In 2012 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 the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA). The Award was presented to representatives of Toronto PWA in Toronto on the morning of June 15, 2012 at a special Award breakfast.
Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA)
The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) engages people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and inspires them to live into their dreams and discoveries. As the largest direct, practical support service provider in Canada, PWA has provided services to over 8,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS since their inception in 1987.
PWA ‘s 2011-2016 strategic plan highlights the priority, history and evolution of the role of rehabilitation in their work. The long history includes innovative inter-sectoral partnerships such as founding the Community Naturopathic Clinic with the Canadian College for Naturopathic Medicine and student massage clinics with local massage schools. Recent years have seen the development of complementary therapy programs into a therapeutic model of delivery as well as building new programs that involve PHAs directly in the education of health care practitioners. PWA’s dedication and commitment to the broader holistic health of PHAs and the role of rehabilitation is fundamental to their identity and continues to be inspired by the involvement and leadership of those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
“Under the outstanding leadership of Murray Jose as Executive Director, the Toronto PWA truly demonstrates a long-standing commitment to education, practice and research in the field of HIV and rehabilitation. The Toronto PWA has generously provided outstanding dedication, excellence and innovation towards advancing the field of HIV rehabilitation. Working with Murray Jose and the staff and volunteers at Toronto PWA is an absolute pleasure” (nomination letter of support)