PWA Staff Update

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You can find the original letter here.

September 22nd, 2022.


Dear Community Members, Peers, Volunteers and Community Partners.

I hope this letter finds you well and healthy.

We would like to share with you, some of our most recent staff updates:

PWA bids farewell to:

1. Rajesh Pisharody who has served as Income & Community Liaison (ICL) for over 15 years. We want to express our gratitude for all the hard work and dedication Rajesh has provided to each member of our community.

2. Angela Stultz who has served as Strategic Programs Manager for over a year serving our community through our Anti-Indigenous Racism & Anti-Black Racism work and providing support to our community with the implementation of the Legal Clinic at PWA among other important programs.

Angela & Rajesh, we are thankful for everything, and we wish you all the very best in all your new endeavors.

Bill Handley & Kyle Vose are both presently on long-term leave from PWA where they have both worked relentlessly. Bill and Kyle, we send you both positive doses of healing and strength.

Jordan Schwartz: is joining us as an Interim Income & Community Liaison (ICL) to bring support to our other ICLs Errol and Shaz.

Somdatt Ramessar, will assume responsibilities as Interim Service Access Manager. Somdatt will still have oversight of the Essentials Market but has put in place a Peer-based model for the Essentials Market’s operations.

A huge thank you to Angela & Rajesh for all your contributions to the PWA Family, we appreciate all of your hard work and love.

Bill & Kyle, you have our hearts and prayers. Take good care of yourselves.

Congratulations to Jordan who started his journey with PWA as a student and is now transitioning to the Interim ICL position and to Somdatt who has been impacting our community since his first day as Food Programs Coordinator.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or comments. I can be reached at and (416) 506-1400 ext. 239.


Ian McKnight (He/Him)

Director Programs & Services

Toronto People with AIDS Foundation

Tele: (416) 506-1400 ext. 239


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PWA Indigenous Spiritual Advisor Announcement

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Dear PWA Community,

We are very happy to share with you, that we have been benefitting significantly from the rich wisdom and advice of Rod Michano, who is now PWA’s Indigenous Spiritual Advisor.

Many of you would have seen that we have installed the Land Acknowledgement in both the Essentials Market and the Reception area on the second Floor. We have created a Meditation space in the Essentials Market, and we have been utilizing Indigenous practices in resolving conflicts. This and more has been at the insight and vision of Rod and his lifetime companion Agokwa brother.

To further strengthen this work, Rod will be present on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm in the Meditation Space of the Essentials Market. His work will include the traditional Indigenous practice of smudging the space and individuals as a way of centering your body and soul, encouraging positivity and mindfulness. If the spiritual aspect causes you allergies, discomfort, or affects you in any negative way, please visit us on another day and time.

There are other such activities to be implemented and we are committed to keeping you updated when these have been planned.

We value and honour all our Community Members and look forward to your honest feedback and continuous contribution.


Suzanne Paddock

Executive Director

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PWA Seeking Full-time, Permanent – Director of Finance & Administration

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PWA Seeking Full-time, Permanent

Director of Finance & Administration

Posting opening date: March 14th, 2022

Posting Closing Date: March 31st, 2022

About PWA

PWA has a mission of engaging people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change; and to inspire them to live into their dreams and discoveries.

We at PWA are on a journey of racial and social change and transformation for the ultimate benefit of people living with HIV/AIDS. At the heart of our journey is the dismantling of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism and oppression, and the reimagining of a more equitable, holistic, collaborative and harmonious organization and community for people living with HIV/AIDS.

About the Position

The Director of Finance & Administration plays a key role in the strategic and operational leadership and management of PWA’s Finances and Administration, including business planning, accounting, budgeting, I.T. management and policies and procedures development.

As a member of the Senior Leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director and collaborating with the Board of Directors, the Director of Finance & Administration actively contributes to the thought leadership of the agency in fulfillment of its mission and strategic priorities.


· Prepare internal monthly financial statements, annual budgets, quarterly forecasts, fundraising campaign reconciliations, financial grant reporting, and management reports

· Ensure all statutory requirements are met – charitable status, withholding payments (CPP, EI, income tax, EHT, HST/GST), and prepare annual CRA charitable tax return and other government reports in a timely manner

· Coordinate yearend audit, including preparation of working papers, draft financial statements and notes, and internal control reports, and liaise with the Board Treasurer (and Finance / Audit Committee) and external auditors

· Maintenance of accounting systems (general ledger, payables, receivables, payroll, bank reconciliation)

· Control of cash receipts and disbursements of funds, reconcile bank and investment accounts; monitor investments for optimum benefits and seek Board approval on cash flow situations

· Process and maintenance of payroll and administration of employee benefits in a unionized environment, including payments, reconciliation and reporting

· Develop, implement and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures.

· Manage security issues and maintenance of computer network and policies and procedures; ensure that personnel and financial information is secure and stored in compliance with current legislation

· Manage the acquisition of capital assets and ensure assets are properly recorded, amortized and disposed, as appropriate.

· Supervises, supports and provides performance feedback to all Finance and Administration staff and consultant contracts, (includes regular supervision meetings, and participate with annual performance evaluations)

· Coordinates the training and development of staff.

· Supports and directs staff in achieving greater efficiencies.

· Acts as Manager on call when required.

· Supports lease and building maintenance activities and decision making processes.

· Overall responsibility for IT & telephone environment including primary liaison with IT service provider (currently Dynamix) and telephone wifi service provider (currently Fibernetics)

· Ensures appropriate security of IT & telephone systems including approving security access for staff and volunteers and ensuring adherence to appropriate security protocols by staff and volunteers.

· Selection and purchase of IT assets as needed as well as ensuring IT software is current and up to date.

· Other duties as required


· Proficiency using Microsoft Excel, proficiency using Dynamics GP an asset

· Understanding of the complexity of issues relating to HIV/AIDS

· Commitment to dismantling anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of racism and oppression

· Lived experience of being racialized/Indigenized, living with HIV/AIDS, of 2SLGBTIQ, being a newcomer/immigrant an asset

· Excellent communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills

· Scrupulous attention to detail

· Creativity in finding cost savings

· Ability to work in a flexible and informal work environment.

· Able to organize, set priorities and manage multiple tasks



· Minimum 3-year experience as a senior financial administrator or manager in a non-profit organization.

· Minimum 5 years accounting experience and strong understanding of general accounting practices, including preparing financial reports for city, provincial and federal government funders, experience and understanding of budget monitoring/analysis and financial reporting.


· Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, or equivalent, is preferred. Consideration will be given to CPA students in good standing, who are working towards their CPA designation

· Post-secondary university degree or college diploma in related field

· Canadian Payroll Association designation (PCP or CPM) is preferred, or equivalent combination of payroll education and experience

· OAN Leadership and/or other relevant PHA (people living with HIV/AIDS) capacity building training an asset.

PWA offers:

· A way for you directly impact the quality of life for people with living with HIV/AIDS

· A competitive salary range: $85,000 – $95,000 (based on experience level)

· Comprehensive Benefits Package including: 100%druge coverage, health insurance, life insurance, EAP paid by PWA, float days off, paid sick leave and 5 weeks’ paid vacation

· Hybrid working environment with work from home and/or office flexibility

PWA is committed to being an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTIQ and gender non-conforming communities.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Pedro Ribeiro Schuurhuis, Executive Assistant, by email, or phone at 416-506-1400 ext. 211.

We appreciate your interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline for submissions is 6pm, March 31st, 2022. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Pedro Ribeiro Schuurhuis, Executive Assistant, by email:

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