Canadian AIDS Society Announces the 2008 Leadership Awards Recipients

    OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - At the Opening Dinner of its Annual
General Meeting today, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) proudly announced the
winners of CAS' 2008 Leadership Awards.
    Since 1997, CAS has been recognizing leadership excellence with the
presentation of a Leadership Award to both an individual and a corporation.
Criteria for award eligibility include involvement in the HIV/AIDS movement
over a prolonged period of time, as well as a significant contribution to
community involvement in HIV/AIDS. Nominations for the award are submitted by
member organizations and national partners and then approved and selected by
the CAS Board of Directors.

    Individual Category

    This year, CAS selected Michael Phair as its 2008 Leadership Award
recipient in the Individual Category for his pioneering spirit and ongoing
dedication to the HIV/AIDS movement in Canada. Michael Phair was the first
Chair of the Canadian AIDS Society, running CAS out of the AIDS Network of
Edmonton's office, back in 1986. With the assistance of volunteers and Health
Canada, he helped draft the first constitution of the Canadian AIDS Society.
Before his activism reaching the national level, however, Michael had been
instrumental in the community-based AIDS movement in Edmonton and Alberta.
When Edmonton's first case of AIDS was reported it was to him that the media
first turned, given his high profile work in the GLBTT community. Later he
helped establish the AIDS Network of Edmonton (now HIV Edmonton) and
throughout his career, he supported, and still supports, many other HIV
organizations in the city of Edmonton.

    Corporate Category

    The 2008 award recipient in the Corporate Category is Pfizer Canada Inc.
Pfizer was presented the award for its outstanding leadership in HIV/AIDS at
the community, national and international levels. At the national and
community level, Pfizer Canada has supported many organizations, including CAS
and its membership, including about 16 community-based AIDS service
organizations. It has been a key sponsor of events, such as the AGMs of many
national AIDS organizations and the AIDS Walk for Life, for a number of years.
    As a global leader, Pfizer has provided significant funding to many
initiatives, including prevention and treatment programs within the world's
regions hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. Accepting the award on behalf of Pfizer
Canada Inc. is Anne Brisson, Manager, Non-Profit Health Organizations.
    CAS congratulates both award recipients and thanks all who submitted
nominations for the awards.

    Canadian AIDS Society

    The Canadian AIDS Society is a national coalition of over
125 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.

For further information:

For further information: Tricia Diduch, Communications Consultant,
Canadian AIDS Society, (613) 230-3580 ext. 130, Fax: (613) 563-4998,;

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