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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Our Summer 2016 e-Newsletter is now available online for updates about The Teresa Group and our work and opportunities to support us.

This issue includes our Annual Report 2015-16, reports on the Children and HIV:Equity Now! symposium and international AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.


If you need immediate assistance and referral, please call the AIDS & Sexual Health Infoline at:
Toronto: 416-392-2437

Or visit the ConnexOntario website for 24/7 access to health services information

For HIV education and treatment related content, please visit the CATIE website

Annual Report

The Teresa Group is proud to release our 2015-16 annual report   and audited financial statements for your review. Please also review our new Strategic Plan which runs from January 2016 to December 2018.

A Tribute to Marisol Desbiens

The Board and Staff of The Teresa Group are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our Board Member and community activist, Marisol Desbiens. Marisol had a long relationship with The Teresa Group and took up a Board position in June 2015, serving on the Strategic Planning and Governance Committees. Marisol was involved in many community organisations and research projects – always generously giving her time, expertise and wisdom.

On December 1st 2015, World AIDS Day, Marisol participated in a radio interview for CBC’s Ontario Today, bravely recounting her personal story of living with HIV and disclosing her status to her children. Her fearlessness, bravery and her loving devotion to her daughters were an inspiration to all of us. Her smile and warmth will be missed. Rest in Peace, dear Marisol.

Strategic Plan
(Adobe PDF File)


Chrissie Cameron-Boshart Memorial Dinner

The 15th Chrissie Cameron-Boshart Memorial Dinner will take place on Thursday October 13th 2016 at the Eagle's Nest Golf Club, Maple, Ontario.
Join us for exciting live and silent auctions as well as a featured sports celebrity.
To purchase tickets, please contact Ron McGee ronmc@teresagroup.ca or call 416-596-7703


Children and HIV: Equity Now! reaching all children in the epidemic


The symposium entitled Children and HIV: Equity Now! - Reaching all children in the epidemic hosted by The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS and The Teresa Group took place in Durban, South Africa on Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th 2016, preceding the AIDS 2016 21st International AIDS Conference.

Over 360 people from 30 countries registered for the two exciting days. Service providers, donors, researchers, advocates and policy leaders debated and explored emerging evidence and promising programs, and identified the issues and the children who most need our support.

For more information and to find the final program and PowerPoint speaker presentations, please go to the symposium website.

The Teresa Group Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program


May 31st 2016 – The Teresa Group today announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 175 organizations dedicated to operational excellence.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to accountability, transparency and good governance” says Board President, Marcel Watier.

“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector. These organizations take accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”

Investment in Donor Trust

The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. Trust is the foundation for what matters to us, our stakeholders and those who support us. Accredited organizations invest in what matters: trust.

Transparent, peer-review process

Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program.

“As a small organization, rooted in the community, we recognize how important it is to be accountable not only to our donors but also to the children and families we work with and the partners who share our vision and mission” says Executive Director, Nicci Stein.