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ARCH Newsletter October 2015
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ARCH is pleased to launch the second annual Red Scarf Project in Wellington, Dufferin and Grey- Bruce Counties. This project is an awareness raising initiative from HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) that is helping to reduce stigma in our community.

Community members are invited to get involved by knitting, weaving, sewing or crocheting Red Scarves and donating them anytime to ARCH. You can drop them off at our office (115-89 Dawson Rd, Guelph) or give us a call and we’ll come pick them up. Fabric and yarn donations are also very much appreciated.

Then, beginning in November the scarves will be distributed throughout our communities up to and including World AIDS Day on December 1st.

The Red Scarf Project offers us an opportunity to share facts about HIV in our communities. For example, 210 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Wellington, Dufferin and  Grey-Bruce since the onset of the epidemic. Currently, ARCH provides clinical care to 500 people affected by HIV. In 2013, there were 827 new HIV diagnoses in Ontario.

Take a photo of yourself or with others wearing a red scarf and post it to social media sites while nominating others (friends, family and coworkers) to do the same. Make sure to tell people that you are wearing this red scarf to support people living with HIV/AIDS and that it is time for HIV/AIDS related stigma to come to an end.

Join us for our events during AIDS Awareness Week from November 24 – December 1. Please make sure to check out our website at archguelph.ca/events to see what we have planned.

For more information please email Deanna Clatworthy at coordinator@archguelph.ca or phone 519-780-5298 ext. 144.



ARCH staff and board say goodbye to Tashauana Devonshire. Tashanua started as a student placement many years ago before going on to work at ACCKWA and then working abroad.  We want to thank her for her commitment and service to ARCH this last 18 months and wish her all the best on her new endeavor.   


We also say at this time a sad farewell to Gary Roche and we want to wish him the best in his new employment opportunity. Gary has been involved with ARCH for the past 11 years as both a volunteer with the Board of Directors and a most amazing employee.
And in Other News, ARCH is Hiring.

Support Services Coordinator  
Find information on this position [HERE]

Support Worker 
Find information on this position [HERE]
At the 26th Annual General Meeting this year retiring Board member Thomas Sasso was recognized for his hard work by Board President Janice Tigert Walters.Marlene Pfaff was honoured with The Star Award for her work with the agency. Marlene has been active with ARCH for more than 10 years and currently sits on the Board as Director serving in her fifth and is lead for the Board Recruitment Committee. Marlene is pictured with Kimberly Paton, Administrative and Volunteer Operations Coordinator and Tom Hammond, Executive Director.

We all would like to take a moment to recognize Lauren McDonald who was not able to attend the event that night. Lauren has been a long-term volunteer starting out with the Outreach Program in 2006 and retired this year from the Board of Directors after serving two years as Director and Secretary.
Earlier in the day The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jazmine Supple who has been volunteering with ARCH for approximately four years now. Jazz is always willing to lend a hand when needed and the staff love working with her because she always brings that smile and a good laugh with her.

Election 2015: Keeping HIV and Human Rights on the Agenda


Courtesy Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Aid Clinic

On October 19, 2015, Canada’s voters have an opportunity to decide what kind of government they want — one that has regard for evidence and upholds health and human rights for all, or one that perpetuates outmoded and ill-informed policies proven to produce devastating consequences for both individual and public health.
 
The Legal Network circulated a questionnaire to each of the major federal parties. Our questions gauge their positions on six critical issues related to HIV and human rights. 

For the questions & answers, you can find the information [HERE]

THANK YOU


On behalf of us all at HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH), we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Guelph AIDS Walk 2015.
 
The Walk well exceeded our expectations and we were more than successful in surpassing our fundraising goal which was set at $10,000. And we have you to thank for that. Without the support of the support of the Guelph community and the generosity of our donors, the day wouldn’t have been the success that it was. Thank you to our corporate sponsors McNeil Consumer Healthcare, RLB and the Rotary Club of South Guelph.
 
We hope that we can count on your support in 2016 because without you, we know that we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do.
 
The Staff, Volunteers & People We Serve

 
HIV Testing at ARCH

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph in conjunction with ARCH is offering all gay, bisexual, men and trans men who have sex with men and other at risk populations extended .

Extended testing hours are offered on the first  and third Wed. of each month from
4:30-6:30 pm. Weekly hours will still continue to from 1:30-3:30 pm. Please check our website at archguelph.ca for the most current testing dates / cancellations.  Or telephone 519 763-2255 for more information.
Massage Therapy
 
Last Friday of every month. Sessions are .5 hour starting at 3:30. For more information, 763-2255.

Massages are courtesy of Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy.
 
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