December 01, 2009 10:00 ET

Canadian AIDS Society Features Dave Brindle as Guest Speaker at 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Gala

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) will be holding its 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Gala, the premier World AIDS Day event in Canada. The evening celebrates contributions of corporate leaders, individuals and communities to the HIV/AIDS movement in Canada, while serving as a fundraiser in support of CAS' work on behalf of community-based AIDS service organizations across the country. It is an occasion that unites all groups active in the multi-pronged response to HIV in Canada, whether they represent private industry, government or the community-based HIV movement.

"With Dave Brindle as our guest speaker, our 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Gala is promising to be an exciting evening. As a highly visible individual living with HIV/AIDS, Dave will be able to share his experiences with event participants and shed more light on this often invisible disease," says Monique Doolittle-Romas, CAS Executive Director. "In fact, the Gala itself is our way of shining the spotlight on the importance of supporting people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as on the many Canadians working in solidarity with them."

A respected Canadian broadcast journalist and native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Dave was a network news anchor and host for CBC Television and Newsworld in the 1980s. Notably, he was Canada's first television personality to publicly acknowledge that he was HIV positive. He most recently hosted his own radio show on Talk 1410 (CHUM Radio Vancouver) - the Dave Brindle Show. Unconstrained, Dave champions open democracy, environmentalism, civil liberties, human rights, and social activism.

This second World AIDS Day Gala is sponsored by Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, Corby Distilleries, Delta Hotels and Suites and ViiV Healthcare.

The program for the evening will include cocktails, dinner, a live and silent auction, as well as the presentation of the CAS Corporate Leadership Award, which has been presented since 1997 to celebrate the national contribution made each year by one outstanding company in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year, the award recipient is REO Law (Roy Elliott O'Connor LLP), a long-standing supporter of CAS that has provided legal counsel and advice during the Krever Inquiry. An organization that is truly a champion of human rights, the firm is best known for its role in securing same sex benefits through the Hislop v. Canada case, the first class action to be upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada, which also resulted in the largest class action trial judgment, in excess of $50 million

Leadership in the HIV movement is all about taking a deep look at the reality of HIV/AIDS in Canada and in helping other Canadians to see clearly that HIV is part of our world, but that it needn't be.

Canadian AIDS Society

The Canadian AIDS Society is a national coalition of over 120 community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada. Dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, we also work to enrich the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. We accomplish this by advocating on behalf of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, facilitating the development of programs, services and resources for our member groups, and providing a national framework for community-based participation in Canada's response to AIDS.

Contact Information

  • Canadian AIDS Society
    Tricia Diduch
    Communications Consultant
    613-230-3580 ext. 130
    Cel: 613.277.3580