World Hepatitis Day in Canada 2013 Events

Last year, over 30 events took place across Canada, from Halifax to Whitehorse, to mark World Hepatitis Day 2012! The events helped bring awareness to viral hepatitis and in some cases onsite testing and vaccination were provided. All of the 2013 WHD Events are listed below. Thank you to all those who participated!

events across Canada

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British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador


Blood Ties Four Directions Centre – Beat Hepatitis Carnival
In collaboration with the Salvation Army.
When? Friday July 26; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where? Salvation Army Parking Lot (4169 4th Avenue, Whitehorse)
Contact: Elyse Kornhauser,
Beat Hepatitis! Join us for a carnival event in downtown Whitehorse where participants can literally knock down hepatitis in many of our games and activities! Music and snacks will be available for all. Visit us and check out the hepatitis information displays to learn about the disease, and then fill out the quiz to earn tickets to participate in the exciting games and activities. We’ve got everything from bean bag toss and a relay event to face paint. There will be lots of prizes!

British Columbia

AIDS Vancouver Island (Campbell River) – Community Awareness Event
In collaboration with: Positive Wellness North Island (North Island Liver Services), Public Health, Laichwiltach Friendship Centre, Kwakiutl District Centre – Health, Aboriginal Health – Campbell River, North Island Supportive Recovery, Thrifty Foods
When? July 25;  11:30am – 1:30pm
Where? Spirit Square Shoppers Row
Contact: Jeanette Reinhardt, 
Join us for a day of games, giveaways, free food, and lots of information on liver health, nutrition, testing and treatment. There will be on-site testing as well, provided by Public Health.

AIDS Vancouver Island (Courtenay) – Community Awareness Event
In collaboration with Positive Wellness North Island (North Island Liver Services), Public Health, Wachiay Friendship Centre, Dawn to Dawn – The Caravan, the Nursing Centre, North Island College Nursing Program, Thrifty Foods

When? July 26; 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where? Courthouse lawn at 6th and England
Contact: Jeanette Reinhardt,

AIDS Vancouver Island (Victoria) – 5th Annual Love Your Liver Health Fair
When? July 26;  11:00am – 2:00pm
Where? Centennial Square
Contact: Hermione Jefferis,
Join us to learn more about hepatitis, liver disease, and how you might be impacted by hepatitis C. Speakers, music, free snacks and other goodies. Also, nurses will be on-site to provide vaccinations and testing.

ANKORS (Cranbrook) – Hepatitis Community Art Project
In collaboration with CATIE and Ktunaxa Nation
When? During the week of July 21 to 28
Where? Location to be confirmed
Contact: Kelly Ferguson,

ANKORS (Nelson) – World Hepatitis Day Lunch and Quilt Workshop
In collaboration with: Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, Grans to Grans, Selkirk College and local artists and restaurants
When? During the week of July 22-25, date to be confirmed
Where? to be confirmed
Contact: Laura Kearnes,
Living with hepatitis C in a rural community has its own challenges. Fear of disclosure is prevalent and subsequently people either do not disclose or they are afraid to test due to the fact that they may know someone at the clinic. Due to its association with drug use, people with hep C are highly stigmatized and it is our hope that we can highlight these and other challenges at our lively event showcasing art and good food. Ceramic bowls, made by local artists, can be purchased for lunch and afterwards, we will have a workshop to make our own fabric blocks quilt. Hep C quilts from California will be displayed.

Keys Housing & Health Solutions (Formally known as South Fraser Community Services) – Community Barbecue, Educational Seminars and Booths (Surrey)
In collaboration with: HEPCBC Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society, Surrey Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Mexican Agricultural Society, Local Health Care Authority (Fraser Health), Kwantien University
When? Friday, July 26; 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where? 10697 – 135A Street, Surrey
Contact: Monika Verma,
Show support to the millions that suffer from this infection by taking part and joining us for a free barbecue lunch. Come visit the numerous booths by different organizations and participate in the educational seminars by Dr. Farley, Dr. Bhurji, and Dr. Tam. This event will be Carnival Style and those who participate in the educational seminars will get to show off the knowledge they acquired on Hepatitis by answering a skill testing question. With the right answer, you could earn a chance to dunk our very own Executive Director, Shayne Williams. We will have many door prizes to distribute and free henna tattoos by Sonika’s Henna Design.

Positive Living Fraser Valley Society – Your Health…Be Invested…Get Tested Event
In collaboration with: Fraser Health, Women’s Resource Society, Mennonite Central Committee, Abbotsford Community Services, Stolo Nation, Addictions Services, Pacific Hepatitis C Network of BC
When? Friday, July 26; 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where? 31943 South Fraser Way, Suite 201, Abbotsford
Contact: Kari Hackett,
Join us for food, refreshments, and guest speakers!

Vancouver World Hepatitis Day Working Group – Community Barbeque
In collaboration with: Hep C BC, Canadian Liver Foundation, Hepatitis Program – British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Pacific Hepatitis C Network, SUCCESS (Hepatitis B Program), Happy Liver Foundation, Gay Men’s Health Initiative, First Nations Health Authority
When? Wednesday July 24; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where? John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park – look for the signs
Contact: Elena Murgoci,
Join us for World Hepatitis Day! Information, hot dogs and music will be available! Everyone welcome!


Reduction and the Hep C Designate Nurse – Outreach (Calgary)
In collaboration with the Grateful or Dead Peer Support Group.
When? July 26; 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where? Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre
Contact: Linda Ton,


AIDS Saskatoon – Family and Community Barbecue with Activities, On-Site Testing and Immunization
In collaboration with Saskatoon Health Region Public Health Nurses, Mayfair United Church, People Living with AIDS
When? July 26; 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where? 1143 Avenue F North, Saskatoon
Contact: Saraih-Dawn Matthews, 
Beginning with a barbecue, our event will have booths set up for children’s activities like face painting, fishing pond, and even a liver piñata.  Our event will finish with a giant liver-shaped cake!
Testing and vaccinations will be available on-site.

All Nations Hope AIDS Network (Regina) – Community Awareness Event
In collaboration with (to be confirmed): Kate’s Place, AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan, Aboriginal Family Services, Four Directions, Healthiest Babies Possible, Indian Métis Christian Fellowship, Rainbow Youth, Kids First
When? Friday, July 26; 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where? The lobby of 2735 5th Avenue (Regina)
Contact Leona Quewezance,

Population and Public Health Services (Regina) – Street Project Immunization, Testing and Community Awareness Event
In collaboration with Public Health Nurses in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Carmichael Outreach, AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan
When? Date to be determined during the week of July 22-26
Where? Location to be determined
Contact:  Michelle Merk, 


Canadian Liver Foundation (Manitoba) – Winnipeg Flash Mob
In collaboration with Canadian Hemophilia Society, Hepatitis C Support Community Inc., Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, 595 Prevention
When? Wednesday, July 31; 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where? 201 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Contact: Ruth Magnuson,
Join us in debunking the stigmas of hepatitis in Winnipeg’s Flash Mob! Speak out about hepatitis to help breaking down the barriers for those living with it!


AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area – World Hepatitis Day (North Bay) Education and Awareness Event
In collaboration with North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
When? Thursday, July 25; 10:30am to 1:00pm
Where? Courtyard Outside the AIDS Committee Office, 269 Main Street, North Bay
Contact: Kristina Rancourt, 
Join us on Thursday July 25 to celebrate World Hepatitis Day with games, cupcakes and much more!

AIDS Thunder Bay – World Hepatitis Day Awareness Week with Open House and Barbecue
In collaboration with: Thunder Bay District Health Unit: Superior Points and Street Nursing Beendigen, Norwest Health Unit, Ontario Aboriginal AIDS Strategy (OHAS), Fort William First Nations Health
When? The week of World Hepatitis Day: July 21-27
Where? 547 Memorial Avenue and at the Marine Park Waterfront during the Summer Concert in the Park
Contact: Bob Manson, 

Canadian Hemophilia Society Ontario – Community Awareness Event (London)
In collaboration with Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, Hemophilia Ontario, London Intercommunity Health, and My Sisters Place.
When? July 23-24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where? Central Branch, London Public Library
Contact: Matthew Maynard,
Stop by for lots of information on liver health, nutrition, testing and treatment. There will be testing available at HIV/AIDS Connection and My Sisters Place.

Canadian Hemophilia Society (Toronto & Central Ontario Region) – Hepatitis Display
When? Monday, July 22; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where? SickKids Hospital
Contact: Laura Tomkins,

Canadian Liver Foundation (Markham) – Health Seminars
In collaboration with: Cross-Culture Community Services Association and Toronto Chinese Community Church
When? July 8 and 31 (times to be confirmed)
Where?  Location to be confirmed
Contact: Alina Lin,
It is estimated that more than 600,000 Canadians are hepatitis infected, however some people may not even know they are one of them. Hepatitis can be developed into cirrhosis or cancer if it is left untreated. To raise the awareness of the risk of hepatitis, the Canadian Liver Foundation will be running health seminars on July 8 and 31.

Canadian Society for International Health (Ottawa) – On-Site Testing, Barbecue, Outreach and Awareness Event
In collaboration with: Sommerset West Community Health Centre, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Hospital – Viral Hepatitis Team, DUAL, Public Health Agency of Canada, Pauktuttit Inuit Women’s Centre, Operation Come Home, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ottawa Inner City Health, Centre 507, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, Jer’s Vision, Canadian Cancer Society – Ottawa
When? Friday, July 26; 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where? St. Paul’s-Eastern United Church on the corner of Daly Avenue and Cumberland
Contact: Alison Marshall,

Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) – Media Conference (Toronto)
When? Date to be confirmed
Where? CTAC Office, 612-555 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Contact: Paul Sutton,
In advance of World Hepatitis Day 2013, CTAC is releasing its position paper, Two Standards of Care: Achieving treatment equity for people living with HCV/HIV co-infection.

Change Health Care Inc. Hepatitis Open House (Smiths Falls)
In collaboration with: Street Health Centre’s Hep C Program, Tri-County Addiction Services, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and CAMH
When? Thursday, July 25; 8:00am – 4:00pm
Where? 13 William Street West, Smiths Falls
Contact: Jessica Barlow, 

City of Hamilton Public Health Services – Community Engagement
In collaboration with Wesley Urban Ministries and Shelter Health Network.
When? During the week of July 28 – August 2.
Where? Various locations in Hamilton.
Contact Beth Demizio,

Jer’s Vision – Dare to Stand Out Youth Forum (Ottawa)
In collaboration with Youth Services Bureau, Bruce House, Canadian AIDS Society, Ottawa Public Health, Planned Parenthood and Snowy Owl Foundation, Hep C Nova Scotia
When? December 3-7, 2013
Where? Terry Fox Centre & Parliament Hill
Contact:Thea Belanger,

Kingston Community Health Centre – Street Health Centre (Kingston) Why You Should Care Conference
When? Thursday, June 13;  12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where? Downtown Kingston
Contact for Registration: Christinah Kutama, 

Niagara Health System (Port Colborne)  – Information Displays
When? During the week leading up to World Hepatitis Day
Where? Various Niagara Health System Facilities
Contact: Karen Usick, 

Oshawa Community Health Centre – Barbecue and Community Awareness Event
In collaboration with Durham Region Public Health, John Howard Society, AIDS Committee Durham, Oshawa Community Health Centre
When? Sunday, July 28; 12:00pm-3:00pm
Where? Memorial Park, Oshawa
Contact: Linda Stirling,

Come and meet Oshawa Community Health Centre’s Hepatitis C Team along with our community partners for free hot dogs and cake, information booths, giveaways and great prizes!

Public Health Agency of Canada – Preparing for World Hepatitis Day (Webinar)
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 25, 2013; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST
To participate in the webinar, you must register here.
(event password: hepatitis2013)
July 28, 2013 marks World Hepatitis Day, which aims to improve awareness of hepatitis among individuals worldwide and across Canada. In preparation for this important day, the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control will be presenting a webinar to highlight key Public Health Agency of Canada activities and resources related to hepatitis including public health practice and surveillance updates. The webinar will also feature an overview of the national World Hepatitis Day campaign led by the Canadian Society for International Health and information about how you or your organization can get involved.

Sandi’s Crusade Against Hepatitis C – World Hepatitis Day Community Education and Awareness Event (Oshawa)
When? Saturday July 27 (10:00am – 6:00pm) and Sunday July 28 (12:00pm – 5:00pm)
Where? S & H Health Foods, Five Points Mall – 285 Taunton Rd. East, #57, Oshawa (at the corner of Taunton and Ritson Road)
Contact: Sandi,
Sandi’s Motto: “No matter how we contracted this disease, we are all fighting the same battle.”

Sanguen Health Centre (Guelph) – Community Awareness Event
In collaboration with: AIDS Committee of Guelph
When? Monday, July 29th; 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where? Downtown Guelph
Contact: Jan Klotz, 

Shelter Health Hep C Team (Hamilton) – Hepatitis Awareness Week
When? July 22-26
Where? Various Locations
Contact: Suzanne Edwards, 
Check out our information booths during the week leading up to World Hepatitis Day (July 22-26) at Wesley Urban Ministries, Men’s Withdrawal Management, CMHA, Wayside House of Hamilton, Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Men’s Centre, Mission Services, The Hamilton Clinic, and the Hamilton Public Library!

Timmins Family Health Team –Hepatitis C Community Education and Barbecue (Timmins)
In collaboration with Porcupine Health Unit
When? Sunday, July 28; 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where? Gillies Lake & Hollinger Park
Contact: Diane Dumais, 
You are invited to join us for a barbecue at noon to raise awareness about Hepatitis. Bring the family; we will have games for children and youth!

Toronto Hepatitis C Alliance – World Hepatitis Day Community Health Fair and Barbecue
In collaboration with Elizabeth Fry Society, John Howard Society, PASAN, Central Toronto CHC / SHOUT Clinic, Regent Park CHC, Sherbourne Health Centre, South Riverdale CHC, Toronto Public Health, CATIE, Canadian Liver Foundation, Canadian Hemophilia Society / Hemophilia Ontario, and Sistering
When?  Friday, July 26; 12:00pm – 4:00pm (rain or shine)
Where? 168 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Contact: Amy Muli,

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – Open House, Outreach and Awareness Events
In collaboration with: Windsor Public Health Unit, Chatham Kent Public Health Unit, Windsor Youth Centre, Harm Reduction Network, Praise Fellowship Church/Soup Kitchen, Well-Come Centre, Downtown Mission, the AIDS Committee of Windsor
When? During the week of July 22 – 26
Where? various locations
Contact: Tamara Bechard, 
HCV team members will be guests on the Lynn Martin radio call in show (AM 800) talking about hepatitis C (July 22; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Praise Fellowship Church Soup Kitchen (165 Park Ave. E., Chatham) for an awareness raising event (July 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
World Hepatitis Day BBQ – Fred Thomas Park (Wyandotte & Glengarry) Windsor, Ontario (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa – Youth-Friendly Hepatitis Day Event
When? Tuesday, July 23; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Contact: Suzy Yim, 


Canadian Liver Foundation – The ABC’s of Hepatitis: Celebrate with food, music and games
When? Sunday, July 28; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where? Mount-Royal Park (near the monument to Sir George-Etienne Cartier)
Contact: Betty Esperanza,

Eagle Village Health Center – Awareness Activity (Kipawa)
Please contact organization for more information.

Hépatites Ressources – Baseball Tournament (Drummondville)
In collaboration with Anti-Pauvreté Mauricie Centre-du-Québec (APMCQ).
When? Saturday, July 27; 10:00am
Where? St. Étienne Park (700 rue De Laval – Drummondville)
Contact: Alexandre Laporte,

New Brunswick

Correctional Facility (Dorchester) – Hepatitis Awareness Event
Please contact Institution for more information.

Nova Scotia

Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia – Halifax Pride Parade & Booth at the “After Party”
In collaboration with: Halifax Pride, Nova Scotia Public Health, Springhill Federal Institution, Northern AIDS Connection, Healing Our Nations, AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton
When? Saturday, July 27
Where? Downtown Halifax (Parade) & Garrison Grounds (After Party)
Contact: Adam Dolliver,

Northern AIDS Connection Society (Truro, Nova Scotia) – Hepatitis Poster Campaign, Displays, Information Sessions, and Awareness Barbecue
In collaboration with: NSCC, Colchester Regional Health, Sobeys, First Nations Community Health Centre along with Mainline Needle Exchange, Nova/Springhill Institute, Colchester United Way, Royal Bank, Colchester/East Hants Libraries
When? July 15 to 29
Where? Various Locations
Contact: Janet MacPhee,
Poster Campaign – Throughout the month of July in the northern region of Nova Scotia
Hep Sessions with the Photo Voice Youth Group – date and location to be confirmed
BBQ Sobey’s Awareness Table – July 26; 11:00am – 1:00pm

Newfoundland and Labrador

AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador – World Hepatitis Day (Corner Brook) Activities Throughout the Week
In collaboration with West Rock Community Centre, Corner Brook Status of Women Council, Community Youth Network, Western Health, Blomidon Place, Humber Wood, Humber Community YMCA
When? During the week of July 22-29
Where? Various Locations
Contact: Julie Crouse,
In honor of the 2013 World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, ACNL is pleased to announce their Hepatitis Series!
Colouring Contest – Humber YMCA day-camp during the week of July 22 (winners announced at  BBQ)
HIV/Hepatitis C Presentation – Humberwood Provincial In-Patient Treatment Facility on July 24
Hip Not Hep Presentation & Jeopardy for Youth – Community Youth Network on July 25
Hip Not Hep Jeopardy – WestRock on July 27
Community Barbecue – Margaret Bowater Park from 11:00am – 1:00pm