Inside Bruce House
April 2017
Hey, Things Look a Bit Different!
Newsletter changes
InterobangNo, it’s not your imagination, Inside Bruce House has moved to a new format—providing you with more timely updates, in a more effective format, and with more information on the realities of living with HIV.
  • This newsletter is now in a digest format (with links to the full stories).
  • Inside Bruce House now includes selected articles from other publications on HIV and related issues.
  • You will now receive Inside Bruce House every two months.
Two additional publications have been introduced: Bruce House Chronicle is published every two months for our volunteers, and the Pro Team News is sent out monthly to clients with health information, news, and program calendars. You can find these on the news page of our web site.
Your comments on these changes are welcomed—this is your newsletter.  Please send your feedback to any time.
Where Will You Dine on April 26? 
A Taste For Life
A Taste For Life logo
A Taste For Life is your chance to get people together for a great night out.  With an appetizing selection of eateries located throughout Ottawa you and your posse have the perfect excuse to get together—it’s for a good cause. 
Take a Stand 
I STAND is back May 7
Bruce House, Kind, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and The AIDS Committee of Ottawa are asking you to join I STAND—a fundraising movement that calls on you to declare that you care for your friends, family, neighbours, and community members impacted by HIV.
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Inaugural Envision Forum 
A first for Bruce House, and a sign of things to come—Envision Forum 2017 impressed with its attention to detail, focus on rehabilitation and episodic illness, and close connections to the community.
Volunteer Spotlight 
I was drawn to Bruce House for two reasons. One was the role the organization has played for so many years in supporting people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Ottawa... The second reason I was drawn to Bruce House was the way they talk about their volunteers.
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Ottawa Rideau Speedeau SwimEAUthon 
Swimmers raise funds for Bruce House
Swim Team
Thank you to all the amazing swimmers who helped raise over $1800.00 for Bruce House at the The Ottawa Rideau Speedeau SwimEAUthon on March 25th!! Bruce House is grateful for the ongoing community support from the Rideau Speedaus.
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In The Newsnewspaper 
April 2017
The State of Our Sector
Bruce House does not exist in isolation, we are one of many AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and other groups working to respond to HIV and the impact it has on individuals and on our communities.  Here are some updates on our sector. talks to CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston about U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable); federal funding cuts;  and the lack of a National AIDS Strategy – read it here.
The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) discusses the impact of changed funding priorities at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and how these impact AIDS service organization – here and here.
NOTE:  Bruce House has long received funding from PHAC, through its Community Action Fund.  This funding supports our volunteer program, with over 8,000 hours of volunteer time contributed annually to directly support programs and services.  Bruce House has been informed that we will no longer receive this funding after March 2018.
HIV Stigma
Rob Olver looks at the role of HIV stigma in suicide among men living with HIV.
What If You Just Found Out You Were HIV-Positive?
Some great info from CATIE for anyone newly diagnosed.
In The Community 
Upcomming Events
Day of Pink – April 12
This year we will be celebrating queer & trans women, and award winners include: Kelly Dear, Shelley Taylor, Susan Gapka & Lori Jean Hodge (posthumous).
A Taste For Life – April 26th
Support Bruce House and The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation simply by having a great meal with friends!    Participating Restaurants.
International AIDS Candlelight Vigil
May 7
May 7, 2pm-4pm
ACO, 19 Main Street
Includes launch event for the I STAND fundraising movement. Event Poster (PDF)
I STAND 2017 – May 7 to June 7
Social-media driven fundraising movement, see
Partnership between Bruce House, ACO, Kind, Planned Parenthood Ottawa
Housing, hope, and support for people impacted by HIV.

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