Health Promotion Newsletter Issue No. 29

16 Jun


June 16, 2016.

Dear All,

I don’t believe the summer is  already here and I hope everyone get a chance to enjoy  the weather, perhaps some of you already visited the beaches or engaged yourself into more outdoor activities.

A few things I like to keep you informed:

  • In May we had a presentation on “Skin Condition” presented by Dr. Anthony Chen through Health Promotion.  The response is astounding with over 28 attendees.  If you miss the presentation and wish to still obtain a copy of the presentation, please contact your support worker.
  • ON May 27, 2016. We hosted our second O.P.A. (Ontario Positive Asian) social gathering.  This project is collaborating with ACAS and ASAAP.  It was a success and guests had a lot of time to network and socialize.  It is also an opportunity to bring the community together and support each other.    If you need more information on O.P.A., please contact Mr. Christian Hui, community engagement worker at ACAS at
  • This year is the very first time to celebrate Toronto Pride for the whole Month of June.  I encourage to check out some of the activities and performances during Pride.  Example: a few good theatre plays at Buddies at bedtime.
  • June 25, 2016 (Saturday) is our 5th annual Pre Pride Pink party, please mark it down on your calendar and come join us for some grilled delicious food and a time to mingle with your peers.
  • In May we have a CelebAsian fund raising banquet at Dim Sum King restaurant.  Over 300 guests attended our event.  At the same time we also had our sponsorship award for Health Promotion program.  I would like to share three of the speeches:   Oxford College (previously named Trillium College), Barbara Adach (Acupuncturist practitioner), and Karen Chow from Gilead Science.

Quote from Oxford College:

As massage therapists, we are drawn to this profession for the holistic approach to healthcare. Massage therapy addresses not only the physical aspect but also the mental and emotional health of clients.  It is not always easy to achieve that balance.

I know I speak for all of our student therapists, past and present, who have had the privilege of treating ACAS clients when I say thank you for making it so easy to meet those goals!

We value your patience and understanding, especially for our newer therapists. We value the education and awareness we gain from your organization and above all, we truly value the strong community partnership we have developed with ACAS.

We are truly honoured and on behalf of our student therapists, the Massage Therapy faculty and the whole of Oxford College, thank you so much for your continued support.

We look forward to fostering this partnership for years to come! Thank you!

Quote from Barbara:

Thank you very much for honouring me and my acupuncture colleagues, Connie and Gilbert.  It is a real privilege to provide acupuncture services to ACAS clients.

I am grateful to the many people at ACAS who make the volunteer acupuncture program work, especially Kenneth, Andrew, Jenny, Trisha, and of course Noulmook.  I also appreciate the contributions of Connie and Gilbert.

Thank you once again for your kindness in supporting me as a volunteer at ACAS.  It is truly an inspiration and a pleasure to work with the clients and staff at ACAS.

Quote form Gilead Science Canada Inc.:

Gilead Sciences Canada is privileged to have been recognized with the 2016 ACAS Corporate Award.

As a biopharmaceutical company which discovers, develops and brings innovative therapies to areas of unmet medical need, and especially with a long legacy in HIV/AIDS healthcare, we are especially honored to be recognized by your organization.

We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations on the 16th anniversary celebration of the Queer Asian Youth initiative. This initiative, and all the work being done by ACAS, to provide HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services is so important to reducing the infection of HIV/AIDS in our youth population.

Congratulations to all those who are being honored this evening, and to all those who dedicate their time and passion to making a different for our youth.

As a Health Promotion worker and the support team I truly feel honored ACAS plays an important role in their practice and thank you to all clients who access the services to be so polite and respectful to our sponsors which makes my job much easier to fulfill.

Best Regards,

Kenneth Poon – Health Promotion Worker

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