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Events in Grand River Rainbow Communities


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1987

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1987 * Campus AIDS-Awareness Group

The Campus AIDS-Awareness Group was formed through UW Health Services.
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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1987 * ACG (AIDS Committee of Guelph): Inaugural Annual General Meeting

ACG (AIDS Committee of Guelph) had its inaugural Annual General Meeting in 1987.
[source: “history” file at ACG website: http://www.aidsguelph.org/ (accessed 2011-03-16).]

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1987 * UW: WATfags

A number of UW students on work-term in Toronto started up a group that they named “WATfags” which met in the Snug room at the Duke of Gloucester Hotel on Yonge Street. They described these events as “WATFAGS in the Snug at the Duke on Fridays.”
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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1987, March * GLLOW: 16th Anniversary Celebration

Sweet Sixteen Anniversary for GLLOW was celebrated in a place beside the America Hotel, evidently on a date close to March 8, GLOW's anniversary date.
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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1987, Spring * ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area): Official Founding and First Board of Directors

“Spring 1987. First Board of Directors was formed at the founding meeting of the AIDS Committee. This group worked diligently through the long and complex process of forming an agency and received $5,000 which kept the Board of Directors going until the full application process was completed and the first Executive Director was hired.
The Founding ACCKWA Board Members:
Dr Gary Gibson - Family Physician in Cambridge
Margie Foster - Infection Control Coordinator, KW Hospital
Norma Nyiri - Infection Control Coordinator, St Mary's Hospital
John Sitler - University of Waterloo Library Clerk
Tina Tschanz - Information Services, Cambridge
Gordon Youngman - Education Consultant and AIDS Advocate.”
[Note: Although ACCKWA had been set up in 1985 with that name, it was only officially founded in the spring of 1987 with a board of directors, and it did not become officially incorporated until 1987, October 1.]
[source: “Section 1.2: Our History” of “ACCKWA Board of Directors Orientation Manual, Revised: September 2010.”]

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1987, May 16 (Saturday) * ACCKWA: Yard Sale

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, May 12, Tuesday, there was a brief announcement entitled “AIDS group needs items for yard sale”. The announcement indicated that ACCKWA was looking for items for a yard sale that would be held on Saturday on Glasgow Street from 8am to 2pm, with the proceeds going to ACCKWA.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, May 12, Tuesday, p.??; announcement entitled “AIDS group needs items for yard sale”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1987, May 23 (Saturday) * K-W Record: Education is key to prevention

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, May 23 , Saturday, there was an article entitled “Education is key to prevention”. Much of this article was drawn from an interview with Gordon Youngman. After speaking about the importance of education in combatting the spread of AIDS, the article noted the following. “In Waterloo Region, however, radio and television stations have rejected Canadian Public Health Association announcements about AIDS (no equivalent have been offered to the print media, including newspapers) and the separate school board is taking steps to make sure that AIDS is not the dominant health subject in the new school curriculum. The education process here is not nearly as vigorous nor moving nearly fast enough for at least one dedicated activist in the campaign against AIDS. ‘Education is our only means of prevention at this time,’ says Gordon Youngman, chairman of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and area (ACCKWA). Youngman, however, is diplomatic — even philosophical — about slow public acceptance of realities.” The article also refers briefly to the existence of a confidential AIDS information telephone line in Youngman's home; this was evidently a precursor to the hotlines that ACCKWA later established.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, May 23 , Saturday, p.??; article entitled “Education is key to prevention”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1987, October 1 * ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area): Incorporation

“Oct 1, 1987. Letters of Patent signed. The agency was officially named ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area). The main purposes of becoming incorporated included: (i) the ability to receive and maintain a fund(s) and other property and (ii) to apply from time to time for income for charitable purposes.”
[Note: Although ACCKWA had been set up in 1985 with that name, it was only officially founded in the spring of 1987 with a board of directors, and it did not become officially incorporated until 1987, October 1.]
[source: “Section 1.2: Our History” of “ACCKWA Board of Directors Orientation Manual, Revised: September 2010.”]

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1987, November [around Nov 3] (???day) * K-W Record: Region AIDS hotline to be operational within week

On pp.B1-B2 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, November [early], ???day, there was an article by Sheila Hannon, Record staff, entitled “Region AIDS hotline to be operational within week”. The article began as follows. “The most extensive AIDS telephone hotline in Southwestern Ontario will go into operation in Waterloo Region within a week. The confidential telephone service manned by volunteers will provide basic information about acquired immune deficiency syndrome and lend a ‘sympathetic ear,’ said Jeannie Adams of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA). ‘It's not counselling. It's support. We're not professionals,’ said Adams, who is chairman of ACCKWA's support-services committee. The actual number will not be publicized until installation has been completed Nov. 8, she said. The group is hoping that it will be able to begin receiving calls on Nov. 10.” The article went on to say that, initially, the hotline would be run from 7-11 pm, Monday to Friday. After giving a description of the types of calls expected, the article indicated that the “10 volunteers received a six-week training session on basic AIDS information and the skills needed to deal with people, some of whom may be in a crisis state.” The article also indicated that that hotline was ACCKWA's first major educational initiative, and that at a later date an answering machine might be installed to provide information at times when the hotline was not staffed.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, November [early], ???day, pp.B1-B2; article entitled “Region AIDS hotline to be operational within week”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1987, December 7 (Monday) * K-W Record: Money for AIDS education: Region gets $112,000 to fight killer disease

On pp.A1-A2 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, December 7, Monday, there was an article entitled “Money for AIDS education: Region gets $112,000 to fight killer disease”, concerning a recent grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health. The article indicated that the grant money would be used “for hiring an AIDS co-ordinator-educator, public health nurse, and clerical support for the team” and that the grant would “pay for the program until March 31, 1989.” The article also included comments from Gordon Youngman, chairman of ACCKWA (The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area) expressing pleasure that the grant had been made, and the hope that a full-time AIDS co-ordinator might be hired. After giving some statistics on the number of AIDS and HIV-positive cases in Waterloo Region, the article had the following note, evidently concerning the hotline that ACCKWA had announced in early November: “Youngman said that the Waterloo Region AIDS hotline is receiving an average of 10 to 20 requests a day for information.”
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1987, December 7, Monday, pp.A1-A2; article entitled “Money for AIDS education: Region gets $112,000 to fight killer disease”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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