Events

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is the primary organizing body for the World Hepatitis Day initiative in Canada. Each year, CSIH provides leadership through a National Committee to coordinate events across the country. For 2015, CSIH received a total of 56 proposals for more than 90 events across the country. These events ranged from promotional barbecues, testing and vaccinations, guest speaker panels to youth activities and poster displays. Listed below are dates, times, and locations for events from various organizations for 2015. Some organizations may even have multiple events. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of events, as some organization have requested their information not be made public. For more information on these events, or any general inquiries, please contact Ecaterina at edamian@csih.org Events are categorized by provinces and territories.

World Hepatitis Day 2015 Events

National Events

British Columbia
North-West Territories
Yukon
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador

British Columbia

Abbotsford
When:
July 28th 12-3 pm
Where:
Jubilee Park
Contact: Kindra Breau
support@plfv.org

Positive Living Fraser Valley is hosting Word Hepatitis Awareness BBQ on Tuesday July 28th from 12-3 at Jubilee Park down town Abbotsford. Come on down to enjoy complimentary hot dogs, face painting and music while learning about Hepatitis C prevention and treatment.  Confidential testing will be provided by trained Fraser Health Blood Borne Pathogens Nurses. Positive living staff and other community service providers will be available with information on services available to those at risk or affected by hepatitis C.

Agassiz

When: July 28th
Where: Check with local community centre
Contact: Lisa Walberg
lisawalberg@seabirdisland.ca

Cranbrook

When and Where:  July 28th
11:00-12:00 – Hand out cupcakes  downtown Cranbrook.
12:00-1:30 – Brown Bag lunch – Screening of ‘Deal With It’  Street Angels
2:00-5:00 – Information tables, cupcakes  Rotary Park
Contact: Michelle Shewell
ankorshcv@gmail.com

World Hepatitis Day – Cranbrook, will kick-off with an invitation to attend a Brown-Bag Lunch. Prior to the lunch, volunteers will hand out cupcakes in downtown Cranbrook with the WHD logo on them to community members to inform them of the screening. The Brown Bag Lunch will consist of a screening of the Deal With It video. After the screening, a brief discussion of the movie will be provided in order to inform individuals of treatments that are different than described in the movie. Popcorn will be provided at the Brown Bag Lunch. An evaluation will be completed for this event. After the movie, an awareness display will be held in the highly populated, Rotary Park. This awareness display will include a table with information packages, cupcakes with the World Hepatitis Day Logo, on-site testing and WHD swag. There will also game that will include prizes (Hepatitis C Spinner).

Kamloops

When: July 28th 2015
Where: ASK Wellness Centre, 433 Tranquille road
Contact: Kira Haug
kira@askwellness.ca

World HCV Day
Feed the people campaign
Proudly supported by the Kamloops Food Bank and ASK Wellness Society.
Chili and burgers, music and entertainment for all!
In-site confidential testing by Interior Health Authority.

Kitimat

When:  July 28th 2015
Where:
Kitimat Public Health
Contact: 
Darlene Schmid
darlene.schmid@northernhealth.ca

Did you know we now have treatment for Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C affects everyone whether you have the disease of it is just in your community. We are holding a drop in event July 28th, 2015 at the Kitimat Health Unit to share information and provide testing for Hepatitis C. Early testing means increased chance of cure for Hepatitis C. We invite everyone to come to our event and see what is new on this disease.

Richmond

When: Friday September 18, 2015  from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Community Stage, Vancity Richmond Community Branch, 100-5900 No. 3 Road, Richmond BC V6X 3P7
Contact: Michael Tang
Michael@myhealthiswealth.com

Please be advised, we have rescheduled our program to support WHD:
–  Title of the program: ‘Prevent Hepatitis: It’s Up To You’
–  3-hour Train-The-Trainer Session for 20 people from ethnic Chinese organizations in Vancouver

Our objective is to distribute the knowledge/message to various ethnic Chinese organizations through their representatives we train. While we will recruit new faces, we will bring in some of those we trained last year as coaches to help and to share their experience.

Surrey

When: July 28th 12-3 p.m.
Where:
Lookout Emergency Aid Society
Contact:
Susan Bhatti
surrey.hascoord@lookoutsociety.ca

Vancouver

When: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Creekside Community Recreation Center
1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1
Contact: Sandi Mitchell
sandi.mitchell@bccdc.ca

AND

When: August 2 2015
Where: Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach
Contact: Ivan Arlantico vidcconnect@gmail.com

Victoria

When: July 28th 2015
Where: Downtown Victoria
Contact: Hermione Jefferis
hermione.jefferis@avi.org

AIDS Vancouver Island and our valued partners will once again be bringing attention to World Hepatitis Day by hosting an event in downtown Victoria. Special guest speakers, music, information about transmission, testing and treatment, and other surprises! Everyone welcome.

North-West Territories

Yellowknife

When: July 28th 2015 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Franklin Avenue by the Post Office
Contact: Audrey Zoe
reception@healingdrum.ca
Website: http://www.healingdrum.ca

Yukon

Whitehorse

When and Where: 

Event #1: Art Competition and Show
Art Show at Yukon Arts Centre July 6th to August 1st.
300 College Drive
Whitehorse, YT

Event #2: Carnival
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1-4pm
in Salvation Army parking lot
4169 4th Avenue
Whitehorse, YT

Contact: Elyse Kornhauser: education@bloodties.ca

Alberta

Calgary

When:  July 28th All Day
Where: Sheldon Chumir Health Centre
Contact:  Linda Ton
linda.ton@albertahealthservices.ca

Saskatchewan

Kamsack

When: July 29th Afternoon
Where: Front lawns of the Kamsack Hospital, 341 Stewart St
Contact: Megan McGrath: hcvsupport@aidssaskatoon.ca

La Ronge

When: July 28th
Where: Riese Park and Scattered Sites Outreach Centre
Contact: Kaetlyn McLaughlin
Kaetlyn.mclaughlin@mcrhealth.ca

Our plan for July 28 is to start off with an Awareness walk down main street. It will end at Scattered Sites where we will have a community BBQ. People can come and go and enjoy some food and participate in activities. There will be face painting, water balloons, balloon darts, bean bag toss and a fish tank all having a Hepatitis component. There will be lots of prizes and donations.

Prince Albert
Health Promotional Items and Clinicians on-site
When:
 July 28th
Where:  
Positive Care Clinic.
Pancake Breakfast and Info session
When: July 30th 9-11 a.m.
Where:  North Outreach Centre
Free BBQ and info session
When: July 31st 12-2 p.m.
Where: 601 North Outreach Centre

Contact: Shelley Crawford
scrawford@paphr.sk.ca

Regina

When:   July 28th Afternoon
Where: Carmichael Outreach, 1925 Osler Street
Contact: Michelle Merk
michelle.merk@rqhealth.ca

AND

When:  July 29th Afternoon
Where: All Nations Hope Aids Network 2735 Fifth Avenue

We will be hosting a come and go health fair focusing on information regarding prevention and health promotion. This will take place on two different afternoons at two different locations. The 1st afternoon will take place at Carmichael Outreach on July 28th, 2015. We will book their coffee room and set up a display board full of information, as well as a table packed with take home information and other goodies in keeping with the theme of WHD. The information we will be displaying and handing out will include information on signs and symptoms of hepatitis, various treatments, and harm reduction strategy. We also plan to have a table with healthy snacks and beverages for the clients. We will have two nurses present, one to do testing and immunizing and one to help facilitate discussion amongst clients and answer questions. We will also have a community health worker present to assist in handing out prizes, setting up food and drinks, and the set up and take town of information. The second afternoon which we plan to hold at All Nations Hope AIDS Network on July 29th, 2015, will be very much the same as the first day, but at this different location in hopes of reaching out to clients living in a different area of the city.

AND

When: July 28th 10-4
Where: All Nations Hope Network
Contact: Christin McNab
cmcnab@sasktel.net

The main objective will be to promote awareness surrounding prevention of Hepatitis C. A display case will be set up providing information of prevention messages gathered from resources across the country such as CATIE and B.C Centre for Disease Control who have developed materials for people who are living with Hepatitis C, and the Canadian Liver Foundation.  We will find and provide the most recent statistics to create awareness and prevention.  Handouts will be easy to ready, easy to understand, and easy to access. We will also provide food to attract the community members and our local organizations who come out and support us, to gather and share resources and information vital to community and individual well-being.

The event will take place 10:00-4:00 on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in the front lobby of our organization 2735 5th Ave, where all of the daily drop in takes place.  Invitations will be sent out to all of the organizations who are interested or have similar activities to create awareness in prevention of blood borne pathogens. A media release is prepared prior to each event, with the best statistics possible that are accessible.  Media is always welcomed to every event as they play an important role in how events are heard of and attended.

Saskatoon

When: July 30th 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Outside AIDS Saskatoon and the 601 Drop-In Centre (1143 Avenue F North). 
Contact: Megan McGrath hcvsupport@aidssaskatoon.ca

Sturgeon Lake

When: July 29th-30th 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Sturgeon Lake Medical Centre
Contact: Darren Skibinsky dskibinsky@slhc.ca

As WHD approaches the Sturgeon Lake Health Center is gearing up to provide the most up to date and relevant hepatitis information to our community members. Our focus will be to raise awareness about hepatitis and encouraging oneself to assume responsibility for their own care by providing awareness and access to testing and treatment. We will be providing health information meanwhile bringing awareness to the supports our health center currently provides.

The vehicle used for relaying our information will be through our local First Nations radio channel where we will have a public radio announcement and contest while providing hepatitis health teaching. This is a perfect way to reach those that may not access tradition health care services and to those family members who provide support to people living with viral hepatitis.

There will be testing/screening services provided at our health center for the remainder of the week with a chance to win a door prize for all those who have been tested.

Yorkton

When: July 28th 1:30 p.m. Documentary Screening “Deal With it: Untold Stories of Hepatitis C in Canada”
July 30th: Afternoon TBD Community Barbecue
Where: Documentary screening at Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre, 49 Smith Street East
BBQ at  601 Yorkton Drop In, 130 345 Broadway St. W. Sign Building
Contact: Megan McGrath hcvsupport@aidssaskatoon.ca

Manitoba

Winnipeg

When: July 27th 11 – 1 p.m.
Where:  
Portage & Main. Media Panel & Courtyard
Contact:
 Bianca Pengelly
bpengelly@liver.ca

Ontario

Armstrong
When: August 5th 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Whitesand First Nations
Contact: Jessica Laesser Jessica.Laesser.RN@gmail.com

On Aug 5th 2015 Whitesand First Nation will be hosting a community BBQ in support of World Hepatitis Day. We will have various health service providers on site to offer up to date information and screening for Hepatitis. We will have face painting for kids, a door prize for those who come out and some other promotional item giveaways.

Brampton

When: July 28th 11-4:30 p.m. Free BBQ from 1:30-3:30 Poster
Where:
Gage Park, Brampton
Contact:
Jadunauth Raghunauthyu
jadunauth.raghunauth@wellfort.ca

Guelph 

When: July 28th 2015
Where:  Guelph. St George’s Square. 12-4 pm
Contact: Colin McVicker
cmcvicker@sanguen.com
Website: http://www.sanguen.com

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th and to commemorate the event Sanguen Health Centre and HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health will be hosting a day of events from 12:00-4:00 in St George’s Square. There will be a day of free activities for everyone including face painting and snacks in addition to information about Hepatitis C testing, prevention and treatment options. Come join us in raising awareness about Hepatitis C!

AND

When: Week of July 27th
Where:  
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph clinic locations, and Guelph Community Health Centre (Needle Exchange Site)
Contact:
Kelly MacDonald
Kelly.macdonald@wdgpublichealth.ca

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will be offering free drop –in Hepatitis testing and information clinics during the week of World Hepatitis Day.  Need more information – please visit our website

Hamilton

When:  July 20-24th
Where: Booths at: Men’s Withdrawal Management, Womankind Addiction Services, Wayside House of Hamilton, The Hamilton Clinic, Wesley Urban Ministries, Canadian Mental Health Association, Salvation Army Booth Centre, Good Shepherd Centre, and Mission Services. Six Nations Family Health Team and Gane Yoh Health Center

 AND

When: July 28th
Where: Booths at McMaster University Medical Center,  General Hospital
Contact: Suzanne Edwards
suzanne.hepc@gmail.com

Or contact Marcia  Stirling of Hamilton Health Sciences at the McMaster University Medical Centre
stirlin@hhsc.ca

The Shelter Health Hep C Team (in collaboration with Hamilton Public Health and Hamilton Health Science) will be hosting a 6- day long awareness campaign to help celebrate World Hepatitis Day by conducting awareness booths at various shelters, methadone clinics, detox centres, hospitals/health centres and mental health & addiction treatment centres within the City of Hamilton and the Six Nations Reserve.

Hawkesbury

When: July 30th
Where:
Hawkesbury Hospital
Contact:
Lynn Vignola
lvignola@toh.on.ca

Kingston

When: July 28th 2015
Where: H’art Studio 1:30- 3 PM
and
“Deal with it”  Documentary Screening
120 Princesss Street 7-9 pm
Contact: Christinah Kutama
christinahk@streethealth.kchc.ca

Kitchener

When: July 27th 2015
Where:  Downtown Square 12-3 pm
Contact: Colin McVicker
cmcvicker@sanguen.com

London

Community Awareness Event
When:
July 24 & July 25, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Central Branch, London Public Library
World Hepatitis Day – Community BBQ
When: July 28, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, King St, London
Contact: Matthew Maynard
mmaynard@hemophilia.on.ca
Website http://www.hivaidsconnection.ca/

Niagara Region

INFORMATIONAL DISPLAYS
When
: July 14, 2015 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Where: NHS-Greater Niagara General Site – Niagara Falls Front entrance by Tim Hortons
AND
When: July 15, 2015 830 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: NHS Welland Hospital Site – Hospital Cafeteria
AND
When: July 16, 2015 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Where: NHS St. Catharines SiteMain Hallway by cafeteria and Tim Hortons
AND 
World Hepatitis Day Community Event and Barbecue 
When: July 28th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: 4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, ON
AND
Hepatitis Information and Documentary Screening
When: July 13th 9 a.m. – 4 pm (Documentary at 2:30)
Where: 4848 Victoria Avenue,
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4C5
Bus routes #104, #204 stop at Library, #102 nearby.
Map and directions
Free Parking available off Buckley Ave., (1 block east of Victoria Ave., via Morrison St.)

Contact: Karen Usick
Karen.usick@niagrahealth.on.ca

On July 28th, 2015 the Niagara Health System – Hepatitis C Care Clinic will be hosting our 2nd of annual World Hepatitis Day community events to be held at Centennial Square-4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls. The goals and objectives of the event are to raise awareness of World Hepatitis Day, hepatitis, liver health as well to inform the public of the care / services that the
Hepatitis C Care Clinic provides and the care and services of our community partners to the residents of the Niagara Region. The clinic will be providing private on site testing to give individuals the opportunity to make that important first step to; “GET TESTED, GET TREATED, GET CURED”.

Highlights of the World Hepatitis Day event include:
– Opening ceremonies with Mayors Address
– Private testing
– Live entertainment
– Free Barbecue
– Community Health Fair

North Bay & Area
When: Week of July 20th- 24th
Where: Rural locations between North Bay Sault St. Marie
Contact: Kristina Rancourt hepccommcoord@gmail.com

The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area Hep C Team will be joining the Hep C Teams from Sudbury and Sault Sainte Marie to provide testing for Hepatitis C as well as informational materials. The three teams will be traveling in an RV from North Bay to Sault Saint Marie focusing on smaller communities such as Verner and Espanola. We will be offering testing for hepatitis C and informational materials. For more information, please contact Kristina Rancourt at 705-497-3560.

Oshawa

When: July 28th 12-3 p.m.
Where:
Memorial Park, Oshawa
Contact:
Adam Kelly
akelly@ochc.ca

On Tuesday July 28th, 2015 Oshawa Community Health Centre (OCHC) will be hosting World Hepatitis Day events at Oshawa Memorial Park from 12pm to 3pm. OCHC will be presenting information on hepatitis, with an emphasis on Hep C, and what can be done to reduce the risks. There will also be tables from community partners where people can learn about the services offered in their communities. During the event there will be live entertainment, BBQ, give-aways, and prizes.

AND

When: Sat July 25th 10 am – 6 pm
Sun July 26th 12-5 pm
Where: S & H Health Foods
Five Points Mall, 285 Taunton Rd. East, #57, Oshawa, Ontario
Contact: Sandi sandiscrusade@yahoo.ca
Website: www.creativeintensity.com/smking

Basket Draw, World Hepatitis Day educational materials and swag.

Ottawa

When: July 28th 2015 12-2 p.m.
Where: Marion Dewar Plaza (In front of City Hall)
Contact: Ecaterina Damian
edamian@csih.org

Sault St Marie

When: July 28nd 12-4 p.m.
Where:
Downtown Waterfront Pavilion (Roberta Bondar Place)
Contact:
Desiree Rhodes
rhodes_d@ghc.on.ca

On July 22nd please join us at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion from noon until four p.m. for World Hepatitis Day Celebrations. There will be a free barbeque, prizes, information, and music. Come learn about Hepatitis, Hepatitis care in Sault Ste Marie and our Hepatitis Care teams’s involvement in the community.

Sudbury

Tuesday July 21st: Gogama Community Centre afternoon
Chelmsford in the evening
Wednesday July 22nd:  Espanola in the Afternoon, Elliot Lake in the Evening

We will be engaging the general public by placing a tent in a high traffic area of the down town core (park or green space) and inviting people to participate in games and activities (with prizes) and testing for HAV/HBV/HCV/HIV.  We will  also be offering a BBQ.  The games will have questions specific to Hepatitis and debunking myths about Hepatitis.  We will also be partnering with our sister agencies in North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie to cover our individual catchment areas in a joint effort to reach locations that are rural and often overlooked.

Thunder Bay

When: July 28th
Where: Elevate NWO
Contact: Eric Shih eshih@elevatenwo.org

Toronto

When: Tuesday July 28th 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:
 Queen West Community Health Centre – 168 Bathurst St. Toronto
Contact:
Max Ducsharm
mducsharm@ctchc.com

This year’s Toronto World Hepatitis Day event will be on Tuesday July 28 from 11-3 at the Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto. We encourage everyone to come out, enjoy some tasty food and learn about Hepatitis A, B & C. There will be loads of entertainment, information, and chances to talk with folks from agencies around the city who work to reduce transmission of Hep A, B & C, and provide support so people can live well with viral Hepatitis, as well as advocate for greater access to health care and Hepatitis C treatment.

Everyone is welcome, this is an accessible event. Hope to see you there!

AND

When: End of July TBD
Where:
Sick Kids Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital Toronto
Contact:
Laura Tomkins
ltomkins@hemophilia.on.ca

Toronto Public Health will be promoting awareness of World Hepatitis Day through our website, health professionals communications, and social media channels.

Windsor

When: July 28th 4-7 p.m.
Where: Wigle Park 331 Erie Street East
Contact: Tamara Bechard tbechard@wechc.org

The Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre- Hepatitis C Program is holding a community BBQ on World Hepatitis Day, July 28th, 2015. Our main focus is to raise awareness and provide direct information and education to persons at high risk for getting Hepatitis C. We will offer confidential testing during the event. There will be food, activities and giveaways offered.

 

Quebec

Gatineau
When: July 28th
Where: Throughout Downtown Gatineau
Contact: Stéphanie Rousseau stephanie.rousseau@lebras.qc.ca

Le BRAS participe, cette année encore, à la journée mondiale contre l’hépatite C au centre-ville de Hull en tenant un kiosque d’information et de sensibilisation sur le VHC, le mardi 28 juillet de 9h30 à 15h30. De la documentation et des condoms seront disponibles. Si vous avez des questions des intervenant-es et des bénévoles formé-es seront présent pour répondre à vos interrogations.


Sherbrooke

When: July 28th 2015 10 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Parc Antoine Racine
Contact: Isabelle Bouchard
direction@archedelestrie.org

The A.R.C.H.E of Estrie will join various organizations from around the world to raise awareness  of the danger of hepatitis B and hepatitis C, two liver diseases that threaten the lives of thousands of Canadians

In collaboration with IRIS Estrie and the Sherbrooke Coalition street work, the community organization which provides support to individuals living with HIV /AIDS and HCV, is organizing an outreach activity on Tuesday, July 28. The event is open to the public from 11 am at Antoine Racine Park in Sherbrooke. There will be snacks, refreshments and entertainment on site.

Québec City

When : July 28th 730 am – 230 pm
Where :
Basse de Ville Quebec
Contact :  
Sarah Fortin Tremblay s.tremblay@pointdereperes.com

New Brunswick

Fredericton

When: July 28th
Where:
AIDS New Brunswick 65 Brunswick Street
Contact:
Luc Malenfant
Luc@aidsnb.com

July 28th, 2015, marks World Hepatitis Day, AIDS New Brunswick, in partnership with UNB nursing, will be hosting a free BBQ event for all those in the community. We will have nurses on site to provide health care information, as well as offer confidential on-site STBBI testing for those interested. There will also be cake and a wide variety of educational pamphlets and brochures available.

Moncton

When: July 28th 2015. 9-12 and 1 -4
Where:
80 Weldon Street, Moncton 
Contact: 
Bridgette Donovan sidaidsm@nb.aibn.com

Saint John

When: July July 22nd 9 am – 3 pm
Where:  Saint John City Market
Contact: Diane Kerns
nepcoordinator@aidssaintjohn.com
Website: http://www.aidssaintjohn.com

Nova Scotia

Halifax

When: July 25th 2015
Where: Halifax Pride
Contact Carla Densmore
director@hepns.ca
Website:  http://www.hepns.ca

HepNS celebrates World Hepatitis Day this year by joining with Halifax Pride for their parade on Saturday July 25th. We will also have a table the Community event afterwards on the Garrison Grounds. HepNS will have a henna artist on hand to demonstrate a lower risk way to enjoy body art. Rouge Fatale will make a celebrity appearance supporting testing for Hep C. HepNS will also host awareness events at Nova Correctional Institute for Women, Springhill Institution (for men), The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, and The Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. HepNS is pleased to host these crowd pleasing events in order to share information about hepatitis prevention, testing and treatment.

HepNS is a charitable organization that was established in November, 1999 and was pleased to celebrate its 15th anniversary last fall. HepNS has a mandate to serve Nova Scotian who are at risk for, or affected by viral hepatitis. The HepNS mission is to reduce the impact of hepatitis through support, information and education. We look forward to a future where the spread of viral hepatitis is reduced through full access to preventative education, testing, and treatment and where people living with hepatitis are fully accepted and supported.

Truro
When:
July 28th
Where:  
Truro Walmart Parking Lot
Contact:
Janet MacPhee nacsaccountant@eastlink.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador

Cornerbrook
When: July 28th
Where: Contact Dave Jones for more information djones@acnl.net

Gander

Date and locations TBD.
Contact Hayley Cooze for more info
hayley.cooze@centralhealth.nl.ca

Stephenville
When: July 27th
Where: 
Contact Dave Jones for more information djones@acnl.net

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