banner

entry break

Events in Grand River Rainbow Communities


entry break

1988

entry break

1988, April 5 (Tuesday) * K-W Record: Health unit hires AIDS supervisor

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, April 5 (Tuesday), there was a short news note entitled “Health unit hires AIDS supervisor”. The article indicated that the Waterloo Region Health Unit had hired Josee Duffhues as its AIDS education and information supervisor.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, April 5 (Tuesday), p.??; a short news note entitled “Health unit hires AIDS supervisor”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break

1988, May 26 (Thursday) * K-W Record: Store-front AIDS centre gets health council OK

On p.B1? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, May 26 (Thursday), there was an article by Katherin Dedyna, Record staff, entitled “Store-front AIDS centre gets health council OK” that discussed a proposal to establish a “store-front drop-in arrangement for people to obtain the kind of information and support that ACCKWA group is proposing to offer.” The article noted that the proposal “was backed Wednesday by the Waterloo Region district health council, which will forward a first-year budget request of $136,000 to the Ontario Ministry.” The article also provided details of the proposed programs to be offered through the centre. The article indicated that the proposal had come from ACCKWA (the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area), and also described what ACCKWA had accomplished in the prior 18 months “working with limited advertising and no permanent office nor staff...”
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, May 26 (Thursday), p.B1?; article entitled “Store-front AIDS centre gets health council OK”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break

1988, May 26 (Thursday) * K-W Record: AIDS drop-in centre may help local victims, support group says

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, May 26 (Thursday), there was an article by Marg Kassten entitled “AIDS drop-in centre may help local victims, support group says”. This article mentioned the application (supported by ACCKWA) for funding for a “store-front AIDS resource and support centre.” The article quoted Gordon Youngman (past chair of ACCKWA) as saying on Wednesday that “similar groups have been ‘totally astounded by the number of people who suddenly appear on their doorsteps’ when they open central offices to distribute information on acquired immune deficiency syndrome and to operate support programs.” The article also featured remarks made by ACCKWA vice chair, Dr. Gary Gibson, after the Commitee's annual meeting at the K-W Hospital (probably Wednesday) about the prevalence of AIDS cases in the Region and the difficulty of access to experimental drugs. The names of the new Board members were also given.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, May 26 (Thursday), p.??; an article entitled “AIDS drop-in centre may help local victims, support group says”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break

1988, June 4 (Saturday) * K-W Record: AIDS group gets backing for centre

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, June 4 (Saturday), there was an article by John Harris, Record correspondent, entitled “AIDS group gets backing for centre” concerning the attempt by the AIDS committee in Guelph to establish a drop-in centre; the committee was not mentioned by name, but was clearly the AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County. The article began “GUELPH — A volunteer AIDS-support group here has strong backing for provincial financing of a drop-in centre, similar to those operating in other Ontario communities.” The article noted that the group had the endorsement of the Guelph district health council in applying to the Ministry of Health for a $110,000 grant to set up an AIDS centre in Guelph. The article further noted that “Jim Dougan, chairman of a volunteer committee of health care workers and others who have provided support for local AIDS victims since January, said community-based programs have proven effective in other areas including Hamilton, London and Kingston.” The article also indicated that, subject to approval, “the drop-in centre would provide counselling and information services and provide training programs for people who work with AIDS victims and their families or friends.” It closed by giving September as the date by which a ministry decision on the proposal was expected.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, June 4 (Saturday), p.??; article entitled “AIDS group gets backing for centre”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break

1988, July 1 (Friday) * ACCKWA: AIDS Hotline Started Up Again

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, early in July, there was an article by Katherin Dedyna, Record staff, entitled “AIDS hotline back to stay, committee hopes”. The article began as follows. “A telephone hotline for questions and answers about AIDS has begun ringing again in Waterloo Region. Manned weekday evenings from 7-11 p.m. by 10 volunteers recruited by the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), the hotline is an attempt to provide non-judgmental support and information about acquired immune deficiency syndrome.” The article also noted that something similar, but on a smaller scale, had been started up the previous November, but “did not work out.” The chairman of ACCKWA, Gordon Youngman, indicated that he saw a “pronounced need for the service”, given the fact that he had received nearly 400 calls of this nature at his own home in the first half of 1988 alone. The article also discussed plans for AIDS advocacy and support.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, early in July, p.??; article entitled “AIDS hotline back to stay, committee hopes”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break

1988, July 19 (Tuesday) * K-W Record: Region's AIDS worker tries to dispel myths about disease

On pp.B1-B2 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, July 19 (Tuesday), there was an article by Rose Simone, Record staff, entitled “Region's AIDS worker tries to dispel myths about disease”. This article was based primarily on an interview with Josee Duffhues, “the new AIDS program supervisor at the Waterloo regional health unit.” The article indicated that “She wants to provide information that will help control the spread of AIDS while also stopping discrimination against people who have developed AIDS or who have the virus thought to cause the disease.”
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, July 19 (Tuesday), pp.B1-B2; article entitled “Region's AIDS worker tries to dispel myths about disease”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break

1988, September: Women Out Of Doors (WOODS) Began

Based on the following description of WOODS found in the Pink Triangle Community Calendar (March 1992, p.2), we place the beginning of WOODS around September 1988. “Women Out Of Doors in Kitchener Waterloo is an outdoor, sometimes indoor, social recreational group for women of all ages and background. Currently WOODS has about forty members and in total over one-hundred women have been members in our 3-1/2 year existence. We have a bi-monthly calendar of events that range from biking to hiking, camping, canoeing, birding, fishing, games rights [nights?], bowling, billiards, movie nights, skiing, group outings to restaurants, etc. We have even gone rock climbing! Most of our events are held on weekends although some fall during the week. All our events are listed in the Pink Triangle Community Calendar. For further information or to join contact us at: WOODS in KW, P.O. Box ###, Waterloo, ON, N2J 4S1.”
[source: Pink Triangle Community Calendar, March 1992 issue, p.2.]

entry break

1988, November 18 (Friday) * K-W Record: AIDS group gets grant for centre

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, November 18 (Friday), there was a short news note entitled “AIDS group gets grant for centre”. The news note began “The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area is planning to open a walk-in AIDS counselling and information centre with a grant from the Ontario Health Ministry.” The note indicated that funding of $74,225 had been granted for annual expenses, with an additional $2450 in one-time capital funding.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1988, November 18 (Friday), p.??; a short news note entitled “AIDS group gets grant for centre”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

entry break