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Only 15 Days Away! Help us reach our $20,000 fundraising goal at the ACAS ScotiaRun Charity Challenge!

We would like to thank our 89 donors and 27 runners and walkers for helping us raise $6,840 so far for the 2015 ACAS ScotiaRun Charity Challenge! With only 15 days away, we still have 55% of our fundraising goal to reach. Though time is ticking and getting closer to the race date on Sunday, October 18, there are a number of ways how you can help ACAS reach our $20,000 fundraising goals this year! at the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k!

The simplest way would be to click on the secured ACAS fundraising link and make an online donation right now:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=2781968

Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.

The second way would be to make a donation to a team or runner/walker of your choice:

This year, we have 6 teams competing against each other for the top team honour. As of October 3, 2015, Team Fierce & Fabulous is in the lead with $2,505! The following are the team results and the team page link where you can make a donation to the team of your choice or a specific runner/walker of a team:

1) Team Fierce & Fabulous (Women’s Program). Team Captain: Jenny.

Goal $5,000. Raised $2,505

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?EventID=164260
2) Team CelebrAsian (Dr. Alan Li/Keith Wong). Team Captain: Alan

Goal $8,000. Raised $1,100.10408551_700520366693028_3779834697888414367_n

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=638625
3) Team Remembrance of Heroes (Support Program). Team Captain: Andrew

Goal $5,000. Raised $965.


https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=639632
4) Team ACAS (General ACAS team). Team Captain: Christian

Goal $5000. Raised $915.

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=624643

 

5) Team RaMen (Men’s Program). Team Captain: Ryan.

Goal: $2,000. Raised $780.

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=639537

 

6) QAY Naruto Run (Youth Program). Team Captain: Euan.

Goal: $1,000. Raised: $75

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https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=640100

 

The third way for your to help us is to attend our upcoming

Dine for ACAS at Thai Dinner Fabulous Feast!

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Date: October 10
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Party Room, 256 Jarvis Street, Parking on the street

Daniel Le, Richard Utama, and Trisha Steinberg are hosting a Thai dinner party to raise fund for ACAS Toronto Waterfront Marathon and you are invited.

Noulmook S., ACAS Executive Director will team up with volunteers to cook authentic Thai dinner for the guests.
Enjoy a variety of Thai food.

– Green curry
– Som Tum – papaya salad
– Vermicelli salad
– Thai Esarn sausage
– Son in law eggs
– Thai desserts and more!

Suggested donation: $30
Bring your own bottle (BYOB)
You will receive donation receipt!

Space is limited!
RSVP by Friday 9th!

Please contact us to RSVP and any questions/concerns.
Richard at men@2016.acas.org
Trisha at volunteer@2016.acas.org
Noulmook at ed@2016.acas.org

With your help, we can reach our $20,000 fundraising goal to raise funds for East and Southeast Asians living with HIV in the Greater Toronto Area and assist with the operations of the programming and services at Asian Community AIDS Services.

If you have any questions about the 2015 ACAS ScotiaRun Charity Challenge, please contact Christian Hui, Community Engagement and Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) Coordinator, at community@2016.acas.org.

We would like to thank you in advance for all your support!

See you on October 18!

 

September 2015 in Review

 

Have you seen our Queer Asian Youth (QAY_ Coming Out Resource for East and Southeast Asian Youth and Parents Yet?

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Our Coming Out Resource for East and Southeast Asian youth and parents is finally out! Thank you to our QAY Resource Development Lead, Chuck Li, and all the volunteers and focus group participants who have assisted us to update our coming out resource. The resource is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese,Tagalog, Vietnamese and Thai versions for both youth and parents so come and pick up a copy in ACAS office. Online version will be uploaded soon!

 

Thai Migrant Farm Workers’ Sports Day

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On September 7, 2015, ACAS and QAY outreached at the Thai Migrant Farm Workers’ Sports Day at High Park. What a lovely way to spend the Labour Day weekend!

 

ACAS a beneficiary at the Toronto Police Chinese Consultative Committee (CCC) 12th Cops and Community Charity Event

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On September 9, 2015, ACAS enjoyed a great evening and food at the 12th Cops and Community Charity Event at Casa Deluz Banquet Hall. As one of the organizational members of the Toronto Police Services Chinese Consultative Committee (CCC), ACAS is one of the 7 beneficiaries of the fundraising event that evening. We would like to thank the CCC for all their years of support to ACAS and all the wonderful work they do around the Chinese community in Toronto!

 

ACAS Volunteer Appreciation BBQ

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On September 10, 2015, ACAS held its Volunteer Appreciation BBQ at the lovely rooftop lounge at Fife House. As you can see in the photo, it was a packed event and everyone had a fun evening of chatter and amazing food. We would like to thank all our volunteers who have dedicated their time and support to our agency, and to our fabulous Volunteer Coordinator, Trisha Steinberg, for the wonderful work she has done to ensure that our volunteers are matched with meaningful volunteer opportunities at ACAS.

 

MSM Resiliency Dialogues

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On September 16, 2015, the MSM Resiliency Dialogues (#MSMRD) Pilot Intervention was launched tonight with 12 Asian gay and bi men as the first cohort to receive this exciting culturally-relevant, strength-based program aimed at promoting individual and community empowerment.This intervention was based from the findings of the Asian MSM Pathways to Resiliency (#AMP2R) community-based research study and is led by Dr. Alan Li and Richard Utama as Co-Principle Investigators. The 12 Asian gay and bi men in this cohort will become peer facilitators for future rounds of trainings and further this translation of community-relevant research findings into tangible action in the community.

 

Support Program Holds Health Promotion Workshop: Sharing of PHA Stories

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On September 18, 2015, the Support Program hosted a Health Promotion Workshop on the sharing of PHA stories. We would like to thank all the speakers who so courageously shared their stories with the Support Program service users. As seen in the photo, our Support Program Coordinator, Andrew Miao, was one of the 3 featured speakers who shared their stories as Asians living with HIV. It was truly touching and amazing evening!

 

ACAS welcomes 13 New Volunteers!

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On September 21, 2015, 13 new volunteers participated in our Volunteer Core Skill Training this weekend! Welcome to our team!

 

ACAS at the UTM Get Experience Fair

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On September 23, 2015 We are at UTM Get Experience Fair to recruit new volunteers! As a small, non-profit community-based agency, we rely heavily on our volunteers to assist us with our daily tasks and operations, and we accept volunteers all year around! If you would like to become an ACAS volunteer, please contact our lovely Volunteer Coordinator, Trisha Steinberg, at volunteer@2016.acas.org.

 

QAY Mid-Autumn Pot Luck

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On September 25, 2015, Queer Asian Youth (QAY) celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with a Mid-Autumn Pot Luck Event. Mid-Autumn festival is traditionally a time where family and friends would spend the evening watching the full moon. As you can see, there was a lot of amazing food and plenty of laughter were shared amongst our group of Queer Asian Youth!

 

Announcement:

 

ACAS is working with Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)’s International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) again! This time, we have two positions available!

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The IYIP is designed to offer Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work. The objective of the IYIP is to support sustainable international development initiatives proposed, in partnership with local partner organizations, by Canadian professional associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be between the ages of 19 to 30, and be post-secondary graduates, graduates of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (General and Vocational College).

Resource Mobilization and Community Engagement Assistant
http://www.icad-cisd.com/pdf/IYIP/Positions/Internship-Resource-Mobilization-and-Community-Engagement-Assistant.pdf

Youth HIV Outreach Worker
http://www.icad-cisd.com/pdf/IYIP/Positions/Internship-Youth-HIV-Outreach-Worker.pdf

Application Deadline: October 31, 2015
Please send CV and cover letter by email to : Recruitment Committee Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) at officeadmin@2016.acas.org

 

CATIE is conducing a Needs Assessment Survey for People Living with HIV

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Are you living with HIV? 
Maybe we can help.
Who are we?
CATIE is Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. We connect people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk communities, healthcare providers and community organizations with the knowledge, resources and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life.

For more than 24 years, CATIE has been there to provide information that enables people to make informed choices about their health and enhances the ability of healthcare providers and other frontline organizations to respond to their clients’ needs.

What are we asking you to do?
We are asking people living with HIV to complete this short survey. This survey will help us to better understand your information needs and it provides you the opportunity to tell us if CATIE’s publications are working for you.

You can complete the survey here: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/laurel-c/needs-assessment-for-people-living-with-hiv-1/


ACAS AGM 2015

ACAS AGM 2015

You are cordially invited to ACAS 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. at 490 Sherbourne Street, 1st floor Meeting Room, Ph. 416-205-9888. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/425582124298957/

Visit: www.2016.acas.org

ACAS (Asian Community AIDS Services) provides HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner.

Follow us! www.twitter.com/ACAStoronto
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See you in October at the ACAS AGM!