VANCOUVER ISLAND PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS SOCIETY

Registered Name: VANCOUVER ISLAND PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS SOCIETY

Business Number: 889071999RR0001

Our Mission

The mission of the Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) is to offer compassionate peer support and information to all persons living with HIV/AIDS.

About VANCOUVER ISLAND PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS SOCIETY

The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS), founded in 1991, is the only peer based and operated HIV/AIDS organization on Vancouver Island and offers compassionate, peer navigation and support, treatment information and education to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) as well as prevention services to people in Greater Victoria.

We are a for social-profit (non-profit), member based organization made up of HIV+ and HepC co-infected people. A volunteer Board of Directors, all of whom are living with HIV/AIDS, governs our Society. This is to ensure the stability of our grassroots philosophy of "By PLHIV for PLHIV", in keeping with our person-centred support model of service.

In addtion to supporting our mission, we also offer life enhancement activities and a number of programs and services to our membership. Many of these programs and services are prepared and operated by HIV+ member volunteers themselves. With staff support we encourage this as we feel it enables self-empowerment for our members and promotes self-improvement through a healthy lifestyle and outlook on the future. All proceeds and donations go to support these programs and services directly. 

What People Are Saying

"It is important for persons living with HIV to have somewhere to go for support on the island and I would hope that this organization could grow to such an extent that more services, training and support can reach more people living in Victoria and on the rest of the Island. "

— VPWAS Member

"Only when I began accessing peer driven organizations did I begin to learn to look after myself."

— VPWAS Member

"I owe my tentative, slowly growing sense of self-worth to VPWAS and its cohorts. Being successfully engaged in a community has been critical to my health and well-being."

— VPWAS Member

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