In the past couple of years, Fife House has been intentional in increasing its efforts to attract and engage clients, residents and other people living with HIV/AIDS – also known as ‘peers’ in volunteer roles. Today we have approximately 60 peers who are actively contributing to the volunteer team and utilizing their lived experience with HIV/AIDS in many of their volunteer roles.
Our Peer Engagement Team meets on a regular basis, creating a space for our peers to come together and discuss topics that are relevant to them and to provide support to our peer team.
In 2017, Fife House joined forces with five organizations across the province: Toronto People with AIDS Foundations (PWA) and AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO) from Toronto, AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) from Windsor, Reseau Access Network from Sudbury, and Elevate NOW from Thunder Bay. An application was submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada and was successfully funded for a 5-year project to enhance the health and wellbeing of people living with and at risk of HIV and/or Hepatitis C by engaging them in skills development and capacity building opportunities within their respective agencies.
If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS and are not a volunteer yet, but would like to apply to become a peer volunteer at Fife House, please go to our Become a Volunteer page for more information and to access our online application form.
If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS and have any questions about volunteering at Fife House, click here to contact Craig Boucher, our Peer Engagement Worker.