Job Posting: PHA Engagement Coordinator, PHAN

Posted on 14. Jun, 2016 by .


phanReporting to the Manager of Support Programs, and working as part of an integrated program team, the PHA Engagement Coordinator will provide leadership and coordination of peer leadership development and peer-led programming for People Living with HIV (PHA). This will involve developing, implementing, and evaluating a peer program infrastructure that supports peer-led programming and increases the greater and more meaningful of PHAs at PHAN. The Coordinator will also contribute to strengthening internal and external programs and services specifically designed to enhance the health and well-being of People Living with and affected by HIV in Peel.

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This posting expires June 26, 2016

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Update on Marisol Desbiens

Posted on 01. Jun, 2016 by .


For those wishing to pay their respects, please see the link below:

Obituary for Marisol Desbiens, Friends are invited to gather at the funeral home for visitation on Wednesday June 1 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Marisol’s Funeral will be a private family service.

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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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