Realize is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Elisse Zack Award for Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation is Michael Bailey. The award presentation was held on September 27, in conjunction with the 2019 Forum
Michael received his HIV diagnosis in 1987. He joined the CATIE team 15 years ago, serving in various education roles including as director of program delivery. This year, he is excited to return to the position of regional health education coordinator for Quebec. Prior to joining CATIE, Michael worked at the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, where he developed programs and fundraisers for people living with HIV. Michael’s connections in Quebec run deep, having lived in Montreal for more than 20 years, where he studied English and French literature, translation and community service. Michael is passionate about HIV and hepatitis C knowledge exchange, and is proud to work alongside the many volunteers and frontline workers who make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.
“Michael is always there for others, whether to lend a hand, a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. He is always the first to offer help and to shoulder others’ responsibilities. “No” is not a word in his lexicon. Michael is always humble, always compassionate, always thinking of others and always ready to lend a hand.” excerpt from the nomination statement