In 2013 the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) was pleased to announce that the 2013 recipients of the Award of Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation were Dr. Patty Solomon and Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA). The Awards were presented to Dr. Solomon and to representatives of COCQ-SIDA in Toronto on the evening of June 13, 2013 at a special Award reception. In recognition of CWGHR’s 15th Anniversary year, 2 special Awards of Excellence were presented on June 13th 2013.
Patty Solomon is a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. She became involved with CWGHR after receiving a grant to develop a novel patient centered model of education which benefited both students and those living with HIV. Following CWGHR support for her research Patty went on to be on the Board of Directors of CWGHR and the Hamilton AIDS Network and developed a research program related to HIV and disability. She was one of the earliest rehabilitation scientists to receive CIHR funding for research related to rehabilitation and HIV. Most recently she has completed a study that examined participation issues in adults aging with HIV. As the founder and inaugural Director of the Program for Interprofesssional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) at McMaster, Patty is an advocate for collaboration. She contributes her research successes to the incredible team of rehabilitation scientists and PHAs that she has been fortunate enough to become connected with through CWGHR.
Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA)
The Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA) has the mission of bringing together Québec’s community-based HIV organizations and uses its leadership to incite, support, consolidate and promote autonomous community action in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Québec. Since 1990, COCQ-SIDA has collaborated in community-based research, developed intervention and evaluation tools, offered training and knowledge transfer activities to community workers and led social marketing campaigns. COCQ-SIDA is active in the fight against the stigmatization of HIV in many ways, from high-level interventions to change attitudes and policies to the individual level, supporting and enforcing the rights of the individual who has experienced discrimination based on her/his HIV status.