The AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO) is a unique resource for Ontario’s AIDS-serving agencies looking explicitly at loss and transition as a means to build individual and team capacity within their organizational setting.

Since 1994, ABRPO has collaborated with organizations to build worker, agency and community resiliency in the face of AIDS-related multiple loss and transition. ABRPO supports AIDS-serving organizations in developing tools for multi-level responses to the stressors arising from the evolving nature of HIV work, particularly complex losses.

In addition to the pre-existing legacy of multiple death-related losses, agency personnel are responding to HIV as a chronic illness increasingly associated with a degree of predictability and also uncertainty as people live longer with HIV. Staff and boards are also called on to effectively manage the losses inherent in change and transition as they incorporate agency shifts in strategic directions, funding challenges, etc.

ABRPO works with groups to design workshops, train paid and unpaid workers and assist management in assessing and enhancing individual, agency and community resiliency. The work of ABRPO facilitates:

  • workers to maintain high levels of quality in human service;
  • organizations to maintain efficacy in the face of significant loss and transition;
  • communities to respond effectively to the diverse populations requiring support;
  • agencies and community members with the practical implementation of GIPA/MIPA as part of a people living with HIV/AIDS resiliency framework.

  To access ABRPO services, contact the ABRPO Director at 416-205-9888 ext 224.