On April 24, 2016, join us for AccolAIDS as we honour the dedication and achievements of British Columbia’s HIV/AIDS community. We invite you to learn more about the AccolAIDS awards gala below.

Nominations are now closed.

Positive Living BC’s AccolAIDS Awards gala is coming soon. Nominate your hero today!

Nominations deadline: All nomination forms and supplementary materials must be received online, by mail, fax, or courier or in person at the address listed at the bottom of the nomination form on the adjacent panel.

Incomplete nominations may not be considered. Use the nominations checklist to ensure you do not forget anything.

AccolAIDS Awards 2016 Categories:


Recognizes achievements in the areas of research, technology, traditional or complementary treatments and/or the application of such advances in clinical practice that have improved the lives or circumstances of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Kevin Brown Positive Hero Award | Positive Living BC

positive-living-bc-logoThis award has been established in memory of one of Positive Living BC’s founding members and the first Chair of the Board of Directors. It is presented to an individual living with HIV/AIDS who is regarded with great admiration and respect for his/her contributions to the AIDS movement.


Recognizes a voluntary charitable initiative, individual, group, institution or business that is motivated by a commitment to human welfare and contributes time, resources and/or financial support to advance a specific cause.

Innovative Policy, Programs and Services | Providence Health Care

phc-providence-logo-2Acknowledges HIV/AIDS-specific or related policy, programs or services which demonstrate a unique, progressive, empowering and/or creative approach to individual or community health promotion and assisting people affected by HIV/AIDS. From policy to service delivery, innovation in access to and levels of service, harm reduction approaches and/or quality of service or programs contribute to their overall success and reflect an understanding of the current and changing nature of the HIV epidemic.

Social/Political/Community Action | HEU

HEU-logoPresented to the individual, organization, group, institution or business that undertakes an initiative that has resulted in a change of public policy or process to the benefit of individuals and/or communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

Youth Leader Award

Celebrates the participation and leadership of youth in furthering education, philanthropy, activism, service, and/or community development initiatives related to HIV/AIDS. Nominee must be age 30 or under.

Panel’s Merit Award | Gilead

Gilead_Sciences_LogoIn addition to the above areas of achievement, the AccolAIDS Nominations Advisory Panel names this award. (In past years, it has been named “Leadership Legacy”,” Above and Beyond” and the “Unsung Heroes” award.) In so doing, Panel members recognize the unique contributions of a candidate from among the list of candidates nominated in one of the other award categories or under this category if the existing Areas of Achievement do not apply.

AccolAIDS “People’s Choice” Community Award | CUPE BC

CUPEBCLOGO-horizontal-smallStarting mid-March 2016, all nominees submitted by February 26th will be posted on our website, giving people everywhere the opportunity to vote for their hero online. Winner will be announced at AccolAIDS.

JesseBrownJesse Brown
Executive Director, YouthCo

Jesse Brown is the executive director at YouthCO HIV & Hep C society, a youth-driven organization with the mission to reduce the impact that HIV and Hep C have on young people in BC. He is from Vancouver and has an interest in educational programming and support services that meet the needs of today’s youth. He is currently a student at SFU in the Equity Studies in Education MA program in order to advance his youth advocacy work. Jesse appeared in the documentary Positive Youth, is a co-chair at Pacific AIDS Network, and received the inaugural AccolAIDS Youth Leader Award from Positive Living BC for his work in the community-based HIV movement.


ChrisBuchnerChristopher Buchner
Regional Director, Prevention in Public Health, Office of the Chief Medical

Christopher Buchner currently holds the position of Regional Director, Prevention at Vancouver Coastal Health.  He is responsible for public health operations, systems planning, and quality improvement in the areas of perinatal services, chronic disease prevention, and STI/HIV/BBI prevention services. Chris was trained in social work at the University of Victoria and public sector healthcare management at the University of British Columbia.  He brings to his current work perspectives and skills developed in community activism, health advocacy, and the mental health and addictions sector.


PeterPhillipsPeter Phillips, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Head, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
Director of the 10C Urban Health Acute Care Unit, St. Paul’s Hospital

Peter Phillips graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto, followed by an internal medicine residency at the Montreal General Hospital and completed at St. Paul’s Hospital.  Infectious Diseases Fellowship training at the University of Chicago was followed by a mycology research fellowship at the University of Texas, at San Antonio. He is Division Head for Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia and Director of the HIV/AIDS inpatient ward (currently named 10C Urban Health Acute Care Unit) at St. Paul’s Hospital. His clinical research interests include AIDS-related opportunistic infections, invasive fungal diseases, and immune reconstitution syndromes.


GlynTownsonGlyn Townson
Chair of the National Coordinating Committee on HIV and Aging

Glyn Townson is a long time community activist and has been living with HIV since the early 1980s. He is the current chair of the National Coordinating Committee on HIV and Aging; a representative on the National Stigma Steering Committee; and a volunteer on the Vela Microboard Association of BC communications committee. He was previously Co-Chair of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) and chair of the Positive Living Society of BC.


FredWestFred West            
Therapeutic Specialist, Gilead Sciences Canada

Fred West has been a pharmaceutical representative working in the field of HIV for the past 25 years. Fred is currently a Therapeutic Specialist with Gilead Sciences Canada and interacts with a variety of health care providers throughout British Columbia. During his career Fred has observed the many challenges faced by people living with HIV and the evolution of HIV care.