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For Immediate Release November 23rd, 2009 Mississauga, Peel Region. “Empowerment: Unwrap the Positive Side of Life”—A World AIDS Day Celebration in Peel Region The Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) is proud is announce its annual World AIDS Day celebration to remember and honor those who have lost their battle with HIV/AIDS, and to celebrate the resilience and community support for people who are living with, affected by, or at-risk for HIV/AIDS. We cordially invite all leaders, service providers, community members, and media representatives to join us for this event. Date: Tuesday December 1, 2009 Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm Venue: Living Arts Centre, Rogers Theatre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, ON Founded in 1991, PHAN is committed to serving people living with affected by HIV/AIDS and to limit the spread of the virus through support, education, advocacy and volunteerism. Serving Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, the agency provides a variety of programs on HIV prevention, health promotion and support to people who are living with HIV/AIDS. The theme for this year’s event is “Empowerment: Unwrap the Positive Side of Life.” By bringing community members together, we hope to raise awareness on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS; we hope to be empowered through story telling to evoke a compassionate response in the Peel community, in order to reduce the harm associated with HIV/AIDS. During the event, we will hold a candle making station at the start of the festivities, giving participants a chance to decorate their own candles in memoriam for those who have passed from HIV/AIDS. Participants will then work on a mural, providing their thoughts and illustrations to represent what the event means to them. We will have a youth group perform a theatrical piece based on the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS who will present a talk afterward.


“It hasn't been an easy road and I don't expect it will be smooth sailing from here on, but I know it can and will be worth it,� says event speaker Steven Albert, in regards to his thoughts on World AIDS Day and being a long time survivor of HIV. Light Refreshment is provided. Community members please RSVP with health@phan.ca or 905-361-0523 x 213. For information, media outlets and community agencies may contact PHAN directly.

Contact Information: Kevin Rambally, Health Promotion Coordinator Peel HIV/AIDS Network 905-361-0523 x 213 Email: health@phan.ca


WAD 2009 - Media Release