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The Heat is On! ACAS August in Review

Scotia Run Fundraising Challenge – Over $6,400 Raised

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Thanks for everyone’s generous support, since the launch of the ACAS Scotia Run Fundraising Challenge on July 30, we have already registered 16 runners and raised $6,471, which is 32% of our $20,000 fundraising goal.   

To encourage others to join ACAS in the Scotia Run Fundraising Challenge and help us reach our $20,000 goal, we have decided to reimburse you for the registration fee if you are able to raise a minimum of $500. To ease the process of registration, if you would like to join any of the above teams as a runner/walker, you can use the general discount charity PIN 13STWMSCC. You will need to pay for the registration fee upfront first, and if you are able to raise at least $500, ACAS will reimburse you the $40 registration fee for the 5k (excluding taxes and processing fee). You can register to become a runner at https://secure.eventsonline.ca/events/crs_scotia/. Please make sure you select Asian Community AIDS Services as your designated charity and then create your fundraising account after the registering as a runner by clicking on the “transfer information to create online fundraising account” option.

For more information about registration, please visit http://run4acas.tumblr.com

To make a direct one-time donation to ACAS, you can click on the following link:https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/PersonalPage.aspx?eventid=117277&RegistrationID=1752911

Here are some of the reasons why our supporters have been sponsoring our runners:

“It is such a honour to contribute to your good work and the good work of ACAS. I know you will reach your goal and even exceed it. Much love and best wishes. Run my friend RUN in good health!”

 “ACAS has been part of my life since 2006, and I know they are a wonderful support to my friends.”

“Thanks for all that you do for the community! See you at the Finish Line!!”

ACAS has created 4 teams this year, an increase of 2 more teams than our previous 2 years. Currently, our main team, Team ACAS is in the lead with $1,950. Congratulations to the ACAS Women’s Program Team, ACAS Her-icane, the women have shown their fundraising prowess and over-taken the Men’s Program Team, Fast and Furious to take the second place.

1. Team ACAS $2,050.00

2. ACAS Her-icane $1,915.00

3. Fast and Furious $1296.00

4. Team Patrick Truong $670.00 

There are many staff who are running for their respective teams this year, and you can contact them directly or click on their names below to become their sponsor:

Top 5 Fundraisers:

1. Christian Hui $1050.00

2. Mezart Daulet $1000.00

3. Amutha Samgam $700.00

4. Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp $570.00

5. Andrew Miao $500.00

We at ACAS are committed to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services for East and Southeast Asians living with HIV/AIDS, and your support to our fundraising challenge will ensure that our service users receive the much needed services in the best manner possible. You can help us with the cause by registering as a runner/walker or become one of our sponsors. Donations over $20 will be issued an electronic tax receipt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christian Hui at community@acas.org

 

Support Program Education and Wellness Retreat

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Thanks to the generous support of Janssen Pharmaceuticals and ViiV Healthcare and the hard work of our Support Program staff Andrew, Amutha and Kenneth, ACAS was able to once again host its annual Support Program Education and Wellness Retreat for service users living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. About 40 participants spent part of the Labour Day weekend at the lovely Ecology Retreat Centre in Orangeville on Aug 30 to Sept 1. Aside from giving program clients an opportunity to connect with nature, hike at the Bruce Trail, enjoy a meditative labyrinth walk, and tell ghosts stories at a cozy bonfire gathering, the retreat aimed to increase the capacities of the service users to better care for themselves. Educational sessions include the presentation on “Bridging the gap with the physician” by Thomas Egdorf (CATIE),  “how to navigate the healthcare system” by Agnes Tong (Toronto General hospital), and “Overview of I.A.C” by Christian Hui. The wellness sessions include accuball massage (by Raissa), shiatsu massage clinic (Teruma) and a mindfulness workshop (Teruma). The retreat was very well received by all the attendees and ACAS will strive its best to hold another similar retreat for its clients annually. Funds raised from the Scotia Run Fundraising Challenge will allow such meaningful events to continue and provided for our service users.

Voices of Queer Asian Youth

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Have you seen the amazing interview, Voices of Queer Asian Youth featuring QAY members as they talk about what it means to be a queer youth from the East and Southeast Asian community living in Toronto?  Beautifully produced, the video speaks about some of the issues and reality facing queer Asian youths, ranging from oppression, discrimination, stigma, racism. The youths were able to speak about what they felt were important for queer Asian youths – friendship, support, open communication, healthy body image, and knowing how to practice safer sex. You can watch the video teaser at http://youtu.be/urCELewoLuI and the full interview here at http://youtu.be/tEJzMp_4qJk . Please feel free to spread the word and share the links.

Educational Workshops and Outreach

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ACAS certainly had a busy month in August and held as series of educational workshops this month. Thanks to Alice Yuen, our summer student from Ryerson’s Nursing Program, the ACAS Women’s Program held a successful “Keep Calm and Do First Aid Workshop.” The workshop was very well received by participants as they gained hands-on knowledge on how to apply first-aid in emergency situations. On another note, our very own Meza Daulet and Chie Takano Reeves utilized their Japanese language skills and facilitated a workshop on multiculturalism, anti-oppression (e.g. homophobia, HIV stigma, etc) and safer sex practices for a group of Japanese temporary workers/students at Brand New Way, an agency serving Japanese newcomers and visitors. Last but not least, ACAS partnered with the Toronto Chinese Health Education Committee and outreached at China Town Festival to promote safer sex and LGBTQ awareness.

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Summer Boys

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The ACAS Men’s Program certainly knows how to take advantage of the summer heat and relax during August. As a re-introduction of social events for ACAS’ Men’s Program clients and volunteers, a group of staff and program participants had a wonderful beach picnic at Hanlon’s Point on the Centre Island. The turn out was amazing, as we had new faces and old faces join us at the picnic! Yummy food, good people, and condoms—-what a nice way of spending a Sunday afternoon.

Volunteer Core Skills Training

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Interested in volunteering for ACAS? Our volunteer Program is once again holding its Core Skills Training this Saturday, September 7, from 9am to 430pm at the ACAS Office. In this training, you will learn more about the benefits of volunteering at ACAS, the roles and expectations for our volunteers, learn more about the basics of HIV and Trans issues, and meet a whole new group of committed, enthusiastic volunteers at ACAS. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and attending the training, please contact Trisha Steinberg at volunteer@acas.org.

Qi Magazine

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Have you checked out our online zine, Qi Magazine yet? Last month in the July Issue, one of

our articles, “Our Agenda – My Freedom” written by Christian Hui, got reposted on PositiveLite.com as well as the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance’s OurAgenda.ca site, a web resource for gay, bi and MSM men to explore their holistic, mental and sexual health. You can read the article here: http://qimagazine.ca/2013/07/my-freedom/. In this month’s brand new issue for August, we have an array of articles ranging from voices of our queer Asian youths, favourite summer anthems, how to “play” safely outdoors, gelato, a photographic travel journal, and the blog from our very own Heywon Kim on her experience on her Canadian International Development Agency International Youth Internship in Thailand and as an HIV outreach worker with Thailand National AIDS Foundation (TNAF).

 

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

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From our Board Chair, Andre Goh: 


Dear Members and Friends,

On behalf of the Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS), It is my pleasure to invite you to our 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. at 490 Sherbourne Street, 1st floor Meeting Room, Ph. 416-205-9888. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP with Niki Joy Marohnic 
by email at officeadmin@acas.org

or by phone at 416-963-4300 by Wednesday, September 18.

If you are eligible for membership, we encourage you to become a voting member of ACAS for the AGM. Fill out the membership form at the AGM registration desk. Membership fee is $10 and it is good for 2 years. We hope to see you there!

 

ACAS is now recruiting Board Members‏

ACAS Member of the Board of Directors

Job Description and Expectations

Purpose:

To provide leadership, sound governance to the organization, and represent it to the community, other stakeholders, and the public, and to accept the fiduciary responsibility (e.g. ultimate legal authority) of the organization in its affairs.

Mission Statement:

Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based

organization that provides HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and South East Asian Canadian communities in Ontario. These programs are based on proactive, holistic, collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory approach to education.

General Responsibilities of the Board of Directors:

To support the missions, goals, objectives and philosophies of ACAS.

To respect and uphold ethics of confidentiality.

To commit to training on any important issues to the agency.

To attend all board meetings whenever possible.

To Chair and participate in ACAS committees as required.

To represent ACAS of its mission and vision, from time to time at events and functions.

To avoid and clarify any potential conflicts of interest, and to oversee such matters in a lawful and ethical manner.

To oversee ACAS’s fundraising initiatives.

Specific Functions of the Board of Directors:

Planning and Goals

Annual assessments and reviews of external trends and environment in regards to current initiatives pertaining to ACAS core program,

Strategic plan creation, implementation, and evaluation of current programs including potential new ones,

Policy development

Review results of ACAS work in meeting its goals.

Governance

Assess, review, monitor, appraise, support, and when necessary, change the top management.

Conduct a Performance Review of top management.

Match strategic goals with internal or required capacity building.

Endeavour to maintain a full roster for Board of Directors.

Annually assess Board capacity, skills, experience, and areas for development according to an Annual Board Development plan.

Endeavour for a secure financial structure in the short term and long term.

Approve major actions of the organization, such as capital expenditures, major program changes, or service changes.

Ensure compliance with all relevant Laws and Regulations concerning the Agency.

Financial Audit

Annually approve, in good knowledge, the Agency’s audit for submission at the Annual General Meeting.

Ensure published reports reflect the honest operating and financial condition of the organization.

Qualifications:

From the ACAS By-Laws (2010)

According to s.4.3, Former ACAS staff may submit candidacy for the Board one year

after their last day of employment. Similarly former Board Members may submit their

candidacy for ACAS employment one year after their last day on the Board.

According to s.4.4, Candidates and Directors shall:

Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;

Be a Member* in good standing;

Be nominated and elected or appointed as specifically provided by these bylaws;

Be required to perform work and services for ACAS in accordance with the ACAS principles, by-laws, the Corporations Act; and

Not be in undischarged bankrupt nor be declared as a person of unsound mind

who has been found so by a court in Canada or elsewhere.

Have been, for at least two (2) months prior to the date of the election, a

Member.

According to s.7.1, all candidates and Board Members shall be voting members of

ACAS, that being a self-identified East or South East Asian person by culture or

ethnicity.

Further, candidates should have and/or be willing to learn:

Governance skills: accountability, liability, policy, vision, organization structure and

process.

Personnel management: organizational human resource planning, labour legislation, performance appraisals, board staff roles and relations, conflict resolution.

Financial management: fiscal planning, budgeting, reporting and auditing.

Program: outreach, community development, AIDS education and support, evaluation.

Public relations: government and community relations, advocacy and networking skills, marketing, and communications skills.

Fundraising: funding application, donors’ relation, and fundraising events.

HIV/AIDS education, therapy, or treatment skills.

Length of Term:

According to ACAS By-Laws s.4.3.C (2010), Directors may serve a two year term. Directors may only serve a maximum of three terms, or six years.

Meetings and Time Commitment:

The Board meets once every 4-6 weeks for 2-3 hours, more often if required.

Board meeting preparation and meeting work requires 1-2 hours for every meeting.

ACAS Committee meeting and time commitments vary depending on the committee and the activities of the committee. All Board Members must sit on at least one ACAS Committee.

Time commitments are increased for Executive Committee members.

From time to time Board Members will represent ACAS at formal functions and events including galas, fundraisers, community events, meetings, and annual general meetings of other organizations. The time commitment will vary.

Generally, Board Members should expect a 10 hour work commitment per month, on average.

Elections Process:

Applications will be reviewed by a nominations committee to determine interest.

Successful applicants will be interviewed by a nominations committee.

Applicants submit themselves to election at the Annual General Meeting during the last week of September, 2013

The voting members of ACAS will select which candidates are successful.

 

Questions and Contact:

Giovanni Temansja,

Vice-Chair,

Chair of the Board Recruitment Committee,

gtemansja@rogers.ca

Andre Goh

Chairperson

andregoh@sympatico.ca


RE: OFFICIAL INVITATION TO ATTEND ACAS BOARD MEETING

Dear Board Candidates,

On behalf of the Board Recruitment Committee, I would like to personally thank you for your interest in joining ACAS Board of Directors. As a Chair of the committee, I am pleased to extend the board’s invitation to all potential candidates to attend our next board meeting.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a meeting room at Toronto Police Main Office , 40 College St. We will meet at the lobby first at 5:20 p.m.

Please be advised that while it is not mandatory for your candidacy, your attendance is strongly recommended to familiarize yourself with our board, its work, as well as its culture, in ensuring ACAS’ well-being. It will also be a good opportunity for you to meet with our current board members should you have any questions that you might have for the board.

Dinner will be served prior to the meeting. In order to ensure that all attendees are counted for, kindly RSVP your attendance with Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp at (416) 963-

4300 ext. 227 or e-mail at ed@acas.org by 6 p.m. Monday, September 2.

Thank you for your attention in this matter, and we are looking forward to welcoming you at our meeting.

Sincerely,

Read but not signed

Giovanni Temansja, BOARD VICE CHAIR

Chair, Board Selection Committee

Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)

CC. Board Secretary

July in Review: Pride 2013 & Scotia Run Launch

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Summer is here, and ACAS would like to thank everyone, including the newly crowned Miss Charlene Gutierez, winner of Miss Gay Philippines Canada, and first runner-up Miss J. Monroe, as well as long time supporters the Three Queens of the Philippines  for taking part in the ACAS 2013 Pride events this year.

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Pride signifies diversity, acceptance of LGBTQ persons and the need to combat homophobia as well as HIV stigma and discrimination. ACAS took part in the Trans March, Dyke March and the main Pride Parade this year with over 70 marchers and featuring our #SuperQueer ACAS heros! image

Following the artistic tradition of our talented youths, the Powerpuff Queers held centre stage at the QAY Stage during Pride Saturday. The line of up talents this year include crowd favourites such as the DestinAsian Dance Crew, Drag sensation Jolin Starr, as well as, Ramon Vi, Annie Sun, Dento Lam, David Tang, and Marc Castillo.

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With such hot weather, who would like to stay indoors? During this past month, ACAS once again took part in the Taste of Thailand and helped spread important safer sex and healthy relationship messages to the large crowd of revelers who were savouring the delicacies of Thai cuisine. Food and sex, what a satisfying combination!

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To cool off in the heatwave, ACAS Women’s and Youth Programs as well as the Support Program all held a picnic at Woodbine beach on July 27th. It was certainly a fun time relaxing on the beach and catching up with one another over delicious food with good friends!

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We would like to wish Heywon Kim, Women’s Outreach and Education Program Coordinator, best of luck with her CIDA CIDA International Youth Internship in Thailand. Heywon will be working with the Thai National AIDS Foundation, our project partner, as a Youth Outreach Worker. Starting August, please follow her work through the ACAS Blog.

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In the mean time, please welcome the following new staff and summer student at ACAS:

Chie Takano Reeves will be our interim Women’s Program Coordinator until January 2013 while Heywon is away in Thailand for her CIDA International Youth Internship;

Alice Yuen of Ryerson University’s Nursing program is our Women’s Program summer student in the months of July and August;

Ryan Tran joins our Men’s Program as the new MSM outreach worker;

We would like to extend our warm welcome to Bebe, our new Trans outreach worker

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Do you know what you are doing on October 20th?  Join ACAS at this year’s Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon to raise funds for East and Southeast Asians living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, ACAS raised over $16,000 for such a good cause. This year, we have increased our goal to $20,000 and we need your support. If you would like to register as a runner or walker at this year’s Scotia Run Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k, please visit http://run4acas.tumblr.com for more information.

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We want to wish you an amazing August and will leave you with our wonderful Scotia Run promo video featuring our lovely Christian and Trisha!

ACAS & QAY gear up to become #SuperQueer for Toronto Pride 2013: Information for Participating in Pride with ACAS

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Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) and its youth program Queer Asian Youth (QAY) are gearing up to become #SuperQueer for this year’s Pride Festival in Toronto. To celebrate the diversity and strength of the LGBTTIQQS2A communites, ACAS will once again showcase the pride of our East and Southeast Asian heritage and take part in all three marches during the Pride Festival: the Trans March on Friday, June 28; the Dyke March on Saturday, June 29, and the Pride March on Sunday, June 30. This year, ACAS is very honoured to have the recently crowned Miss Charlene Gutierez, the newly crowned winner of Miss Gay Philippines Canada, the first runner-up Miss J. Monroe, and our long time supporters the Three Queens of the Philippines march with us.

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Members of Queer Asian Youth (QAY) are set to once again showcase their talents, creativity, vibrancy and youth power at “The Powerpuff Queers,” QAY’s Annual Pride Stage at Paul Kane Parkette on Saturday, June 29 between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Performers at this year’s event include the DestinAsian Dance Crew, Drag sensation Jolin Starr, Ramon Vi, Annie Sun, Dento Lam, David Tang, Marc Castillo and others. QAY aims to provide a safe and supportive social spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, curious, undecided, or questioning East and Southeast Asian youth and their friends in the Greater Toronto Area. As a way to reaffirm their sexuality, sexual orientation and gender expression, QAY employs a peer-driven model and aspires to empower queer Asian youths with opportunities where they can learn and apply leadership skills to become future forerunners in our community. 

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As part of the lead up to this year’s Pride, ACAS has launched its #GoldenPiggy Challenge, a fundraising initiative for the agency to ensure our ability to provide the much needed HIV practical support services and LGBTQ programming to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian community. Those who participate in the challenge will get an opportunity to adopt their very own ACAS piggy banks, name their piggies and decorate them to their liking, tweet and instagram their adopted pets using the #GoldenPiggy hashtag, and feed the hungry piggies to their hearts desire—-all for a very good cause. 

                                Information for Participating in Pride with ACAS

Show your Asian Pride by marching with us ACAS this year at Pride! 

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Friday, June 28
Trans March: March with ACAS
Find ACAS at 7:30pm at Norman Jewison Park (Yonge St. & Isabella St.)
Contact Meza (
youth@acas.org / 416-963-4300 ext. 229) for more info. 

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Saturday, June 29
Dyke March: March with ACAS
Meet us at 1:30pm at TBA
Contact Heywon (
women@acas.org / 416-963-4300 ext. 225) for more info.

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Sunday, June 30
Pride Parade: March with ACAS
Meet us at 1:00pm at George Hislop Park (Yonge St. & Isabella St.)
Contact Daniel (
mensexualhealth@acas.org / 416-963-4300 ext. 234) for more info. 

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Have you adopted your #GoldenPiggy yet?

GOLDEN PIGGY CHALLENGE

ACAS has launched its first ever #GoldenPiggy Challenge fundraiser as a lead up to this year’s Pride event. The money raised from the challenge will help ensure our ability to provide the much needed HIV practical support services and LGBTQ programming to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian community in the GTA.

5 Steps to Take Part in the ACAS Piggy Challenge! It’s easy and fun! 


Step 1: Adopt Your Piggy

Come to ACAS and pick a piggy that you want to adopt. We have piggies in various colours you can choose from. Make sure you name the piggy and give it lots of TLC. Now you are ready to start the Piggy Challenge!


Step 2: Decorate Your Piggy

It’s spring time and your piggy likes to be fabulous. Why not be creative and decorate your piggy? Your fundraising effort is more likely to be successful if your piggy is strutting the styles that everybody loves. Having said that, we feel a naked piggy can also be very sexy.


Step 3: Feed Your Piggy

This is the most important part of your Piggy Challenge. Whether your piggy is at your home, your office, or some random party, they need to be fed. Ask your friends to feed them some coins. Toonies or bills are their favorite. Make sure you feed them enough so that they are full!


Step 4: Tweet Your Piggy

Your piggy is a bit of an exhibitionist and loves having its pictures taken. Whenever you take your piggy out for events or you are both relaxing at home, take some lovely photos and share them with as many people as you can! Tweet about it, Instagram it, Facebook it or send pictures to us. The hashtag is #GoldenPiggy


Step 5: Bring Your Piggy Back


Once your piggy is full, it’s time for you to bring the piggy back to ACAS even though they may weigh a ton. After you empty out your piggy, you can continue with the next round of the Piggy Challenge if you wish. When you have filled your piggy up enough times, you may request to keep your piggy after the last challenge. That way, you and your piggy can live happily ever after.

 

Be #SUPERQUEER with ACAS (Asian Community AIDS Services) at this year’s Pride Toronto 2013!!!

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Show your Asian Pride by marching with us ACAS this year at Pride! 

 

Friday, June 28
Trans March: March with ACAS
Find ACAS at 7:30pm at Norman Jewison Park (Yonge St. & Isabella St.)
Contact Meza (
youth@acas.org / 416-963-4300 ext. 229) for more info.


Saturday, June 29
Dyke March: March with ACAS
Meet us at 1:30pm at TBA
Contact Heywon (
women@acas.org / 416-963-4300 ext. 225) for more info.


Sunday, June 30
Pride Parade: March with ACAS
Meet us at 1:00pm at George Hislop Park (Yonge St. & Isabella St.)
Contact Daniel (
mensexualhealth@acas.org / 416-963-4300 ext. 234) for more info.

 

SUMMER JOB FOR STUDENT POSTING: Women’s HIV Outreach Worker Application - Deadline: Sunday, June 23, 2013 (midnight)

SUMMER JOB FOR STUDENT POSTING 

Women’s HIV Outreach Worker

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 23, 2013 (midnight)

Type of Contract: Short term (8 weeks)

No. of Hours: 30 hours/week

Starting Date: July 2, 2013

Wage: $10.25/hour

Interview Date: Wednesday, June 26

Responsibilities:

• Work with the Women’s Program working group to organize 2 health promotion events for

East and Southeast Asian women in Toronto

• Assist the Women’s Outreach Program Coordinator to conduct outreach activities at 2 Asian

cultural and/or community events

• Participate in PRIDE events during the weekend of June 29-30

• Participate in staff meeting, training, network meetings related to women and HIV

• Maintain statistics, and prepare written reports as needed

Qualifications

• Is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment

• Was registered as a full-time student in a post secondary, vocational or technical program

during the preceding academic year

• Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year

• Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been

conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

• Working knowledge, lived experience, and/or familiarity with issues faced by East and

Southeast Asian immigrant and newcomer women in Toronto

• Basic knowledge of HIV/STIs, AIDS stigma and discrimination, healthy sexuality

• Some experience in planning a small group social event, health workshops, and outreach

• Demonstrated commitment to anti-homophobia, anti-oppression, and healthy sexuality

• Ability to work as part of a team and independently

• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse types of people

• Ability to work flexible hours and/or weekends

• Speak, read, and write one of the East and Southeast Asian language is an asset

• Completed ACAS volunteers’ core training is a great asset

Please send a cover letter, resume with a reference by email to:

Subject: Summer Student Job

Hiring Committee - Asian Community AIDS Services

Email: officeadmin@acas.org

We regret that we will only contact candidates selected for interviews. The interviews will be held in

the afternoon of Wednesday, July 26.

ACAS supports employment equity. People from the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities,

members of East and Southeast Asian LGBTTIQ, and people living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply.

Internal Job Posting: MSM (Men Having Sex with Men) Outreach Worker - Deadline: Monday, June 23, 2013 (midnight)

INTERNAL JOB POSTING

MSM (Men Having Sex with Men) Outreach Worker

Internal Job Posting: For members, volunteers, service users, and current employees

Type of Contract: 1 Year (renewable), part-time (12 hours/week)

Starting Date: July 1, 2013

Application Deadline: Monday, June 23, 2013 (midnight)

Interview date: Wednesday, June 26 (evening)

Responsibilities

• Provide 24 online and smart phone apps outreach sessions on HIV/STIs and saver drugs

education

• Conduct HIV/AIDS/STIs outreach once a week at bathhouses

• Assist in recruiting 2 volunteers with outreach activities

• Assist the program coordinator to organize a monthly bathhouse night event

• Participate in training, network, meetings related to the MSM outreach program

• Maintain statistics, and prepare written reports

Qualifications

• Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills

• Demonstrated experience in HIV/STIs outreach with Asian MSM

• Self-directed, and willingness to work flexible hours

• Thorough understanding of ACAS mission, AIDS stigma and discrimination, LGBTTIQ

issues, healthy sexuality, and harm reduction principles and practices

• Familiarity with or lived experience in the East and Southeast Asian MSM communities

• Demonstrated commitment to anti-homophobia, anti-oppression, and healthy sexuality

principles

• Ability to work as part of a team and independently

• Basic skills in workshop facilitation, and training design would be an asset

• Fluent in one of the East and Southeast Asian languages is an asset

• Computer skills: MS Office, social media and web design (an asset)

Please send a cover letter, resume with 2 references by email to:

Subject: MSM Outreach Worker Job

Hiring Committee - Asian Community AIDS Services

Email: mensexualhealth@acas.org

We regret that we will only contact candidates selected for interviews, which will be held on

Wednesday 26 th.

ACAS supports employment equity. People from the East and Southeast Asian Canadian

communities, LGBTTIQ, and people living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply.

Internal Job Posting: Women’s Outreach Program Coordinator (Temporary Position) - Deadline: Friday, June 28 (midnight)

INTERNAL JOB POSTING

Temporary Position

Women’s Outreach Program Coordinator 

 

Internal Job Posting:  For members, volunteers, service users, and current employees

Type of Contract:  Short-term, part-time (20 hours/week)

Contract Duration:   August 1, 2013-March 15, 2014

Training: July 18-19, 2013 (Mandatory)

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28 (midnight)

 

Responsibilities

1.          Plan, implement and evaluate the Asian Women-at-Risk Outreach and Education Project

2.          Recruit, train and support 8 peer educator volunteers to assist with HIV/AIDS education services for Asian women

3.          Provide 8 HIV/AIDS outreach sessions at various East and Southeast Asian ethno-cultural community events, ESL classes, church groups and settlement services

4.          Conduct 12 HIV/AIDS/STIs workshops for Asian women in the City of Toronto

5.          Organize “Pillow Talk” community learning forum

6.          Organize World AIDS Day activity in collaboration with other ACAS programs

7.          Collaborate with ACAS Men’s sexual health project to organize outreach and workshops targeting heterosexual men

8.          Attend network meetings and professional development training as required

9.          Maintain statistics, prepare reports and a funding proposal

10.      Other administrative tasks as needed

 

Qualifications:

·         College or university education or 2-3 year work experience in social work, adult education, or health promotion

·         Familiarity with the East and Southeast Asian communities in Toronto, especially with issues faced by newcomer women and their families

·         Knowledge, and/or lived experience, and sensitivity to issues concerning HIV/AIDS/STIs, healthy sexuality, and violence against women

·         Good communication and writing skills in English

·         Basic volunteer management skills

·         Experience in workshop planning, and group facilitation, especially with women

·         Experience in conducting health outreach activities, and community development

·         Fluent in one of the East or Southeast Asian languages and able to conduct a workshop in that language

·         Ability to prioritize, delegate, and handle multiple tasks

·         Able to interact with diverse populations and use active listening skills to determine appropriate response to callers, visitors, and others during daily activities. 

·         Ability to work under a trans-positive, queer-positive, sex-positive, and anti-oppressive work environment

·         Ability to work evenings and weekends occasionally

 

Please send a cover letter and resume by email to:

Hiring Committee – Women’s Outreach Program

Asian Community AIDS Services

Email:  officeadmin@acas.org

Subject: Application for Women’s Program Coordinator position 

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ACAS (founded in 1994) is a charitable non-profit community based organization dedicated to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education, health promotion and support services to people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in the East and Southeast Asian-Canadian communities in Toronto. ACAS supports employment equity. People from the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities, LGBTTIQ, and people living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply.

May in Review: Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month, and ACAS has had a busy month of events to celebrate our Asian roots.

To start off the month, ACAS attended the Asian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony in the east Chinatown. The event was organized by Toronto Police’s Chinese Consultative Committee of which ACAS is a member organization. We were  pleased to celebrate the event with our Board Chair, Andre Goh, and long-time ACAS supporter and award-winning writer Paul Yee.

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In an effort to break the silence on HIV stigma, the Support Program hosted “My Story-Living with HIV.” The event featured two ACAS service users who spoke to ACAS and community members about their stories of challenges and personal resiliencies to ACAS members and the community. We would like to take the time to thank the courage of the two speakers and the inspiration they have instilled through their stories.

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Aside from celebrating Asian Heritage Month with a Spring Fling edition of our popular Asian Bathhouse Night at Spa SX, the Men’s Program held a special Asian Men Social Night “Dating Then & Now” for our gay, bi, and MSM service users to discuss the many different forms of dating relationships such as open and polyamorous relationships that exist in our community, and an opportunity to offer each other useful strategies to stay healthy sexually.

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Riding on the success of last year’s successful event, Queer Asian Youth (QAY), ACAS’ Youth Program, once again celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with “What’s Up, Asia?!” featuring panel speakers to speak about the various LGBTQ activist movements in Asia. QAY also held a special edition of “Mmm, Movie Night” screening various shorts from Queer Asian web series to coincide with Asian Heritage Month.

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Meanwhile, the Women’s Program have been busy learning how to make delicious food with their “Roll ‘em Up –Sushi & Cold Roll Making for Women” event as well as collaborating with ACAS’ Straight Men’s Outreach Program, the Locker Room Project, for a series of Muay Thai Boxing and Self-defence lessons.

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ACAS was one of the Community Sponsors for the Inside Out International Film this year. Christian Hui, Community Engagement Worker, addressed a full house at the TIFF Lightbox Cinema about the importance of finding allies for the Asian LGBTQ and HIV community prior to the screening of the superbly delightful romantic comedy “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” by Arvin Chen.

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Last but not least, ACAS launched its highly anticipated online zine, Qi Magazine, to coincide with Asian Heritage Month. Thanks to the hard work of our Social Media Coordianator Meza Daulet and a number of volunteers, graphic and web designers, writers, and editor, we have created a fresh and fun online magazine for the Asian Canadian LGBTQ and HIV community. Please spread the word about Qi Magazine by visiting http://qimagazine.ca/ and sharing it with your friends and network.

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