– AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area - To assist and support all persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C and to limit the spread of the viruses through eduction, awareness and outreach strategies.

Event Watch

March 8th – International Women's Day

February 20th, 2013 at 11:53 am

For International Women’s day there are two great events  being hosted by NEWHA (North East Women’s Health Alliance) which I am proud to chair.

1. Join me on the Bridge is the biggest women’s rights campaign in the world today.  What started as a gathering of Rwandan and Congolese women on a bridge connecting their two countries, showing that women can build bridges of peace and hope for the future, has sparked what is today a massive global movement.

Join us for North Bay’s first annual Join me on the Bridge event, on the West Ferris Overpass.  A peaceful public gathering. We are with you, standing in unity to show that women can build bridges of peace.

Event takes place Friday, March 8th at noon on the West Ferris Overpass

2. At 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 8th Dr. Gretchen Roedde will be speaking at St. Andrews United Church

Dr. Gretchen Roedde has worked in 30 poor countries around the world, in Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and the Caribbean.  She trained at the University of Toronto and McMaster University Medical School. She teaches at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and formerly at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England.

Her specialty is the health of pregnant women. Women who are physically or emotionally abused are more likely to have no care in pregnancy and childbirth and are more likely to die when they are pregnant or have given birth. Her work in the poorest countries of the world, where the deaths of women are the highest, has been supported by various governments such as Canada, Australia, Luxemburg, Denmark, and the Irish government, as well as the United Nations and the World Bank. Dr. Roedde has also worked with Non-Governmental Organizations such as World Vision, Rotary, and Planned Parenthood. She is a practising Roman Catholic and the mother of 2 grown children.

Her book, ‘A Doctor’s Quest’ was No. 6 on the Canadian non-fiction best seller list in the Globe and Mail one week before it was published Sept. 8 2012, and went into a second print after 1 week. It has been profiled in the Toronto Star in October and was the subject of an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen in December. All of the author’s proceeds are going back into mother and child health and to combat HIV/AIDS. Join us as we celebrate with her, bridges of peace and hope created by women she has encountered.

Event takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 8th at St. Andrews United Church


Women are building bridges of peace, equality and hope for our future.

Women are peace builders and it is time to give them an equal say in the type of world they want to see, and the responsibility and authority to make this happen.

Summer Update- World Hepatitis Day and Support Group!

February 20th, 2013 at 11:37 am


It’s creeping up on us again! July 28, 2013 marks World Hepatitis Day, which aims to improve awareness of hepatitis among individuals worldwide and across Canada. AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area will be celebrating World Hepatitis Day on Thursday, July 25 in the downtown square across from CIBC. We will be having a press release at 10:30 am followed by games, cupcakes and much more till 1 pm! We will have lots of information on Hepatitis B and C and on the Hep C Team here in North Bay. We will also be remembering those who have been lost from the virus! Come join us! Don’t forget to put your mark on the canvas to show your support!

Also, I just wanted to give you a “heads up” that support group has been cancelled for the summer and will start back up in September! Please see Kristina or Brandy if you would like to be contacted when it does start up again!

Feel free to call or pop by if you would like more information on hepatitis C, HIV, needle exhange, volunteering etc….

Hope you have a fabulous summer!



WHAI Program

February 18th, 2013 at 11:37 am


My name is Kathleen and I am ACNBA’s WHAI Coordinator.

What is WHAI?

The Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) addresses the increase of HIV/AIDS among women in communities across the province. There are 17 WHAI Coordinators in the province all working to;

  • Reduce HIV transmission among women
  • Enhance local community capacity to address issues surrounding women and HIV/AIDS
  • Build safe and healthy environments to support women and their HIV/AIDS-related needs

I will be keeping you update on the work of the WHAI program as well as, issues and topics of interest.

Any questions please email me at

“Far from the Heart”

February 15th, 2013 at 10:37 am

As Chair of the Education Sub-Committee of the Domestic Violence Community Coordinating Committee I am proud to share with you our initiative aimed at healthy relationships and youth this year, “Far from the Heart” .

“Far from the Heart” is a forum theatre production brought to the community by the theatre group Sheatre.  Sheatre has been touring this production for 7 years and has visited many schools, communities and groups.  “Far from the Heart” is a dating violence prevention program which engages and educates youth on healthy relationships including, rape and sexual assault.  “Far from the Heart” is touring Almaguin Highlands, St. Joseph Scollard Hall, Silver Birches, West Ferris Secondary, and the SOS program last week and this week.

Having had the opportunity to watch Sheatre in action last week I found the production very powerful, informative, and provoking. After the play  has run it course students are invited (via the “joker”) to interact in select scenes from the play to try and change the outcome and promote healthier choices.  The interactions of the students were very interesting, at times comical, and other times inspiring as they tried to navigate through the tough situations.  After the interactive piece students are broken out into small groups to discuss what it is they have scene and heard.  These group sessions are lead by community partners from various agencies who have experience with these types of issues.

I encourage you to check out the “Far from the Heart” website to learn more information. Be sure to check out their interactive video.


Hep C Team

February 13th, 2013 at 9:01 am


The Hep C Team is funded by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care to provide Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) care and treatment services that will help curb the spread of HCV by ensuring that people are diagnosed and treated for HCV. Studies have shown individuals followed by a team are 90 % more successful at completing HCV treatment.

We currently have 2 treating HCV physicians in North Bay Dr. Scott Shulman and Dr. Stéphane Gauthier.

Here is a rundown of our team and what we do!

  • Community Coordinator: Kristina Rancourt
    • Establishes and leads a Hepatitis C network within the local community , bridging and addressing gaps within the health, social services, and legal sectors to enhance community collaboration and coordination of services that affect people living with/at risk of acquiring HCV.
    • Provides case management and practical support assistance such as food vouchers, hygiene kits, vitamins, meal supplements, transit passes, and holiday hampers to individuals on HCV treatment.
    • Organizes HCV referrals and initial intake process.
  • Outreach Worker: Brandy deGaia
    • Delivers education and training sessions.
    • Provides support services to individuals, such as going to appointments with clients and helping people on the computer.
    • Organizes & runs different outreach programs such as street outreach and peer support programs.
  • Psycho-Social Support Services Coordinator (Counsellor): Tina Mooney
    • Provides holistic counselling, assessments, consultation, and education for clients and/or  families, as well as education services for staff and/or volunteers.
    • Helps individuals with referrals, advocacy, housing issues, etc…
    • Provides substance use counselling as well as referrals/assessments for Methadone Maintenance Program, Substance Use Treatment, and Opiate Replacement Therapy.
  • Treatment Nurses: Keri McGuire-Trahan & Kelsey Secord
    • Provides individuals with education on Hepatitis C and their health.
    • Prepares the client prior to treatment.
    • Supports the client managing the side effects during treatment.
    • Provides follow-up to address side effects and medications after treatment.
    • Provides vaccinations and immunizations.

If you have any questions, feel free to email, call 705-497-3560 Ext 213, or come in and see Kristina!

Have a wonderful day!