SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR HIV, HEPATITIS & STIs

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There are many meaningful ways to get involved with ACNS. No matter how you show your support, you will make a difference in the lives of women, men, youth and families in Nova Scotia.

Take part in exciting fundraising events as a volunteer, or just join us for some fun. Volunteers and event supporters play an important role in our efforts to provide access to support for people living with HIV, prevention education programs and campaigns, and our commitment to reducing stigma.

Involvement as an individual, group or company, builds a sense of community and teamwork. Many volunteers say that ACNS events are a favourite, or even their top pick, among their volunteer work. Make a difference, share what you have learned, develop your talents, connect with new people and be a part of a larger team.

The positive impact of your involvement will help improve the quality of life for those living with HIV, and at risk, forever. We can’t do it without you!

Volunter with Us

ACNS offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including administrative, fund development and awareness events, PHA (people living with HIV/AIDS) services and Board or Committee work. 

Make a difference. Volunteer Now.

Administrative opportunities include general administrative work; this type of work occurs during regular office hours.Fund development and awareness events usually occur in the evenings or on weekends.

We have various events occurring throughout the year. Our yearly schedule usually is:

  • Tour Tech East Post XMAS Party
    Last Saturday in January / first Saturday in February
  • Bid for Life Dinner & Auction
    Third Thursday in March
  • Queen for a Night
    First week of May (Friday)
  • Bluenose Marathon Charity Challenge
    Last week of May (Sunday)
  • Knowledge Exchange and Information Forum
    Last weekend in May / first weekend in June
  • Pride Week
    Mid-July
  • Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Halifax
    Last Sunday in September
  • AIDS Awareness Week
    Last week of November, ending December 1st
  • Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil
    December 1st

PHA Services includes our Complimentary and Alternative Therapies (CATS) Program. Registered therapists from differing modalities such as therapeutic massage, Reiki and reflexology offer free appointments to our HIV-positive members; a hairstylist offers free haircuts; etc.

The Board composition reflects the involvement of people living with HIV, health professionals, community members and various other skill areas. The Board operates under a Policy Board model (CARVER). Board members are elected for a two-year term and participate in at least one of the two main committees: (1) Board Development & Membership Committee; or (2) Strategic Planning & Policy Committee.

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