIV and help battle stigma and discrimination...
     

    Support your Local AIDS Service Organization
     
    AIDS service organizations (ASOs) are located in communities across Canada and provide services such as education and prevention, and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Support your local ASO. Make a donation. Volunteer. Get involved.
     
    To find an ASO nearest you, please consult our member directory...
     

    More about the Canadian AIDS Society
     
    The Canadian AIDS Society is nationally focussed and community-based. We are a coalition of over 125 community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada.
     
    Our 2006 World AIDS Day campaign was made possible through the support of the following sponsors:
    Taken fromt the Canadian AIDS Society website http://www.cdnaids.ca

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    A Recap of 2006
    A Recap of 2006

    December 11, 2006
     
    With the change in career came an incredible wealth of opportunities, who would have thought a year ago that I would have taken the chance to follow my dream and help this foundation grow to be recognized on an international level.
     
    Last February when I accepted the task of running the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation I wanted to take the year to learn about HIV/AIDS in Canada and around the world. Little did I know I was to set off on some incredible journeys!
     
    Our annual fundraiser Taste for Life was the most successful ever; we raised over $65,000.00 in donations and sponsorships. Mark your calendars; next year's event is scheduled for Wednesday April 25th, 2007.
     
    Shortly afterwards I was hired as a consultant for the AIDS 2006 international conference held in Toronto, Canada. This adventure took my sister Jackie Turpin, MPP and I across Canada to photograph, videograph and interview people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. All walks of life. It was an incredible journey that taught us more about HIV/AIDS in Canada then any book, website, workshop could have ever covered. The people we met working on the front lines and those living with this disease were remarkable in so many ways. The images that Jacqueline captured were utilized to form the major part of the Canadian Exhibit at the conference and our interviews along with the images were also utilized to put together a CD presentation that was playing during the entire conference and was distributed to the delegates.
     
    My next venture took me to Camp Wendake, A place set apart where I volunteered during the last week of August. Camp Wendake is a camp for people living with HIV/AIDS and their care-givers, loved ones, and traditional/non-traditional families. It is the only camp of its kind in Canada. The camp has rustic cabins, and it is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Bayfield, ON.

    Camp Wendake is a non-profit camp, sponsored by the AIDS Committee of the Diocese of Huron staffed almost exclusively by volunteers and they rely on generous donations from the community to operate the program.
     
    Camp Wendake is an amazing contradiction! People gather because of a common affliction, but find freedom from focusing upon the disease for a brief time - and find an opportunity to celebrate life. The camping experience occurs in a community where HIV/AIDS is the "norm".
     
    The Snowy Owl AIDS foundation was involved in the "AIDS Walk for Life" again this year and was in a position to display the beautiful panels that made up the exhibit at the conference.
     
    We've also been involved in a fundraiser initiated by Camp Wendake called
     
    "Switch on Hope .......................... Switch off Discrimination"
     
    This unique fundraiser provides an educated message to the public, about the harsh realities of discrimination that target individuals living with HIV/AIDS in both London and Ottawa.

    Over 50 light switch plates were given to high profile people in the respective communities including local politicians, radio and TV personalities, as well as artists and others who want to participate in sending a message of hope. The switch plates were then individually decorated with a common theme in mind- what does "Hope for the Future" mean to you? All of the creations were collected with a brief artist statement describing their interpretive art piece. Each light switch plate is now available for sale.
     
    February 02, 2007 is the start of my next venture. On behalf of the Snowy Owl AIDS foundation I will be journeying to the northern district of Kilema, Tanzania, Africa. I will be working within a multidisciplinary team of 22 volunteers, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists and logisticians, who will work with our Tanzanian counterparts. During this mission, our team will visit 10 rural communities in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, principally providing basic surgeries, medical consultations and free medications. During the Spring 2006 mission, the team were able to treat more than 5200 patients and distributed more than 8000 prescriptions of a value exceeding $ 20,000 thanks to the donations they received and the support of many volunteers.
     
    Through your support we have managed to grant several funding requests this year and here are but a few
     
    . Camp Wendake
    . Bruce House and the Red Ribbon Campaign
    . The Voices of Positive Women
    . C.A.C.H.A.
     

    We have a few other requests that we are looking into as well,
     
    . A Documentary "A Circle of Stone" about the AIDS Memorial in Toronto
    . Ottawa Inner City Health Special Care Unit
    . The Métis Nations
    . HALCO HIV & AIDS legal Clinic of Ontario
     
    That about wraps it up for us this year, we want to thank you for your generous support and to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you an incredibly happy Holiday Season and to wish you much health and happiness in the New Year.
     
    Sincerely,

    Lise D. Turpin

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