AIDS Awareness Week thank yous, introducing new faces and spaces, updated ARCH hours, and discounts for Blue Mountain's LGBT ski weekend!
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Join us for these upcoming events...
  • Pride & Prejudice, December 17 from 6:00-8:00pm
    • connect with LGBTQ+ youth at this monthly social and educational group
  • Friends with Benefits, December 18 from 2:00-4:00pm
    • join gay, bisexual, and queer men for snacks and discussion

Events for people living with HIV:

Holiday Hours

There will be no Social Hour on December 22 or December 29, and there will be no Movie Night in December.

ARCH will be closed starting December 24 at 3:30pm, and will reopen on January 5, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

You asked, we listened.

Starting January 7, 2015, ARCH will be open from 9:00am- 6:00pm on Wednesdays. 
Updates from ARCH

New Spaces & Faces at ARCH

Over the fall, we have welcomed three new people to the ARCH team: Thyra Calvert (a practicum student in Support Services), Becki Linder (Street Outreach Worker) and Alysia Morrow (Grey Bruce Sexual Health Awareness Worker). Please help us extend a warm welcome to all of these folks on our team! 

In mid November, Stay Sharp shifted from the self-serve cupboard for harm reduction supplies at the Guelph Community Health Centre (CHC) to a fixed site model to provide increased support under best practice guidelines for provincial syringe distribution programs. We are grateful to the Guelph Community Health Centre for providing the space  and to all our community partners who came together in a relatively short time to provide staffing to the CHC office. Many thanks to ARCH, Sanguen Health Services, Wyndham House, members of the SOS team and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health for allowing this satellite site to get up and running to quickly and smoothly.
This image features an ARCH peer outreach worker with the supply shelving containing harm reduction materials.

Thank you for supporting AIDS Awareness Week!

We saw many of you over the course of our AIDS Awareness Week events in Guelph and Owen Sound. The week, along with our Red Scarf Project, was a great success and engaged many people in our communities. Thank you to the many groups that helped make this week possible, including the folks who knit scarves, donated prizes, supported our events and help us spread the word.  

ARCH calls for challenge to Bill C-36 

Many organizations that support sex workers, including ARCH, have been vocal in their frustration with Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, that came into effect this weekend. ARCH is among the many organizations that have signed a letter asking Ontario's Premier, Kathleen Wynne, to challenge this national legislation. While Wynne has stated Ontario will enforce the law in its current form, her government is exploring options to challenge these new rules.

The letter was written December 1st and the full text is available via HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Join our Trauma Recovery Group!

WHAT IS TRAUMA? Trauma is a Greek word for “wound”. In regards to psychological trauma it is an event(s) that damages our psyche, overwhelming our ability to cope and process the experience. Trauma is an event(s) that is perceived as something severely distressing that can have lasting impacts on not only our emotional well-being but can seep into our physical, mental and spiritual health as well. Prolonged traumatic stress symptoms can lead to a number of mental and physical health issues, namely depression, anxiety, hypertension, addictions and even chronic pain.

This image shows the outline of a brain, with a word cloud on the inside that includes the words PTSD, anxiety, fear, disorder, hypervigiliance, risk, traumatic.WHAT IS THE TRAUMA RECOVERY GROUP?
In recognition of the traumatic histories among PHAs, ARCH has developed a Trauma Recovery Program. The program is aimed at educating individuals about trauma and the impact it can have on every element of our lives. It will provide you with not only knowledge about trauma, but tools and strategies you can use to improve your quality of life. 
  • The group will be a closed group, meaning no new members will be able to join once the group has been established.
  • Each group will consist of 6-8 participants to create a safe and contained space.
  • This group is for people who identify as men
  • The group consists of 12 sessions, which will be spread out over 6-12 weeks depending on the schedules of participants. 
  • Each session will last approximately 2.5 hours (depending on the preferred number and length of breaks)
HOW DO I REGISTER? A meeting can be set up to discuss the group in more detail and complete the registration process. Contact Tashauna Devonshire or Jim Watkin for more information.

WHEN DOES THE GROUP START? The first course of the group will begin the week of January 20th, 2015 and go until the week of April 7th, 2015. This group will be for those who identify as men. Registration for this group ends January 16th, 2015, so reserve your spot!

High schools, here we come! 

Project Serve is a unique partnership between ARCH and the University of Guelph to develop engaging sexual health workshops for youth. 

This year, the project is focusing on three key themes: knowing ourselves and our bodies, building and maintaining healthy relationships, and physical and emotional sexual health. We cover topics such as living with HIV, LGBTQ+ identities, and safer sex strategies. 

This year, presentations will take place on February 19 and 20. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please get in touch with Sarah Chown to book yours today! 

Opportunities for gay and bisexual men

Join us for Friends with Benefits, the monthly discussion group we run with Out On The Shelf! This group is an open-ended and informative discussion for self-identified men into men. Each month we explore a new topic. If you would like to join us as a peer facilitator, please get in touch!

We are also recruiting volunteers to support our online outreach program on apps such as Grindr and Manhunt (see details online here).

Blue Mountain's LGBT Ski Weekend

Join ARCH in participating in at Avalanche Gay Ski Weekend, happening from January 9-11, 2015. As a participant in the Community Partner Program, ARCH will receive some proceeds from the events and is able to pass along a 15% discount on festival passes that we sell. Details about the weekend are available online here. To purchase a discounted pass, contact

LGBTQ+ matching program launches!

Along with Out On The Shelf, ARCH is proud to announce a new LGBTQ+ matching program called PEARS - Peer and Relational Support! 

PEARS is a program for LGBTQ+ people, their loved ones and close friends. The program connects people with shared identities and/or experiences and different generational experiences.  People from throughout Wellington, Dufferin, Grey & Bruce counties are welcome to participate.

You can check out full details (and refer others to get involved) online at feel free to spread the word far and wide and make referrals as much as possible. 

Questions? Get in touch at
Volunteer with us! We are looking for people to join our online outreach team, facilitate our LGBTQ+ youth group in rural areas, and help with social media. Contact or visit us online to see a full list of opportunities.
From the ARCHives...
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  • The Global TV program 16x9 featured a documentary on the lives of LGBTQ+ people and those aging with HIV (aired November 29, watch it online)
  • Hope Fahner, one of our Pride and Prejudice participants in Owen Sound, took the lead on getting an LGBTQ+ float in the Santa Claus Parade (via Owen Sound Sun Times, November 16)
For all things LGBTQ+ in Guelph, Wellington, Dufferin, Grey and Bruce Counties, vist us at!