AIDS Committee of Durham
The AIDS Committee of Durham has a mission to provide HIV/AIDS related services to the infected or affected and the general community in the region of Durham. They take this mission seriously with their tagline “Acting Locally. Thinking Globally.” They deliver at least 17 different programs to the residents of Durham: Advocacy, Case Management, Complementary Therapies Program, Counseling, Food Bank Program, Holiday Hamper Program, Inter-Agency Support & Community Partnerships, Medical Services Drop-in, Peer Mentoring Program, PHA Skills Development- Workshops/Conferences, Positive Connections Newsletter, Positive Living Wellness Fund, Social Activities/Events, Support Groups, Vitamin Bank Program, Volunteer Driver Program, and ‘The Pozzy’ Youth Program.
One such program is The ‘The Pozzy’ Youth Program. The Pozzy is a peer-led group for youth 13-29 living with HIV and AIDS in Durham. Their mission is to bring positivity as well as enlightenment to POZ youth. Positive Youth with a positive mission.
“We come from every background and each have our own stories. We do not identify as victims or statistics, and we do not allow HIV to define everything about us. We are informed about HIV and how it affects us and want to help other youth learn more about HIV so that they are able to live healthy and poz. We are a group of youth who seek to change the way the world looks at HIV and poz youth.
We come from all over Canada. We began as a small group of poz youth in Durham Region, Ontario but we want The Pozzy to become a national movement. We invite Poz Youth from all over the country between 13 and 29 to take part in The Pozzy and to support one another. Each of us face unique issues with family, friends, sex, school, gender, disclosure, depression, anxiety, and pride because of our status as Poz Youth. We want The Pozzy to be a place where we can come and discuss the things that are affecting us and how we can work through them together.”
As a Realtor®, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided, when I started my career, to donate a portion of each sale to a local charity. From the proceeds of a recent sale I made in Uxbridge, I have made a donation to the AIDS Committee of Durham.