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AIDS Committee of Ottawa

Anna Yassin
Volunteer Coordinator
AIDS Committee of Ottawa

19 Main Street
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1S 1A9

TEL: 613-238-5014
FAX: 613-238-3425

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Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Women

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) works to provide support, prevention, education and outreach services from an integrated anti-racism anti-oppression social justice framework that promotes the holistic wellbeing of those living with, affected by, impacted by and at risk of HIV/AIDS in Ottawa.


Volunteer Opportunities

• The Board of Directors work to provide governance support and structure to the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO).
• It is the mission of ACO to empower people living with HIV/AIDS and the PHA (persons with HIV/AIDS) community in Ottawa through promoting the well-being and quality of life of those living with, or closely affected by, HIV/AIDS. The ACO works to reduce the barriers that foster the transmission of HIV/AIDS and is an active partner in the community-wide response to HIV/AIDS.
• ACO is committed to adopting and implementing policies that foster the greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the meaningful engagement of people with HIV/AIDS, otherwise known as the GIPA/MEPA principals and as also expressed in the Ontario Accord.

• Attending and actively participating in meetings
• Chairing and participating in committees and projects
• Participating in Strategic Planning
• Reporting committee results
• Implementing the Board’s work plan

Required Qualities and Skills:
• Over 18 years of age
• Legal resident of Canada
• Member of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa
• HIV knowledge and activist experience are desirable
• Familiar with the GIPA/MEPA principals and the Ontario Accord
• HIV+ individuals from priority populations are encouraged to apply. ACO is committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from community members who identify as GBMSM, Trans, African-Caribbean and Black, Indigenous and People Who Use Drugs.
• Must not be in undischarged bankruptcy and willing to undergo a Police Records check
• General skills in problem solving, critical decision making, and leadership are required
• Specific skills and experience in communications, as fundraiser, legal affairs and strategic planning
• Energetic, dedicated, enthusiastic and flexible

Time Commitment and Place:
• Monthly board meetings for 2.5 hours
• Monthly committee meetings and related work 5 to 7 hours
• Members of the board are elected for a 2 year term
• Meetings held at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, 19 Main St. Ottawa, ON. Held on the second Wednesday of each month

Training and Orientation:
• Orientation to HIV/AIDS and AIDS Committee of Ottawa
• Orientation to Board processes, bylaws, and committee structure, Anti-Racism/Anti Oppression Training, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training.
• Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)
Location: 19 Main Street
Deadline: Jun 30, 2018
Role Description:
To deliver outreach programming at events and venues external to the AIDS Committee of Ottawa. This includes bars, parties, special events ( Carivibe, Jam Day, Glow Fair) and info fairs. Other opportunities might come up.

• Support development of new outreach strategies for communities impacted by HIV.
• Set up displays with information and safer sex supplies.
• Ability to meet scheduled commitments or to inform the Men’s Outreach Coordinator when unable with reasonable notice.
• Mingle with people at events in a friendly, professional manner.
• Keep track of statistics. There will be statistical tracking sheets in the supply bag.
• Answer questions from community members around sex and sexuality, risk reduction, condom use, and other elements of sexual health promotion and prevention work.
• Advocate for sex positivity, harm reduction, anti-oppressive approaches, and the rights of People with HIV/AIDS to make choices in accordance with their own values.
• Provide feedback regarding effectiveness, nature of questions asked at venues, demand for outreach.
• Check in with the Men’s Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator around successes, challenges, and changes regarding outreach.

Recommended Qualities and Skills:
• Friendly, respectful, and sex-positive.
• Between 18 and 35 years of age
• Strong research skills regarding safer sex approaches, HIV/AIDS news, and outreach strategies.
• Able to contribute to outreach program design.
• Able to maintain appropriate boundaries at outreach venues.
• Comfort talking openly and frankly about all aspects of sexuality
• Engaging

Training session happening soon!
Location: 19 Main Street
Deadline: Jun 30, 2018