The Casey Awards to recognize Canadian leadership and activism in HIV/AIDS and social justice

Awards to be presented at Casey House's SnowBall 2013 | CHROMA March 23

TORONTO, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Casey House today announced the recipients of The Casey Awards 2013, an annual award recognizing and honouring Canadian individuals and organizations that have made exemplary contributions and demonstrated leadership in the fields of HIV/AIDS and social justice. The awards will be presented at Casey House's 25th anniversary gala BMO Financial Group presents SnowBall 2013 - CHROMA, March 23 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens.

Announcing The Casey Awards 2013 Recipients:
(Read more about the recipients & awards here)

  • John Plater - A hemophiliac who was co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood products in the 1980s, Plater worked tirelessly as a volunteer leader in advocating for a safer blood system as well as championing access to emerging HIV treatments. He also lent his powerful voice to the fight against stigma and discrimination for all people living with HIV and hepatitis. Plater died in 2012.

  • Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation - Created by Dr. Peter Jepson-Young shortly before his death in 1992, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation raises funds to support innovative health care at Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre, which is British Columbia's only HIV/AIDS day health program and 24-hour nursing care residence. The only program of its kind in Canada, the Dr. Peter Centre is a leader in HIV/AIDS care, particularly for individuals with multiple medical conditions and social barriers.

"We're thrilled to celebrate two true Canadian champions," commented Robert Forsey, Chair of The Casey Awards. "After being infected with HIV and hepatitis C through Canada's blood system, John Plater used his tremendous skills to protect thousands of lives by changing the very system that had hurt him, and advocating against stigma and discrimination. And in Vancouver, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has continued to innovate and lead the world in its response to the challenges of HIV/AIDS, particularly for people who are marginalized."

The Casey Awards 2013 are generously sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

ABOUT THE CASEY AWARDS: Created in memory of journalist and renowned social justice activist June Callwood, a founder of Casey House, The Casey Awards annually recognize Canadian individuals or organizations whose pioneering leadership and activism in the fields of HIV/AIDS and social justice carry on Callwood's passionate life's work.

ABOUT CASEY HOUSE: This year marking its 25th anniversary, Casey House was the first free-standing HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. A specialty hospital with community programming, Casey House provides exemplary treatment, support and palliative care for people living with HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with our communities. www.caseyhouse.com

SOURCE: Casey House Foundation

For further information:

Kathleen Sandusky,
Casey House
416-434-7763 (cell) / ksandusky@caseyhouse.on.ca

Kathryn Sutton,
Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
604-608-1874 / ksutton@drpeter.org