In 2011, the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) was pleased to announce that the recipient of the Award of Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation was Dr. Mary Petty. The Award was presented to Mary in person in Toronto on the evening of June 11, 2011 at a special Award dinner.
Dr. Mary Petty
“As a knowledgeable and impactful Social Worker, Mary is a wonderful guide with a kind and amazing spirit who contributes much to the HIV/AIDS movement.” (nomination letter of support)
Mary Petty is currently the Research, Education and Practice Coordinator in Urban Health – HIV at Providence Health Care, Vancouver. As a social worker, she has held a number of professional and academic positions in the United States and Canada. Her work in the HIV community goes back to the 1980s when she was an early member of the first AIDS advocacy group in Halifax.
She is committed to interprofessional health care practice and has worked with CWGHR on projects related to education in the field. She was instrumental in establishing a peer navigator project in Providence’s HIV program. This successful and ongoing project is the outcome of a strong collaborative relationship between the hospital HIV program and Positive Living BC. She serves as the faculty lead for the HIV Interprofessional Course at the University of British Columbia and holds an adjunct faculty position at the Dalhousie School of Social Work where she teaches an HIV and social work course.
“More impressive than Mary’s resume is her dedication to those she works with, students, staff and patients alike, within the field of HIV/AIDS. Mary is also a great advocate. She advocates to improve the daily lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a direct and meaningful way through rehabilitation, support, and services. She is widely known and respected in the community at large for the work she does on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS.” (nomination letter of support)