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Annual General Meeting 2020 | Black CAP
Oct 21, 2020

Executive Director’s Message 

It has been over a year since I have taken on the role of the Executive Director of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and I am deeply humbled. During this time, not only has the organization gone through changes, but the world too, and this has resulted in restructuring how we serve and support our community.


As the world continues the roller coaster due to COVID-19, Black CAP continues to serve communities through adapting our services by providing virtual client support and relief for families in need through creation of the AYA project. My goal is to continue to move this work forward, leading bold actions, strategic partnerships, and authentic community engagements that has been the backbone and the hallmark of Black CAP's impact in Toronto's Black community. This is also the year where anti-black racism is being addressed on a global scale resulting in more funding opportunities and donor support. Over the past few months, we had two townhall conversations addressing the intersecting issues faced by Black LGBTQI+ folks. We have also managed to create more meaningful partnerships with community organizations such as Black Gay Men's Network (BGMN), Ontario HIV Treatment Network, United Way, among others. Over the next upcoming years, we will be working towards building collaborations with clients, volunteers, community members and stakeholders to address the isolating realities of COVID-19 and racism. It is important that we build a strong organization with expanded support and services to the ACB community.


For three decades, Black CAP has stood tirelessly at the forefront of initiatives and services to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in the ACB community in Toronto. This is a significant milestone and achievement for the community to celebrate and be proud of. Although many lives have been lost to HIV and AIDS, we stand here as a community because of our shared resilience. As we look ahead, it will be important for us to not be complacent because of what we have already achieved, but be more open to new possibilities and opportunities. Now more than ever, HIV has changed. More people are getting tested, people are living much longer and healthier with access to Anti-Retroviral (ARV) Therapy as well as the science of the undetectable showing us that Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U). We have an interesting future ahead and together we can and will make a change.


Being an organization driven by our motto 'because All Black People's Lives Are Important', our success and growth would not be possible without our wonderful team of volunteers, staff and community members. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to this wonderful team for the wonderful job that they do to ensure that our mission is accomplished. I would also like to appreciate the board of directors, donors, families and friends for their support in every way. With continued support, we will be able to achieve greatness in 2020-2021. Together we can do this.  

 

Gareth Henry

Executive Director, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention