Inside Bruce House
Fall 2016
Henry Maxwell
 
"I like the joy in my life!"
 
Henry with his dogs
 
  Often in our newsletters we like to share stories of our clients and their journey through life with strength and perseverance. This time we decided to illustrate one life with one photo.
   This is Henry Maxwell,  and he is one of the most remarkable members of the Bruce House family.  A Bruce House client for two decades, a volunteer, a student-intern and now a college graduate. His story is extensive, and full of twists and turns, tragedy and loss, joy and self-discovery. 
   It is the joyfulness and self-discovery captured in this portrait that tells his story, and until his story is written, this is what Henry wants you to see, because as he says, “this is who I am, this is who I have become.  I want to be a voice in my community.”
   A man, that with the help of Bruce House, is ready to take on the world with strength, resilience and hopefulness. Congratulations on your diploma, Henry and for being named valedictorian.  We cannot wait to see the great things you will accomplish next.
CliveIntroducing Clive Carter 
New coordinator of the Transition House Program
 
  Bruce House is excited to welcome Clive Carter to our team as the new Coordinator of the Transition House Program.
  Clive describes himself as having a zest for life, and as “living in the reality that some things need changing, and stepping up to the plate to usher in those changes to better society.” 
  A nurse and activist, Clive has worked in hospitals, as a private nurse, in long-term care facilities, and most recently at our sister organisation the AIDS Committee of Ottawa.
  “I am excited to bring a holistic approach to client care, taking into account the needs of the individual as a whole—not just looking at a specific issue—creating programs and services that add value to the individual’s life.”
  Asked for his impression of Bruce House, Clive describes the agency as “a beacon in the community, at the forefront of offering care and addressing the needs of each individual within the treatment cascade.”   
Celebrating a Partnership 
Bruce House and CCOC
 
Debbie Barton from CCOC with Doug CooperBruce House cannot thank Centertown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) and its management and staff enough for their support of our mission and the homes they have helped us provide for people impacted by HIV.  From the first days of the house on Arlington—not yet Bruce House, but then the AIDS Housing Group of Ottawa—to the launch of the “apartment program” in 1992, CCOC and Bruce House have been close friends and allies. This partnership continues today as CCOC supplies more than half the units in the Supportive Independent Living Program.
 
 
"I think the world of Bruce House, one of our first and most valued community partners.  Thanks for all the great work you folks continue to do!"
- Debbie Barton, Manager of the Rental Dept. at CCOC (pictured here with Doug Cooper)
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A Continuum of Care
New program delivery model 
 
In combination with two new staff positions and a new program, Bruce House has revitalised and reimagined our services to more effectively respond to the needs of our clients.  Under this new model, clients are no longer “Apartment clients” or “House clients”—they are Bruce House clients.  Our three programs complement each other in supporting each client’s individual and changing needs.
 
Click here for PDF file on Bruce House programs
 
Community Events Updates 
 
Drag & Balls  It was an amazing summer of community events supporting Bruce House in so many fun ways. 
From baseball in drag, to an inaugural run, to dancing the night away to the 80’s music,  these fundraisers provided entertainment and the opportunity to create an atmosphere of support and mindfulness for those who are living with HIV.
 
  On August 20th two events were held benefitting Bruce House, Drag and Balls and the first ever National Capital Pride Run.  
  In the morning heat, enthusiastic runners, fans, family and friends came out to run the 5K or walk the 2K course.  There was no shortage of smiles, colour and energy and thanks to volunteer organizer Jeff Morrison and his crew, over $2300 was raised! Thank you to the compassionate participants who came out and started the day off with powerful strides and high fives, it was a fantastic event.
Pride Run   Hundreds of people enjoyed the antics of baseball in drag, the sunshine and delicious food and drink for the annual Drag and Balls baseball fundraiser at Riverain Park. Organized by volunteers, Steve Pageau, Dave Sabourin and the Ottawa QBall league, attendees and players were treated to the beat  of Black Swan Events, stiletto baseball games and the delicious BBQ donated by Mattar Meats. This year they shattered their fundraising goal, and over $4800 was raised to support programs and services for our clients.  We can’t wait for next year!
 
  Another huge thank you to Richard Brouse and Sergio Vazquez  who had a spectacular party at the Gilmour Inn during Pride on behalf of Bruce House.  We are so appreciative of your efforts and hard work to ensure that people under our care are well looked after.
 
  Other events around town included the Atomic Rooster Cock Art show (a packed house!) that donated a portion of their sales, showcased local musicians and provided their unique space for people to enjoy a bite to eat and buy some brilliant art. Our thanks to Michelle and Emily for their creative energy and big hearts for this marvellous evening.  Over $500 was raised, and we could not be more grateful.
 
  Once again, the Ottawa Knights held their annual Red Ribbon evening at Centretown Pub with help from Zelda Marshall, Henry Maxwell and of course those who enjoyed a great night out. Spearheaded by the remarkable Murray Lavigne, who is one of our outstanding volunteers, this night raised over $840! It is a very special night at CP, and we are tremendously grateful for the continued outpouring of support from the Ottawa Knights.
 
After Stonewall 80's Party  On October 1st the 80’s came back with a dance your feet off night at the legion on Kent.  Organizers Michael Deyell (Stonewall Gallery ) and Trevor Prevost (Wilde’s) brought together neon, lace and totally awesome tunes from DJ Ashley Gauthier.   The costumes were funky, the vibe was radical and the funds raised topped $2500.  A truly remarkable evening hosted and attended by such fun and dedicated friends to Bruce House.

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