Overdose Prevention Training

Due to an increase of accidental overdose deaths (largely due to Fentanyl being sold to and used by unknowing buyers) in our province and country, HIVWY (along with other HIV organizations in the province) has partnered with Alberta Health Services to educate, train and empower clients, drug users and service providers to take a stand against accidental overdose deaths.

Drug use in our province has become more risky, as the drugs have become more potent, less expensive and easier to buy or manufacture. As the rate of drug use increases, so does the risk of an accidental overdose which can result in death. HIVWY is committed to the health and safety of all of the communities in our region. We believe that training individuals how to recognize, assess and treat an overdose is a key part in providing quality care, support and education to the individuals we serve, as well as the community as a whole.

August 31st, 2015 marks International Overdose Awareness Day. HIVWY will be hosting a training session on Overdose Prevention as well as talking about the Naloxone program that is being rolled out across the province. Come join us at the Marlboro Community hall on August 31 from 2-4pm to talk about this program, complete the training and learn how you can save a life.

All participants will be provided with snacks and beverages as well as a certificate for taking the Naloxone and Overdose Prevention training.

To register for this FREE training program click here.

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Other Overdose Prevention Training Dates

WHITECOURT, AB – Wednesday, September 16 – Carlan Community Resource Centre – 2-4pm
HINTON, AB – Wednesday, September 23 – Dr. Duncan Murray Rec Centre – 2-4pm
JASPER, AB – Wednesday. September 30 – Community Outreach Services – 2-4pm

We are happy to arrange an alternative training session for a private group as well. Please fill out the form on the registration page to book.

Naloxone Training

2015 Annual General Meeting

HIV West Yellowhead would like to invite you to our 2015 Annual AGM. We will be providing wine and cheese and will be appointing our newest Board of Directors. Come out and learn more about what exactly HIV West Yellowhead does in your communities, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and complete your overdose prevention training.

If you are interested in sitting on our Board or have a person in mind you would like to nominate please review the following open positions and direct any questions to Karly at director@hivwestyellowhead.com.

Board Chair
Responsibilities include:

  • To preside over the Society and supervise all Board activity
  • To chair all General Meetings and Executive Committee Meetings
  • To ensure the Board follows its own policies and bylaws
  • To serve on the Finance Committee
  • Signing authority for the Society
  • Participate on at least one committee
  • Attend and / or support fundraising and awareness events when possible

Secretary
Responsibilities include:

  • To prepare and keep accurate minutes of all Society meetings, excluding sub-committees
  • To serve on the Executive Committee and vote on all matters before the committee
  • To serve as Chair of the Policy and Bylaw Committee
  • To keep the Seal of the Society
  • Attend and / or support fundraising and awareness events when possible

Treasurer
Responsibilities include:

  • To review and present financial statements of the Society at Executive Committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting
  • To serve on the Executive Committee and vote on all matters before Council
  • Signing authority on Council expenditures
  • To serve as Chair on the Finance & Fund Development Committee and assist Executive Director with the annual financial audit of the Society
  • Attend and / or support fundraising and awareness events when possible

Director
Responsibilities include: 

  • Attend meetings and have one vote
  • Participate on at least one of the Society’s committees
  • Attend and / or support fundraising and awareness events when possible

AGM 2015

World Hepatitis Day a Success

On July 28th, we packed up our BBQ, loads of games, and our entire staff and headed for Marlboro, Alberta. We felt that being in Marlboro for World Hepatitis Day would be a great opportunity to get to know the locals. With many of our efforts focused in Jasper, Hinton, Edson and Whitecourt we wanted to let the Marlboro community know that we are there for them as well. We got to meet around 25 residents and talk to them about Hepatitis, HIV, harm reduction, and our upcoming overdose prevention program. MP Jim Eglinski even came out to show his support and cook up some hot dogs!

Thanks for having us, Marlboro!

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