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Saturday, 19 March 2022 16:43

MasQueerade - A Queer Community Dance

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Gilead Canada presents 

MasQueerade*

 

ACNS invites you to our 2SLGBTQIA+ community dance! 

Costumes are NOT required!   However, costumes ARE welcome!

Tickets are $25, and $20 for those underwaged (stated prices include taxes and eventbrite service charges). Get your tickets at www.tinyurl.com/MasQueeradeDance.

Join us on Saturday, July 9 for a night of dancing, a bit drag and tons of overall delight! The event will take place in the McInnes Room, 6136 University Avenue, Kjipuktuk (Halifax)

There’ll be a significant door prize package (currently valued at over $700), a prize for best costume (for those who want to come in one) and while this is a licensed event, we’ll have a sober lounge too!

This dance party for Halifax’s queer community features spectacular performances by our hostesses with the mostesses, Elle Noir and Cynthia Stilts, alongside our incredible DJ’s, Dj Fadzwa and DJ Tranzishən!

More details to come!  

  A huge shout out to Gilead Canada as our presenting sponsor!

  

For more information contact Jordan at 902-425-4882 ext 226 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 *In support of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia

  

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 08:32

Red Scarf Project-Halifax

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We won’t spin your yarn – The Red Scarf Project is back!
Meant to raise awareness of World AIDS Day, HIV/AIDS, and U=U, we will be hanging red scarves on the fences around the Public Gardens to be taken by any who need them.
Given last year’s success, we’re bringing the project back, and we’re hoping to make it even bigger. We had over 150 scarves bearing educational messages on display on December 1st, 2021. Just like last year, we will tie hand-made scarves to mark World AIDS Day 2022.
We are recruiting knitters now for this year's iteration. If you are interested in knitting for the event, are hoping to drop off finished scarves, or want to know more about the Red Scarf Project, contact our Fund Development Coordinator, Jordan Parker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-240-7384 or DM us.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:57

World AIDS Day Vigil Halifax

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On Wednesday, Dec 1, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia will be hosting the 2021 Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil.

This year the Vigil will be both in-person and virtual. To attend either option advance registration is required. The ceremony starts at 7:00pm

The in-person Vigil is being held at the Italian Cultural Center, located at 2629 Agricola Street in Halifax. ASL will be provided. A scent-free policy is in place for this event. The space is accessible, on a bus route, and has street parking. 

The virtual aspect of the Vigil will be avialable via Zoom. ASL will be live-streamed as part of the Zoom feed.

ACNS is pleased to announce that Arthur "Dave" Miller will be the guest speaker at this year's Vigil. Dave has been involved in HIV/AIDS work both locally and nationally for many years. He is currently a Community Health Educator and works in Atlantic First Nation Communities with Healing Our Nations, and is also the Atlantic HIV Stigma Index Coordinator with REACH Nexus at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions. 

All are welcome to join us as we remember and celebrate the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS who have passed away in Nova Scotia. The night will include the Reading of the Names and a candle-lighting ceremony to honour their lives. There will be musical performances, poetry, and more.

For more information, please contact Dylan Samson, Program Coordinator at 902-425-4882 ext. 225 or 800-566-2437 ext. 225 or cell: 902-403-7841, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
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The World AIDS Day Vigil is supported by a grant from

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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:41

Volunteer With Us

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ACNS offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including administrative, fund development and awareness events, PLHA (People Living with HIV/AIDS) services and Board or Committee work. 

Make a difference. Volunteer Now.

Administrative opportunities include general administrative work; this type of work occurs during regular office hours. Fund development and awareness events usually occur in the evenings or on weekends.

We have various events occurring throughout the year. Our yearly schedule includes:

  • The Red Gala Fundraiser
    TBD
  • Halifax Pride Week float and campaigns
    Late July
  • AIDS Awareness Week
    Last week of November, ending December 1st
  • Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil
    December 1st

PHA Services includes our Complimentary and Alternative Therapies (CATS) Program. Registered therapists from differing modalities such as therapeutic massage, and osteopathy offer free appointments to our HIV-positive members; etc.

The Board composition reflects the involvement of people living with HIV, health professionals, community members and various other skill areas. The Board operates under a Policy Board model (CARVER). Board members are elected for a two-year term and participate in at least one of the board committees: (1) Human Resources & Governance Committee; or (2) Vision & Strategy Committee.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:10

Events

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  • MasQueerade - A Queer Community Dance

    MasQueerade - A Queer Community Dance

      Gilead Canada presents  MasQueerade*   ACNS invites you to our 2SLGBTQIA+ community dance!  Costumes are NOT required!   However, costumes ARE welcome! Tickets are $25, and $20 for those underwaged (stated
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  • BMO Bid for Change

      Thanks...  We want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, everyone who donated, everyone who bid, and every business and organization that submitted an
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  • Red Scarf Project-Halifax

    We won’t spin your yarn – The Red Scarf Project is back! Meant to raise awareness of World AIDS Day, HIV/AIDS, and U=U, we will be hanging red scarves on the fences
    Read More
  • World AIDS Day Vigil Halifax

    World AIDS Day Vigil Halifax

    On Wednesday, Dec 1, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia will be hosting the 2021 Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil. This year the Vigil will be both in-person and virtual.
    Read More
  • Hold your own event

    Hold your own event

    Hosting an event to raise funds for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia can be easy! Your event can be anything – an aerobics marathon, a stair climb, bake sale, a
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:47

Become an Event Sponsor

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Show your corporate support by sponsoring an ACNS event, and become part of a very select group– some of Nova Scotia’s leading (and most caring) businesses.

We are very grateful for the long-term corporate financial support of our events. Involvement on a corporate level demonstrates dedication and support forimportant public awareness activities,and helps raise thousands of dollars for our education and support programs in communities across NS.

Corporate commitment to ACNS enables us to reach more people, recruit more volunteers and raise more funds to enhance our reach in prevention, anddirectly impacts the quality of life of people living with HIV,and those at risk.

If you belong to an organization that wants to make a real difference in the awareness efforts about HIV, partner with us. Drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-240-7384.

Our unique sponsorship opportunities help you

• Build customer and employee loyalty
• Strengthen brand value in your customers’ minds
• Reach consumers across Nova Scotia
• Improve workplace morale and enhance team-building

To get involved, email or call us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 902-240-7384.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:46

Hold your own event

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Hosting an event to raise funds for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia can be easy! Your event can be anything – an aerobics marathon, a stair climb, bake sale, a bowling or golf tournament – or whatever else you can dream up. If you need some assistance, ask us – we have lots of ideas. Contact us today and we can talk more about it.

To inspire you, here’s some pastexamples of third party fundraisers: BBQs, Glam Delusion, an 80s Old School Dance Party, Wine and Cheese....

To register your event, please contact Chris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll need your name, and your fundraising idea. In return we’ll offer any help we can give!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:38

BMO Bid for Change

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Thanks..

We want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, everyone who donated, everyone who bid, and every business and organization that submitted an item for the cause.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors, who have been here as our'Bid' event has shifted (more than once) and become an entirely new event since COVID side-lined our planned March 2020 event. In particular we would like to thank:

  • BMO Financial Group
  • ViiV Healthcare
  • Gilead
  • Docaitta Design, and
  • WestJet

Thank you to all four interns since January of 2020 that have had a hand in working on, and reimagining what our event might be - during very challenging times! Kudos to Rowan McArthur, Joyce Sseguya-Lwanga, Jennifer Flynn and Jordan Parker.

Thank you, as well, to two key volunteers that contributed substantially towards this event: Darrell Mombourquette and Anita Keeping.

For the tireless support of all involved, we are so grateful. We will hope to see you all in the New Year for bigger and better (and in-person) things! 

NOTE: For those who missed our Live-stream on Nov 19th you can see a recording here (and thanks to Sean MacDougall from Keltic Kreative for assisting with cleaning up the video).

 

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For more information contact Chris at 902-425-4882 ext 227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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our 2021 BMO Bid for Change sponsors ...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:29

Partners & Supporters

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Please note that the list of partners and supporters of ACNS changes frequently. If your name is missing please let us know. It is our goal to work collaboratively with others to reach success in a shared vision for the future.

National Partners in our work

Atlantic Partners in our work

Nova Scotia Partners in our work

Main Funding Partners

Corporate & Business Supporters

Without the generous support of corporate and business community members, ACNS would not be able to achieve such a high level of success. Thank you for your ongoing commitment. (with links)

Friday, 08 May 2015 14:23

Your dollars at work

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Imagine…

  • A world where people living with HIV have access to the programs and services they needed to help them become happier and healthier.
  • The impact on their lives, their family members and those they love if they received all the support they needed.
  • A place to find out answers to questions about HIV, HCV or other STIs so people with HIV, and those at risk, can make better, healthier decisions. A place where anyone can ask questions, get a referral, tell their story and receive support…

ACNS is committed to creating change by

  • Providing support services programming for people living with and most affected and in doing so, we are empowering, informing and supporting.
  • Helping people living with HIV to build support networks
  • Providing education & skills building opportunities for individuals and communities so that others may be part of the solution.
  • Disseminating resources, workshops and campaigns that seek to address misinformation about HIV, HCV and other STIs, and to combat stigmas.
  • Delivering targeted prevention programs to meet the needs of unique populations, such as specific programming for street youth, health check lists for gay men, prevention campaigns for women as well as our African Black & Caribbean communities, and more. Check our Programs & Services section of our website. (link)
  • Striving to influence the development of healthy public policy that fosters supportive environments for people living with HIV so they can easily access services and community supports.
  • Collaborating with more than 50 other groups and organizations across NS to achieve our goals.

With your help, ACNS has played a strong role in reducing the negative side of how HIV can impact people and families.We have helped to inform hundreds of individuals each year through our targeted programs. We have distributed thousands of resources, received hundreds of calls and provided referrals.

It is by the generosity of our donors, and the work of our volunteers and staff, ACNS has great success and an impact in our communities.

 

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