Mourning the loss of a community member

Posted on 19. May, 2016 by .



Dear Friends,

We are saddened by the news that Marisol Desbiens passed away on May 18, 2016.

Marisol worked with the OAN for a brief time from January to March, 2009 as a Program Assistant with the PHA Leadership Program (now PLDI). She was also a co-investigator and research assistant for the 2010 PLDI Positive Change Makers booklet.

Marisol was a Peer Research Associate and volunteer with the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS). She had been working in the HIV community for the past 8 years. She also volunteered at PWA in the Speaker’s Bureau and Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program. Marisol was very engaged working in different HIV settings and enjoyed working with PHAs from diverse communities. She believed there is not enough research when it came to women’s issues.

Marisol was also on the Teresa Group board of directors.

In her own words, she liked to smile a lot and when there was something that needed to be voiced out, she would do it. She enjoyed helping people such as peers and community members. The greatest reward for her was personal satisfaction. In describing herself, she said she was wise, approachable and flexible.

Marisol will be greatly missed by many.

When more information is available, we will post an update.

The OAN extends our sympathy to Marisol’s family at this difficult time.


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Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator, OHTN

Posted on 17. May, 2016 by .


OHTNThe Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), established in 1998, is an innovative, not-for-profit organization that supports and conducts high quality research to help end the HIV epidemic, and shares the best available evidence with all those who can put that knowledge into action.

The position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing of all activities and projects related to the Ontario Community HIV/AIDS Reporting Tool (OCHART), the system that organizations funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care use to report on their activities and on client needs. Reporting to the Manager of the Evidence-based Practice Unit (EBPU), the position works collaboratively with community agencies, OHTN research analysts, OHTN web designers and writers, the IT team and the AIDS Bureau. The OCHART coordinator creates and sustains a supportive and collaborative environment assisting agencies in submitting their data and assisting agencies and the AIDS Bureau in analyzing that data and using it to guide programs and services.

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The posting closes Friday May 27, 2016

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Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors, PHAN

Posted on 05. May, 2016 by .


phanFounded in 1991, the Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) is committed to serving people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to limit the spread of the virus through support, education, advocacy and volunteerism. Peel Region is the second-largest municipality in Ontario with a population of approximately 1.6 million people. Serving the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon, PHAN provides a variety of programs and services related to HIV prevention, health promotion and support to people who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Please visit our website for more information about PHAN

The role of our Board of Directors (Board) is to provide governance to the organization, identify and monitor strategic priorities, set agency policies and determine innovative ways to promote and enhance HIV/AIDS awareness, services and support in the Region of Peel.

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Applications can be emailed, mailed, faxed or dropped off to the PHAN office. Applications are due by 6PM on June 30, 2016

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