ACCKWA is an Ontario Non-profit Corporation and a Canadian Registered Charity [Charitable Business Number: 133832543RR0001].
ACCKWA provides free and confidential services to residents of Waterloo Region.
ACCKWA was incorporated in 1987 and is currently funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, The United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area, and Public Health Canada.
ACCKWA programs depend on funds raised through agency events, third party events, individual/corporate donations and corporate match programs.
At ACCKWA, we work toward a future where new HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually-transmitted or blood-borne infections are rare in Waterloo Region.
We are closed everyday for lunch 1-1:30pm
Honouring people’s experiences and perspectives
•We believe in harm reduction
•We believe in being where we are needed
•We welcome and include people from all backgrounds and beliefs
•We believe that everyone’s voice is important and should be heard; that our stories are some of our greatest assets
•We will change our approach with the changing landscape of HIV
•We will be brave
•We will be bold
•We do our best work when we work with others
•We believe in strong community partnerships
•We believe in the credo ‘Nothing about us, without us’
Purpose & intention
•We will embrace evidence-informed practice
•We will be self-reflective in our policies and programming
•We will be transparent and accountable
•We believe HIV infections can be reduced to 0
•We can eliminate HIV stigma
•We believe everyone can have access to excellent health care
•We depend on, invest in, equip and recognize those who use their skills, experience and resources to meet the needs of those we serve.
•We are committed to making our work sustainable – to make sure that we are here for those we serve today as well as tomorrow.
Our Key Priorities:
•Dialogue with PHA’s, staff, community partners, and stakeholders to identify needs, trends, and opportunities for collaborative approaches to our work;
•Develop relationships between key stakeholders (such as local politicians, MP’s and MPP’s), and board members, that foster awareness and support of ACCKWA’s work in the community;
•Conduct ongoing program evaluation and then communicate the results of our work, and its value, to stakeholders who can support ACCKWA in its mission;
•Address language barriers that keep people from accessing our services;
•Develop a general media strategy that targets non-traditional modes of communication – creating attention grabbing/provocative messaging in media campaigns.
Honouring & Celebration
•Honour and celebrate our achievements, our resiliency, and the legacy of those who’ve come before us;
•Develop strategies to recognize our partners, funders, and each other;
•Honour our partners by determining how we can best support their mission/vision;
•Continue to embrace harm reduction as a way of honouring individuals and recognizing their lived experience as a valuable resource in our work;
•Recognize staff talent and their role as experts in our work.
•Leverage our ‘stories’ to communicate the impact of HIV and HIV-related stigma, our resiliency, and our value to our community;
•To ‘walk with’ rather than ‘provide services to’ the people who engage ACCKWA’s programming;
•Create and support opportunities for PHA’s to teach our organization, to create, and to implement innovate programs in our community;
•Enter and actively contribute to community dialogues focused on our collective resilience in the face of social determinants and political conditions that challenge our wellbeing;
•Partner with youth in our community to create a generation well-versed in HIV, its history, its social impact, and how to prevent its spread. We recognize that Today’s students are tomorrow’s service providers;
•Become a Centre of Excellence – a resource for developing and enhancing our community’s capacity to support those living with HIV, those at risk, and to stem future infections.
•Enhance our organization’s internal capacity to meet its mission through increasing and diversifying revenue streams, staff and board development, developing appropriate infrastructure and web presence, and locating a suitable space.
•Focus on community development and capacity building as a way to ensure the sustainability of our work.
•Strengthen the leadership capacity of PHA’s
•Identify ways for ACCKWA to ‘give back’ to our community.
In Waterloo Region, more than 1/2 of the individuals testing HIV positive in the past 5 years were infected through heterosexual contact.There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. The best prevention is knowledge, information and empowerment.
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Through innovation and collaboration, ACCKWA will lead our community in the reduction of HIV-related infection, stigma and discrimination, and improve HIV care and support to individuals and families.
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