LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH
Black Women Moving Forward
On May 28, Black CAP recognized fourteen HIV positive Black women for their leadership, courage and service to our community. The women who received awards demonstrated personal leadership through education, volunteering, leadership, commitment, personal growth and mentorship. Recipients were presented with plaques or certificates in front of a room full of family, friends, loved ones and Black CAP team members.
The recipient of the Leadership Award is from Uganda and a social worker by profession. She is an activist for human rights with and has worked with a number of different civil society organizations in Uganda and Canada. Since she was diagnosed she has worked to give HIV/AIDS a human face by using her personal experience. She has been entrusted by fellow women living with HIV to represent them on different governing boards and spearheading HIV/AIDS activities.
She was also able to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS to single parents, LGBTQ groups and institutions of learning. She continues her passion of advocating for the rights of people living with HIV; especially newcomer women in Canada. She also volunteers at organizations like Black CAP, CAAT, WHIWH and PWA.
She deserved this award because of her determination, sense of community service and commitment to help members of the ACB community, especially marginalized groups of people living with HIV, people who use substances, persons at risk, recent LGBTQ immigrants, etc. She is not only a leader, but a great leader who empowers others.