Congrats to Sharp Dopler & the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) on being presented with the Youth Role Model of the Year!
Both were presented with the Centre’s highest honor: The Youth Role Model of the Year on World AIDS Day, Dec 1, 2015.
“Sharp has been an educator, mentor & friend of our organization, and countless others across our continent. Their work challenges us all to do better and build community,” said the Centre’s director Jeremy Dias.
The nominator for Sharp wrote: “Sharp saved my life. Because of them I was able to connect to my community, and be proud to be two-spirited & Indigenous. They are my hero and inspiration”.
The event also recognized the AIDS Committee of Ottawa on 30 years of work in our community. ACO is celebrating this milestone with ACOXXX–the ACO Legacy Project.
Speaking with contributors to the Legacy Project, executive director Khaled Salam, said “This work is the collective stories of hundreds of people. It pays tribute to the lives infected and affected by the HIV movement in Ottawa.”
The event also included speeches from deputy Mayor Mark Taylor, Quebec MP Anju Dhillon, & Saskatchewan MP Sheri Benson.
The event was part of the opening ceremonies for the 4th annual Canadian Youth Forum & Conversation on Sexually Transmitted & Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs). The forum is part of our national initiative, Educating & Engaging Youth in Taking Action on Hepatitis C, STBBIs & Promoting Better Health Practices in their Community.
Also, please check out the official City of Ottawa event for World AIDS Day below: