AIDS Vancouver announced on Tuesday (May 7) that for its 30th anniversary, it will launch an extensive video campaign that will provide a retrospective of the past 30 years of the HIV movement in Vancouver.
The videos will feature 38 community leaders. Doctors, nurses, scientists, advocates, families, and more will talk about their experiences and memories to tell the story of the battle against AIDS and HIV in Vancouver, from the onset of the epidemic to where we are now.
Among the participants are Dr. Julio Montaner of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, AIDS Vancouver founding member and former city councillor Gordon Price, and former City of Vancouver Chief Public Health Office Dr. John Blatherwick.
The first video will be released on July 1 at the 30 30 Campaign website. A new video will be released each day for 30 days.
The final video at the end of the month will be shown at a free evening of remembrance and celebration. Presented by AIDS Vancouver and the Commodore Ballroom on July 30, the inaugural Red Ribbon Awards will honour some of AIDS Vancouver's brightest lights.
AIDS Vancouver released a teaser of the video campaign today. It hints at the historical information and the emotional journey that the series will provide.