The Education Department has been working in partnership with agencies and surrounding northern communities with an objective to deliver effective education and awareness activities regarding HIV/AIDS/HCV and related issues.
Goals of the Education Department
Positive Living North recognizes that HIV/AIDS/HCV touch all of humanity and can affect anyone. Thus the goals of the Educational Department are to:
- Identify the educational needs of individuals and groups and facilitate their learning.
- Increase public awareness and learning regarding the social issues that impact the HIV/HCV epidemics.
- Our Educators are from diverse backgrounds.
- They have many years'experience facilitating educational events and working in the health care and social service fields.
- They live in the north and understand the issues people face in northern BC.
- We have three Positive Living North communities that provide educational services. Choose the one nearest you!
- PLN - Prince George: Covering Prince George and area, Quesnel, McBride, Valemount, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, and surrounding communities.
Located at #1 – 1563 2nd Avenue. Contact: Phone 250-562-1172 or toll free 1-888-438-2437 or by email.
- PLN – Bulkley Valley (Smithers BC): Covering the Hazeltons, Smithers, Houston, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Burns Lake, and surrounding communities.
Located at 3862 F Broadway Street. Contact: Phone 250-877-0042 or toll Free 1-866-877-0042 or by email.
- PLN – Dawson Creek: Covering Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, and surrounding communities.
Located in the Nawican Friendship Centre 1320- 102nd Avenue. Contact: Phone 250-782-5202 or by email.
Education Department Activities
- Community education programs concerning HIV/AIDS/HCV and related issues
- Condom & pamphlet distribution
- Information tables
- Four-module workshop series (see below)
- Resource library available to the public
- Presentations & resources by members from the Frontline Warriors: Positive Prevention project (see below)
- We will design education presentations or workshops to fit your group
- We can make the education shorter or longer to fit your needs
- We present to all ages and levels
- We can provide an education and awareness booth at your event
- When able, we can travel to your community
If you are interested in accessing any of the services provided by PLN's Education Department, please contact us.
- Learn the basics of keeping yourself safe
- Learn how having a healthy relationship will reduce HIV
- Learn the differences between gender and sex, explore LGBTQQ terms, and celebrate diversity
STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
- Learn about STIs how to stay safe
Historical Trauma and the Impacts on HIV Prevalence
- Learn how trauma impacts us and how trauma can increase the risk for HIV transmission
Reducing Barriers by Building Partnerships: a Four-Module Workshop Training Series
"Reducing Barriers by Building Partnerships" was originally designed for healthcare and social service workers, but frontline workers find it beneficial and relevant. The program consists of four modules, offered over a two-day training period. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of all of the following modules:
- HIV/AIDS/HCV 101
- Gender Identity
- Service Providers and HIV
- Historical Trauma and the Impacts on HIV Prevalence
These training sessions are offered twice a year. For more information, please contact PLN's Education Department.
Frontline Warriors: Positive Prevention Project
The Front Line Warriors are a group of individuals who are living with HIV. They provide presentations and share their stories to help prevent the spread of HIV. This perspective is valuable as it puts a face to HIV and a heart to facts and figures. Their powerful stories inspire us all.
If you are interested in having the Frontline Warriors present to your organization or event, please contact PLN's Positive Prevention Coordinator at 250.562.1172.
Outreach HIV/AIDS Educator - Dawson Creek
Positive Living North - Dawson Creek (PLN Dawson Creek) offers an Outreach HIV/AIDS Educator who provides prevention education and awareness services in the northeast region of British Columbia. PLN Dawson Creek’s office is located in the Nawican Friendship Center.
HIV/AIDS & HCV touch all of humanity and can affect anyone, yet they remain a taboo topic in our Northeastern BC community. Many people are uncomfortable talking about sex, drugs, and other high-risk activities. Those who do engage in these activities sense this stigma, and avoid dialogue for fear of discrimination. Stigma and discrimination is one of the reasons why HIV & HCV are still spreading. The goal of this work is to remove this stigma in our community so that HIV/AIDS & HCV related issues can be discussed openly and honestly without fear. Dialogue leads to awareness; awareness is prevention; and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to contact the Outreach HIV/AIDS Educator by email, by phone at 250.782.5202, or stop by the Nawican Friendship Center located at 1320 102nd Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.