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Inside Bruce House
Summer 2015
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Celebrate Summer and Support Bruce House 
Drag & Balls Charity Softball Fundraiser
 
Think skilled baseball can't be played in 5-inch heels? Think again.
 
Last year this volunteer-driven fundraiser donated over $2600 to Bruce House.  This year they want a grand slam!
 
Beer tent, BBQ, nail painting and so much more.
Saturday, August 15th 12:00 to 6:00pm
Riverain Park.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jordan 
 
JordanI'm so happy to be involved with Bruce House again!
 
In 2006, when I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with HIV. It was a tough time for me, but organizations like Bruce House were available to me to wrap my head around this new reality. I joined the Bruce House Board of Directors in 2007; was a host for A Taste for Life; and invited family and friends to the restaurant I was hosting at. They all showed up to support Bruce House and the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation; and in my eyes, they were there to support me. I learned so much from being on the board, and continue to use those skills. I also met some of the most amazing and inspiring people I've ever met, who I continue to socialize with and learn from.
 
I remained on the Bruce House Board of Directors for three years, then joined the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) Board of Directors, thanks to the encouragement and support of Bruce House's own Executive Director, Jay Koornstra. In order to focus on just one board, I stepped down from the Bruce House Board reluctantly. After spending an additional three years on the CAS Board, I also stepped down from my position as PLWHIV/AIDS Youth Director. This was a turning point where I realized how much work and how strong you have to be to be in the HIV/AIDS world. I met amazing mentors on both boards, but was feeling exhausted from the time spent understanding what people living with HIV had been through, and what I was living with now. Seeing the work that people on the front lines (both HIV positive and negative) had trail-blazed was astounding. I was no longer involved as heavily with the HIV community in 2013 and began focussing on my life and what I wanted to do with it. I met an amazing man and married him this past June.
 
As the wedding was approaching, I realized there was something missing in my life that I had always found comfort in; Bruce House and its staff and volunteers. I was missing that community support. As exhausting as I thought it was at one point to be involved with the HIV community, I realized I was missing their support and understanding. Although I am not heavily involved at the moment, I enjoy volunteering at the Bruce House office's front desk once a week. This keeps me busy and also keeps me in the loop. I enjoy knowing what the community is dealing with; and how I can help out or support my extended family. My involvement with the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation and Camp Snowy Owl has continued; and I'm feeling inspired once again from volunteering at yet another successful year at camp with people I love so much. Knowing there are people out there who "get it" and understand my struggles makes life a lot brighter. I want to thank these people who fight tirelessly for what's right. Important issues, such as supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, cannot be ignored. I see firsthand how these people are not being ignored, but helped in ways that keep hope alive.
 
This is my community, and I'm lucky to be in the company of people who care so much.
 
—Jordan
You Walked, Now Take a Stand 
 
You.  Yes, you. 
Take a STAND
 
Thousands of people in Ottawa have been diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  Thousands more are affected.  Friends. Family. Co-workers. Classmates.  Neighbours.  Men and women.  Adults and children.  People
 
People around you. 
People just like you. 
Perhaps you.  
 
I STAND is a brand new fundraiser building on the accomplishments of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, in support of Bruce House, The AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Kind (formerly PTS) and The Youth Services Bureau.   
 
Stay tuned for details this fall.
 
Annual General Meeting 
Sept. 21 2015
 
We look forward to sharing with you the successes, challenges, and achievements of Bruce House in the past year.
 
Please note that you must be a member in good standing thirty days before the AGM in order to vote. Current members may renew their membership before the start of the meeting. 
 
An RSVP to admin@brucehouse.ca is appreciated.
 
Monday, September 21
BBQ and registration - 6:00pm
Meeting - 7:00pm
Dominion Chalmers United Church
Cooper at O'Connor
Happy Pride! 
Capital Pride Aug. 17-23
 
Please join us in celebrating 30-years of PRIDE.  See Bruce House in the parade, and look for us at the community fair.
 
MLO Weekend 
Oct. 23-25
Bruce House is the chosen charity for this SIZZLING Fall event.  Join us!
 
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Summer in the Community Kitchen 
 
Through a generous donation of kitchen space by the Dominion Chalmers United Church, dedicated volunteers and a core group of eager chefs, the Community Kitchen Program encourages healthy meals, socializing and the development of cooking expertise.

Need a break from the heat?  Try this refreshing and nutritious salad.
 
Black Bean and Couscous Salad
Prep: 30 mins
Ready In: 35 mins
Servings: 8
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2 quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous. Cover the pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans and toss to coat.
  3. Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Farewell, Tim 
 
On the 14th of April, Tim Meakin passed away.

For nearly seven years we offered our longtime friend, Tim Meakin, housing and support. He was a fiercely independent man who, although unable to vocalize, made us all know just how he wanted his life to be lived.  He is deeply missed.
Spring Bloomed with Community Generosity  
 
This national fundraiser led by Bruce House raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS Service Organisations from St. John’s to Calgary.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our restaurants—the owners, chefs and staff. Thanks to the sponsorship of TD, 100% of the funds raised goes directly to Bruce House and the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation.  Thank you to Steph the Grilling Gourmet© for his signature style and dedication to the success of the evening, and to our hosts who are rock stars!  We look forward to seeing you on April 27th, 2016. 
 
An enormous thank you to the dedicated volunteers and attendees of the remarkable Bon Appetit evening.   With over $128,000 raised on May 5th, Bon Appetit is truly one of the most dedicated community fundraisers, giving to 20 local grassroots Organisations. Charitable giving never tasted so good! 
 
Thank you to the hard work and tremendous efforts of the organisers of the fabulous Swirl and Twirl.  Supporting the LGBTQ community with delicious wine, beer, spirits, bites and entertainment for 11 years. 
 
Bruce House is very grateful for the evening of generosity on May 4th.  It was a privilege to introduce ourselves to so many local women who are truly making a difference for so many local Organisations.
  

 
Wish List
 
Are you good with tools and maintenance tasks?  We need help with minor repairs at our Transition House. 
 
We need towels!  Hand towels, face cloths, bath sheets, dish cloths and towels.
 
Please contact Jill at jill@brucehouse.ca

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