Passing of Evelyn Farha

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Passing of Evelyn Farha
January 19th 2018
Evelyn FarhaWith profound sadness, we announce the passing of Evelyn Farha (nee Malacket) on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Devoted mother of Nancy (Ali), Carolyn, Linda (Mike), grandmother/tete to Jasmine (Marc), Adam, Alexandra and Matthew, predeceased by her husband Joseph Farha and son, Ronald Farha.

For 25 years, Evelyn Farha served as the Honourary President of the Farha Foundation. She worked tirelessly to carry out the mission of her late son, Foundation founder Ron Farha, by helping Quebecers with HIV/AIDS obtain support and care. Her goal was to see that no other family suffers the same loss as her by educating the community that the disease is preventable.

Evelyn has received numerous accolades for her inspiring efforts. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale. In 2002, the Governor General presented her with the Golden Jubilee Medal. During that same year, she was also recognized by the Canadian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, who presented her with the Cedar & Maple Award in the category of Personality of the Year. In 2000, the Governor General’s office bestowed Evelyn with the Caring Canadian Award.

An active member in the Montreal community, Evelyn has assisted local church board members by leading numerous fundraising activities, and through teaching religious studies. She was also volunteered at the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Oncology Department, assisting patients by offering personal care and support.

The family will receive friends at Urgel Bourgie, 1255 Beaumont Ave, Montreal, QC H3P 0A1 on
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM with viewing from 10:00 AM at The St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 555 Jean Talon St E, Montreal, QC H2R 1T8

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Evelyn’s memory to the Fondation Quebecoise du Sida (FQS), 1 Sherbrooke St E, Montreal, QC H2X 3V8. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded though www.urgelbourgie.com

Evelyn Farha’s profile

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Evelyn Farha’s profile
October 31, 2017

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Evelyn Farha has served as the Honourary President of the Farha Foundation for 23 years. She worked tirelessly to carry out the mission of her late son, the Farha Foundation founder Ron Farha, by helping Quebecers with HIV/AIDS to obtain support and care. Her goal was to see that no other family suffers the same loss as her by educating the community that the disease is preventable.

Evelyn has received numerous accolades for her inspiring efforts. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale. In 2002, the Governor General presented her with the Golden Jubilee Medal. During that same year, she was also recognized by the Canadian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, who presented her with the Cedar & Maple Award in the category of Personality of the Year. In 2000, the Governor General’s office bestowed Evelyn with the Caring Canadian Award.

In merging with the Farha Foundation, the Fqsida takes up the challenge and hopes to achieve the goal set by Evelyn.

 

 

Montréal — The next AIDS-free city

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Montréal — The next AIDS-free city

October 31, 2017

Like other important cities in the world, Montréal made a commitment on the 12th of June last to do its part to help ending the global AIDS epidemic by the year 2030.

Montréal is thus in line with the 2014 Paris Declaration, which stresses the decisive role of cities in attaining UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 Objective by the year 2020: 90% of HIV-positive people will know their status; 90% of people who know their HIV status will receive an antiretroviral treatment; 90% of people under treatment will have an undetectable viral load.

For Montréal’s Mayor Denis Coderre, this is “one more step for Montréal to continue being an inclusive, equitable and prosperous city that acts to improve the quality of life of all its citizens, male and female”.

Municipal elections

Fqsida hopes that the new person who becomes mayor of the city in November will respect this commitment to the 90-90-90 Objective, which is aimed at achieving a society that has greater respect for the rights of all.

 

PARCours: Quebec organizations have gathered against HIV/AIDS

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PARCours: Quebec organizations have gathered against HIV/AIDS

October 31, 2017

On October 1st 2017, several HIV/AIDS organizations got together at Laurier Park for the fundraiser PARCours. A symbolic march and a human chain were made in support of people living with HIV.

Thanks to this fundraiser, participating organizations were able to raise more than $30 000.

You can still donate to PARCours until December at: www.fqsida.org/PARCours2017/FQSIDA.

See all the pictures from the event

Fqsida is happy to welcome three new organizations!

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Fqsida is happy to welcome three new organizations!
October 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Iris Estrie has been actively supporting and developing community action against HIV/AIDS in its region since 1988. The organization’s activities focus on various key populations: male and female sex workers, gay and bisexual men, drug users, young people and transsexual people.

Sidaction Mauricie works in synergy with various resources in Mauricie. Its staff provides, among other things, personalized support and adapted services, in full confidentiality, to people living with HIV/AIDS and their entourage.

Portail VIH/sida du Québec strives to educate the public on AIDS and other STDIs, particularly people living with HIV/AIDS, through multimedia material, lectures or training workshops. It also develops tools (virtual or printed) and activities required to reach out to people living with HIV/AIDS and their entourage.

 

PARCours: Coming together against HIV/AIDS!

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The Fondation québécoise du sida is proud to invite you to PARCours, a solidarity event against HIV/AIDS and in support of people living with HIV.

Help us to raise funds against HIV/AIDS!

Get involve now with PARCours by donating here: www.fqsida.org/PARCours2017/FQSIDA

PARCours – Sunday October 1st – Laurier Park

PARCours will be held Sunday October 1st at Laurier Park. We will get together with enthusiasm and motivation: the Fondation québécoise du sida, participating groups, volunteers, allies, donors… There will be kiosks, music, and we will take the opportunity to form a big human chain symbolizing the red ribbon.

Ready for the challenge?

Join us on October 1st, from 10 am to 2 pm, to form a big solidarity chain and to help us raising funds! For more information, contact us at 514 842-4004 or at info@fqsida.org.

Thanks for your involvement!

Your donation finances the mission of the 19 group members of the Fondation québécoise du sida. Your support is essential to our work!

Mark Wainberg: a big name in the fight against HIV has left us

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Mark Wainberg
a big name in the fight against HIV has left us
May 18, 2017

Mark WainbergThe world-renowned scientist from Montreal, Mark Wainberg, died in April at the age of 71.

Since the early 1980s, he was actively involved in the fight against HIV/Aids and he made it his fight. He not only devoted his scientific and medical career to it, but also became one of the pioneers of the defence of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and of the most affected communities, at a time when the subject was taboo and unpopular.

Dr Wainberg is known in particular for discovering the anti-viral medication, 3TC, in 1989. This was one of the very first effective molecules against HIV. The 3TC helped to change the course of the illness and is still widely used in tri-therapies, thanks to which the infection has become a chronic illness.

Mark Wainberg is also famous for his multiple contributions regarding the virus’ resistance to medicines. With his team, he worked to enhance understanding of the mechanisms and genetic mutations of the virus, and to find ways to counter them.

Dr. Wainberg, who was close to the Quebec anti-AIDS milieu and the Farha Foundation in particular, stated in 2000, during an interview with the McGill Reporter: “It is incumbent upon us all to be AIDS activists”. A fervent militant for access for all to medication, he is one of the people who enabled marginalized populations and poor countries, especially in Africa, to benefit from the results of research on HIV/AIDS.

Source : Radio-Canada
Yanick Villedieu – April 4, 2017

ABC OF HIV : Primary infection

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ABC OF HIVPrimary infection
May 18, 2017

This is the period immediately after the virus enters the body. At this stage, the virus multiplies quickly and transmission risks are highest.

This first phase can come with flu-like symptoms such as fever, throat pain, muscular pain, fatigue, swollen lymph-nodes and skin eruptions.

These symptoms, which disappear after a few weeks, are not present in all infected persons. Sometimes the primary infection stage goes by unnoticed. It is during this period that the immune system produces antibodies to defend itself against the virus.

Source : L’essentiel du VIH/sida, Portail VIH/sida du Québec, Benoît Lemire

Get involved in the Fqsida board of directors

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Get involved in the Fqsida board of directors
May 18, 2017

Fqsida has taken on a new momentum, particularly since Baya Touré joined its management in February and following our recent merger with the Farha Foundation.

Over the next few years, we plan to carry out many activities aimed at increasing our visibility and momentum, so we need a strong, diversified, motivated, and committed board of directors.

This could be the time for you to make a difference! Many opportunities are open to you: Together

˃ Representative of people living with HIV
• for Montreal (1 year)
• for other areas (1 or 2 years)
˃ Representative of Montreal (2 years)
˃ Expert: with a particular expertise or affiliation (funding, events, development, communication etc.)

Interested? We invite you to send us, before the 29th of May 2017, a brief letter of introduction describing your career and your motivation. Address it to Mrs. Mrs. Baya Touré, General Director, at direction@fqsida.org.

The Fondation québécoise du sida is looking for new members for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors!

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The Fondation québécoise du sida is looking for new members for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors!

The Fondation québécoise du sida has been through various changes during the past year, including its merger with Farha Foundation. For the next years, many high-visibility and mobilization projects are projected. In order to do so, we need a strong, diverse, motivated, and involved Board of Directors.

If you are interested to be part of the Board, please send Mrs. Baya Touré, General Director direction@fqsida.org a presentation letter stating your motivation and your profile before May 29, 2017.

Several positions are offered:

Representative – People living with HIV
• From Montreal (1 year)
• Other regions (1 or 2 years)

Representative
• From Montreal (2 years)

Expert
This person has acquired an expertise or a particular affiliation (finance, event planning, development, communication, etc.)