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ARCH Newsletter June 2015
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The Marg Star Award

 
We would like to invite you to honour a volunteer who has been involved with HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health by nominating them for The Star Award.
 
The Star Award was established in 2012 after the passing of our long-term volunteer and Board Member Marg Starzynski. Marg started volunteering in 2002 training Peer Outreach Workers in the art of communication. In 2006 she was elected to the Board of Directors serving as Member, Secretary and Vice-President before retiring in 2011.
 
The Star Award is in recognition for a volunteer’s outstanding commitment and dedication to HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health. It acknowledges long-term and consistent contributions of individuals that use their experience, skills and knowledge to support ARCH in delivering services.

More information on Eligibility and Submissions:[HERE]

Queer Men’s Social Network (Q2MSN) 
(previously known as Friends with Benefits).

Queer Men’s Social Network is a monthly discussion group for all queer and questioning, cis and trans men into men - gay, bisexual, queer, polysexual, pansexual, two-spirit.  The mandate is to create a space for discussion of topics relevant to our challenges/successes as a community as well as to provide an opportunity for queer and questioning men to meet other men, to socialize and plan enjoyable social outings. Q2MSN meets on the last Monday of each month. The program is run in collaboration with Out on the Shelf and HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH).

Please join us at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave from 7-9pm. You will need to use the side entrance located at the far end of the parking lot, by the play structure. Once you enter, go up the stairs and the room is the first one on the right. If you would like to more info: www.qlinks.ca


Advocacy Action

Needed


Please ask Health Canada to approve Truvada for PrEP

The Health Initiative for Men (HIM) in Vancouver has circulated a petition calling on Gilead to submit an application to Health Canada to consider approval of Truvada for PrEP (also known as pre exposure prophylaxis). Truvada is one pill a day and can be an effective prevention tool for HIV negative gay men who engage in high risk sexual activity. Until Health Canada provides approval, PrEP can only be prescribed “off label”.
 
ARCH has signed the petition. and we have provided some links to articles/videos below that may be of interest.  Most are related to recent successful community action in Australia calling on Gilead to apply for approval there. 
 
This is important to our work to ensure that gay men have access to evidence-based and effective strategies to prevent HIV transmission.

Please consider signing the petition HERE

Resources:
Article/Links – for background information and promotion on social media
DailyXtra – HIV groups call on PrEP maker Gilead to seek Health Canada Nod HIM’s Petition 

#approvePrEPdownunder

GET READY:
Sept. 13th, 2015


What is the AIDS Walk?
The AIDS Walk is a national event that happens in cities all over Canada. The walk helps to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS, as well as to raise funds for local AIDS Service Organizations to provide services and programming.
 
When and where is the Guelph AIDS Walk?
This year the Guelph AIDS Walk will take place on Sunday September 13th, 2015 from 2-5 pm at the Riverside Park Bandshell. Registration starts at 2pm, walk at 3pm.
 
Who is walking in the Guelph AIDS Walk?
Everyone! We encourage everyone to walk, run, motor, roll, skip, etc. if they are able to. We also encourage organizations and businesses to sign up and participate/fundraise as a team. The more the merrier! 

 
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.

#HugsAgainstHate (#HAH )
is a campaign to raise awareness
and support about different forms of discrimination, oppression 
and –phobias that many of us in the two-spirit, transgender, 
intersex, queer, and questioning
communities face.


For more information on
#HAH simply go 
[HERE]

Pride & Prejudice - Owen Sound 

A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning youth (ages 14-24). For more information select HERE.

IDENTITY WORKSHOP 
For youth 13-24; regardless of
gender identity or expression,
orientation, and/or sex. 
This 1-day 3-part 
workshop consists of: 
Identity, 
DiscriminationOppression & Solidarity.

Info: Christoper Grimard at 
763-2255 ext. 150 or 
posprevention@archguelph.ca.
ARCH’s fabulous board member, Thomas Sasso [posingw/ fellow board member Marlene Pfaff] in the Guelph Mercury: 
Univ. of Guelph
students' research
explores workplace
exclusivity realities.


GUELPH — Two University of Guelph graduates students want to spur public discussion on the at-times-discouraging workplace experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people. Full article: Guelph Mercury

Gueph Mercury - Vik Kirsch, May 22nd, 2015
Massage Therapy
The last Friday of every month. Sessions are .5 hour starting at 3:30. Three sessions per timeslot.
Massage courtesy of Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Contact Gary for more info, housing@archguelph.ca or 7653-2255 ext. 153.
HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health is supported by the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin.
Celebrating Our Successes and Growing Together

We’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating our successes as we embark on creating more opportunities to grow and improve. In the past several months, our agency has been holding monthly meetings and lunch-n-learns to evaluate and improve ongoing anti-oppression practices. We’ve been partnering with many community partners to find out how we can do things better by listening, engaging and improving wherever we can. Our new complaint and feedback process is intended to facilitate difficult conversations that need to happen. Our five year strategic planning initiated this month, has been a collaboration of our clients & our members informed by health & harm reduction evidence-based strategies.  Each of us brings valuable lived-experience and community connections to our agency. By listening to each other’s diverse needs, being responsive to feedback, we are building a resilient community together.  
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