Dreaming & Engagement

Dreaming & Engagement

This program recruits, places, and supports volunteers so they are able to connect with others, meaningfully contribute to positive change, set goals, develop skills, access resources and ultimately, to dream. This program is open to PHAs and their allies.

Peer Outreach Programs

PHA Engagement Programs: 
Health Champion
The staff and volunteers of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Speakers Bureau work to correct the myths and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS. By sharing their experiences with the public, they challenge the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS by putting a human face on the disease. Through education, we hope to improve the acceptance of people living with HIV/AIDS in society. We also promote a strategy of HIV prevention, to help reduce the transmission of the virus.

Trained volunteers, who have taken the Finding your voice training, all of whom live with HIV/AIDS, conduct speaking engagements at public schools, colleges, universities, health centres, businesses, companies, correctional facilities and other social services.

If you have any questions about this program, contact the PHA Engagement Coordinator.

To have one of our amazing speakers come to your organization or school, please download our Speaker request form and fax to Speakers Bureau at 416-506-1404 or email.

Poz Prevention
The Poz Prevention program is an innovative program of PWA, adding to the scope and methodologies of HIV prevention programming. Its approach is built on PWA’s commitment to the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS. The Program utilizes staff and peer educators to provide peer consultations, service provider training, and social group discussions around sexual health and Poz prevention.

PWA outlines the agency role, understanding and overall position on Poz Prevention. See also Poz Prevention: Definition, Values and Principles.


 Funding for these Peer Outreach Programs was provided in part by the Pride and Remembrance Association through the Pride and Remembrance Foundation.

Poz Prevention – Service Provider Manual: knowledge and practice guidance for providing sexual health services to gay men living with HIV in Ontario
Pozitively Healthy: a gay man’s guide to sex and health in Ontario

La Prévention Poz: connaissances et pratiques en matière de livraison de services de santé sexuelle aux homes gais vivant avec le VIH en Ontario

The Men’s Health Peer Navigator

The program’s goal is to help stabilize, strengthen and expand programs across the network of services while reaching out to a diversity of men affected by HIV/AIDS across the City.

The Program includes:

  • Peer Support.
  • Clinical Support.
  • Therapeutic Support.
  • Social Support.

Health Champion Peer Educators

The Health Champion program seeks to advance holistic, medical care and patient empowerment for PHAs through the meaningful engagement of PHAs in medical education. The program recruits, trains and supports PHAs as peer medical educators who train medical and healthcare practitioner students about the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS and about how to engage PHAs in their own healthcare in a supportive, nonjudgement and empowering way devoid of stigma and discrimination.

Positive Women Empowerment and Resilience (POWER) Peer Support Program

The Peer Support program is a collaborative approach to providing diverse, innovative and practical support services for women (trans, cis and femme) living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. It is a consortium of five AIDS service organizations, including The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), PASAN, PWA, and The Teresa Group. The Peer Support Program at PWA builds on the value, impact, and benefit experienced by women living with HIV  when they can receive support from other HIV-positive women and those HIV-positive women providing support.

POWER Project Peers speak several languages and will support and assist other women in navigating the social service system as follows;

  • Accompaniment to medical and other appointments
  • Immigration support
  • Housing support
  • Interpretation/Translation
  • Service referrals
  • Outreach/Facilitation
  • Food delivery from PWA’s Essentials Market
  • Social and emotional support
  • Advocacy
  • Information session about various available supports
  • Home and hospital visit/support
  • Interpretation/Translation
  • Women Support groups
  • Childcare etc.

Brochure: English  French  Spanish

Supports are not only limited to the above and can be adjusted depending on individual needs. To find out more about the POWER Peer Support Program or to request a Peer, contact the Circle of Care Peer Support Coordinator or phone at (416) 506-1400 ext. 210.

Holiday Programs
The winter holiday period can be an especially challenging time and so PWA has created three Holiday Programs – children’s gift certificates, holiday hampers, and holiday dinner – each of which seeks to address one or more of the following goals:

  • To decrease the social isolation experienced during the holidays by fostering a sense of community and festivity
  • To help alleviate the financial hardship of individuals and families
  • To provide high quality food items to support healthy nutrition

PWA Children’s Gift Certificates Program
The PWA Children’s Gift Certificates Program helps families struggling to meet basic needs afford gifts for their children during the holiday season. Each December, PWA distributes HBC gift certificates to children who are HIV positive or to children whose parents are HIV positive.

Community Members interested in the program contact their Benefits & Assistance Case Manager.

Holiday Hampers
The Holiday Hamper program provides people living with HIV/AIDS with a special hamper of high quality food items, personal care products and other gifts in order that they may participate in the spirit of the season. For many, it is their only opportunity to receive a gift. Holiday Hampers serve to lift the clients’ spirits and to maintain their nutritional intake. All clients are welcome to receive a Holiday Hamper and attend the Holiday Dinner and Show. Information about Hamper distribution is available in November.

PWA thanks our long standing partners that help make this program possible: