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We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Vancouver Fruit Tree project for this year’s picking season. We look forward to providing our Grocery patrons with the fruit that will be graciously given to the program.

Joe Smith first walked through AIDS Vancouver’s doors in early 2011. It was a very dark time in his life.

Joe had just been diagnosed with HIV, although his doctor speculated he’d been infected for approximately two years, the result of being pricked by a contaminated needle while searching a dumpster for returnable bottles. Ironic, in light of Joe’s struggles with heroin earlier in his life.

Homeless, drug dependent and newly diagnosed, Joe was at the end of his rope when he first came through our doors. A broken man.

This past December, Lance Surina of the Vancouver Running and Jogging club contacted me because he saw our article in one of the local papers, asking for help with donations for our 2013 Holiday Grocery.

The running club collects food every year and designates a charity to donate it to. This year we were lucky enough to be the recipient of an incredibly generous donation of cereal, and lots of it! 4 pallets of it, in fact! That came via Kevin Street and Tree of Life Canada (

All of us at AIDS Vancouver want to send our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped and supported us during our 2013 Holiday Grocery. With your contribution, and the help of 70 volunteers, we raised over $23,000 and provided nutritional food and good cheer to 754 clients this season. We would also like to send a big thank you to Vancouver Courier and Vancouver Metro for your heartwarming stories this season. Your involvement has been instrumental to our success. Thanks, to each and every one of you, for your continued support!



Today we want to spotlight the amazing work of one of our long serving volunteers. Yoshiko has worked with the AIDS Vancouver Helpline program for just shy of two years and has come to be a valued member of this diverse group. Yoshiko is of great support to me and the Helpline team.

We are very pleased to announce that Ethical Bean coffee has stepped up to help support the Holiday Grocery with an incredibly generous donation of 400 packages of coffee!

As I have recently passed my four year anniversary with AIDS Vancouver, I have been reflecting on the work that gets done here and the ways in which we serve the HIV community.

Couponing for AIDS Vancouver! A fundraiser for AIDS Vancouver’s Holiday Grocery where we plan to provide festive groceries for 800 people (including their 238 children). In just one day!

An information session for all who want to learn more about how cannabis can bring balance and healing to the human mind and body, especially relating to reducing toxic side effect of medication as well as new research on THC’s action against the HIV virus.


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