Welcome to the third installment of our new monthly Realize Feature in which we focus on one ‘Member For the Month’!
Community is the glue that binds organizations together. With the outbreak of COVID-19, all of us are learning how important community is to us. We’d like to introduce you to a member of the Realize community. In fact, Stéphanie Claivaz-Loranger is our current Co-Chair and our Member For the Month of May. Join us as part of the Realize community!
I have been doing HIV and human rights work since 2008. I will always remember my first contact with Realize. At the time, I was in charge of coordinating Quebec AIDS organizations’ employment access strategy for people living with HIV and other disabilities. I was new at the job, new in the HIV sector and still relatively inexperienced in the labour market, having only been out of university for a few years. While at my new job, I happened to find some of Realize’s publications on employment access for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities. What a goldmine… I would not have to reinvent the wheel! As a result, I wrote to Realize, an organization I still knew little about, hoping to learn a bit more on the work they were doing. I had no idea at the time that I was opening the door to a collaboration that has continued to this day and that has brought me to be part of Realize’s Board of Directors, which I am Co-Chairing today. Realize has reached out to me, has allowed me to learn, and develop partnerships in order to better serve people living with HIV. This, for me, is worth its weight in gold!
In these times of isolation, I cannot help thinking of what is the most important thing for me. In today’s manic world, where it often looks like “more” is essentially “better”, I now realize the importance to take the time to stop and enjoy the world that surrounds us.
Interested in becoming a Realize member?
We need your voice at the table. Fill out a membership application (Word document or online) via this link or contact us to find out how your membership in Realize can improve the lives of people living with HIV and/or other episodic disabilities – as well as your own life.