The People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) Forum is the only national annual event designed for PLWHIV to participate in creating their vision for the future.
The Forum, open to all PLWHIV, is an excellent opportunity to:
- network with other people living with HIV from across Canada;
- set priorities for the community-based AIDS movement; and,
- participate in the general business of the Canadian AIDS Society.
Delegates of the Forum elect their regional PLWHIV Directors to the Board of the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS). In addition, resolutions arising from the Forum go directly to the Board of Directors to help guide the ongoing work of CAS. All delegates of the Forum have full voting rights and are encouraged to run for any vacant PLWHIV position on the CAS Board of Directors.
While both the CAS PLWHIV Forum and Annual Meeting have in the past traditionally been hosted in Ottawa, we instituted a new practice of hosting our annual conferences in various cities across Canada. This year we are pleased to hold the PLWHIV Forum in Regina, SK, from June 6th to 9th, 2017.
There are several advantages to hosting our conferences in various locations across Canada – and we intend to increase the total number of CAS scholarships to offer financial assistance to PLWHIV, with or without ASO affiliation, and member organization representatives as a way to encourage attendance to these important meetings.
If you are seropositive for HIV and care about the future of PLWHIV, the Forum is an excellent opportunity to share information, discuss new ideas, contribute to policy development and renew acquaintances.
Latest news about the PLWHIV Forum:
For the past several years, we have hosted a People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) Forum which brings together persons living with HIV in the movement to help review CAS’ work for the year and to set directions for the future. The 2017 Forum, held from June 6th to the 9th in Regina, Saskatchewan, brought together about 70 people from several key population groups from across the country who are particularly affected by HIV — including women, Indigenous, African-Caribbean Black, MSM, users or ex-users of drugs, heterosexual, trans, aging and youth. This diverse group of people had a combined 815 years ...Read More
This document explains the process for electing your Board of Directors. As elections are a serious issue for the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), we wish to ensure that all delegates fully understand the election process. This document clearly outlines how candidates for various Board positions are nominated; who retains the right to vote; the role of the Regional Caucuses; and, the actual voting process. Important changes to the elections process were approved in 2011 and are in effect at the 2017 Forum and AM. Please review this document carefully before the meetings. General Structure The Canadian AIDS Society is a ...Read More
The 2017 PLWHIV Forum will be held June 6-9 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Official Hotel & Meeting Venue: The Hotel Saskatchewan, Autograph Collection 2125 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0S3 www.hotelsask.com Registration Form: The 2017 PLWHIV Forum Registration form can be filled out: Online via PDF that can be printed and faxed back: 2017Forum-Registration via Word Document that can be filled out digitally and returned via email or fax: 2017Forum-Registration AGENDA OVERVIEW – 2017 PLWHIV FORUM TUESDAY JUNE 6 CENTRAL TIME ZONE (CT) Supper provided 15:00 – 18:00 Forum Registration/Staff Support Table 18:00 Meet & Greet/ Orientation: All Forum Delegates, Board, staff 19:00 ...Read More
First, our sincere apologies for the delay in following up about the Forum/Annual Meeting. For reasons beyond our control, namely the timing of the disbursement of funds required for this year’s event, we were unable to proceed within our original timelines. The Forum had previously been announced for May with a specific venue in mind. With this delay, we are now obliged to change both the location and the dates for the PLWHIV Forum. Please note that our usual funder will not finance the Annual Meeting, so we will be looking for other opportunities to hold our Annual Meeting. New ...Read More
This form is also available for submission online. The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) scholarship program offers financial assistance to individuals with or without ASO affiliation and member organization representatives as a way to encourage attendance to the PLWHIV Forum (Forum) and Annual Meeting (AM). Depending on available funding, scholarships may or may not cover all costs associated with attendance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek additional sources of funding. Scholarship awards will be determined by the Canadian AIDS Society, based on a fully completed scholarship application form. All answers in each application will be assessed objectively. The number of scholarships ...Read More
The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) scholarship program offers financial assistance to individuals with or without ASO affiliation and member organization representatives as a way to encourage attendance to the PLWHIV Forum (Forum) and Annual Meeting (AM). Depending on available funding, scholarships may or may not cover all costs associated with attendance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek additional sources of funding. Please read the following to ensure you are eligible and aware of the requirements and deadlines. Who can apply for a scholarship? All people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV) (ASO affiliation not required) CAS member group representatives as AM delegates ...Read More
Dear CAS members, The past year was a tumultuous period for the Canadian AIDS Society and for the HIV/AIDS movement as a whole – in fact, the word crisis is not too strong a term to describe it. Let’s not kid ourselves: there have been significant costs associated with this period of turmoil – both monetary and emotional costs as CAS strived to both manage the crisis and simultaneously begin a period of renewal. From what several member organizations have been telling us, there have been various facets of discontent for some time; so it makes sense that things cannot ...Read More