AIDS Vancouver Island
Our Impact Why We Exist
We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. Our vision is of a world free of HIV and hepatitis C. Until that time, those most at risk in our community continue to be marginalized — not only by their disease, but also by stigma and discrimination, poverty, and despair. As we fight these diseases, we join with those we serve to provide services based on consideration and respect and to provide visibility and a voice in the community.
Our Story What We Do
AIDS Vancouver Island was founded at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. On September 17, 1985, five men sat around a kitchen table and decided it was time to meet the challenge posed by the AIDS epidemic on Vancouver Island. These five men saw the growing need for accurate and up-to-date information and services relating to HIV/AIDS. That evening saw the birth of AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), with the founders forming the first Board of Directors.
The society was subsequently incorporated in BC and registered under certificate number S20925 on January 24, 1986 under the legal name the Vancouver Island AIDS Society. Initial funding for the society's expenses came from a benefit and charitable donations. There were no paid staff and a small office space was obtained at no charge. Over the last 27 years, the need for HIV/AIDS related programs and services has continued to grow.
For more information on program and services please see http://avi.org/
Our Programs How We Do It
Since 1986, AIDS Vancouver Island has been working to improve the lives of people living with HIV or AIDS and to prevent more individuals from becoming infected with the virus.
We provide support for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C in all of our offices through our Positive Wellness program.
We are committed to education - providing prevention information via our 1-800 numbers and through our locations across the Island. We also provide workshops in various settings, from homeless shelters, to youth groups, to prisons.
Our Men's Wellness Program promotes men's wellness and creates spaces for men to talk about being gay, queer, bi or questioning, and how that impacts on their sexual, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well being.
AVI offers harm reduction services in Victoria, Courtenay, Campbell River and Port Hardy. In Courtenay and Campbell River these services are offered at AVI’s offices and in Victoria and the Port Hardy and Port MacNeil areas the service is mobile. Street Outreach Services in Victoria offers harm reduction services, such as needle exchange, support and referral, to people who use drugs by injection.
Throughout the North, Central and South Vancouver Island Health Areas AIDS Vancouver Island is responding to these demands with a wide range of programs and services. Please visit our website for more information about our programs in each area.
What You Can Do
The need for HIV/AIDS related programs and services has continued to grow. Although our client base has almost doubled in the last six years, funding decreases continue to provide pressures for the agency.
Our programs, staff and clients are strong in the face of funding cuts but we need your contributions to sustain us. Please consider a charitable donation to AVI. 100% of your donation goes toward benefiting our clients.