Created in tribute to June Callwood, The Casey Awards annually celebrate individuals and organizations across Canada that demonstrate leadership in the fields of HIV/AIDS and social justice.
L-R: Art Zoccole, Brian Shackleton
This year, the recipient of The Casey Award 2016 is Art Zoccole, a devoted HIV/AIDS advocate and leader within Canada’s Aboriginal community.
The award was presented at the Casey House & Casey House Foundation annual meeting, June 22 at The 519.
Click here to read the tribute to Art Zoccole by Brian Shackleton, chair of the Casey Award committee.
This year, the recipient of The Casey Award is Ron Rosenes, a long-time HIV/AIDS activist who has devoted significant time, wisdom and energy into advancing the Canadian and global response to HIV/AIDS since the early 1990’s.
The award was presented at the Casey House Annual Meeting on June 9 at The 519 Community Centre.
Click here >> to read the tribute to Ron Rosenes by Brian Shackleton, Chair of The Casey Award Committee.
Rick Mercer and Gerald Lunz
Notes on the recipients
From the speech delivered by Robert Forsey, Chair, The Casey Awards 2014:
“Rick Mercer, Canada’s foremost political satirist, is one of our social justice champions, who has proudly shone a light on Casey House and the cause of HIV/AIDS. He is also a champion of many other issues such as fighting against malaria in developing nations, fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community through his work with PFLAG, and ensuring that people in isolated communities get access to health care through transportation with the charity Hope Air.
But I think many of us will recognize that behind many a good man is a good man. And that’s where Gerald comes in. Rick may be the public face of this political satire and social justice empire – but as co-creator and Executive Producer of The Rick Mercer Report, Gerald Lunz is very much responsible for creating the platform from which Rick makes magic happen. So as a committee we are delighted to honour both of them for their extraordinary support.
On behalf of the Committee, I would like to extend warmest congratulations. The values and actions that you demonstrate in your work, shining a light on the wonderful – and sometimes, not so wonderful – aspects of Canada and our global society are an inspiration to all of us.”
About the recipients:
John Plater was a tireless champion for human rights, even at great personal cost. A hemophiliac, Plater learned to thrive with the disorder and from an early age became a spokesperson. Infected with HIV and hepatitis C in through blood products in the early 1980s, Plater worked to ensure the safety of the blood system. Even before becoming a lawyer he helped to lead the call for the Krever inquiry and to obtain compensation for people who had been infected by blood and blood products. He was a champion for access to emerging HIV treatments and later worked to advocate for access to organ transplants for people who are HIV positive, as well as decriminalization of HIV. Plater held volunteer leadership roles at Hemophilia Ontario and the Canadian Hemophilia Society, the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, the Ontario Hepatitis C Task Force, and the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Federal Initiative on HIV/AIDS. He chaired the HIV/AIDS Community Advisory Panel of St. Michael’s for several years and was a board member of the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario. He worked with Canadian Blood Services on countless initiatives and was a member of their National Liaison Committee. Active in his local church, he looked after sheep, horses and chickens on a small hobby farm in the Beaver Valley with his wife Karen and mother Margaret. John Plater died in 2012 from complications caused by HIV and hepatitis C.
Established by Dr. Peter Jepson-Young just prior to his death in 1992, The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation operates the Dr. Peter Centre, a place of dignity and inclusion that helps to engage people in their HIV treatment by eliminating barriers that they may face in traditional health care settings. The Centre specializes in providing interdisciplinary health care to Vancouver’s most vulnerable people who are HIV-positive who are often challenged with addiction, homelessness, malnutrition, poverty and mental illness. Their integrated services include advanced nursing care, counselling, art and music therapy, recreation, and nutritious meals, offered via three core programs: Day Health, Specialized Nursing Care Residence, and Enhanced Supportive Housing. The inspirational work of the Dr. Peter Foundation is helping to lead the advancement of HIV/AIDS care throughout the world.
When Moncton, New Brunswick native Michael Wartman made the brave decision to publicly declare his HIV status in order to lessen stigma and discrimination in his home community, his family rallied in support of his efforts. Michael passed away in 2000, and his family continues their activism in his memory. This award recognizes the Wartman family’s pioneering leadership in proudly advocating for the rights and dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS; and their ongoing compassionate service in supporting the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, and their loved ones. Watch Video Tribute
The founding director of the HIV Psychiatry program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Mark Halman has for 20 years been training and inspiring educators, physicians and health care and AIDS service workers in the fields of HIV/AIDS and mental health. His innovative approach to education provides excellent training experiences for students while ensuring that patients are cared for with dignity and in an environment that affirms diversity. This award recognizes Dr. Halman’s passion, innovation. dedication and collaborative leadership—locally, nationally and internationally—in advancing the fields of HIV/AIDS and mental health. Watch Video Tribute
Formed in 1999, the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) arose in response to deep need experienced by vulnerable newcomer people living with HIV/AIDS who face significant barriers in accessing HIV treatment and services. Since that time CAAT has played a pivotal role in connecting services and educating other service organizations in the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. CAAT is being recognized for its leadership and capacity-building in promoting the health, well-being and meaningful empowerment of newcomer people living with HIV/AIDS who face barriers to treatment and services. Watch Video Tribute
Other Past Recipients, The Casey Awards:
(Click on name for video tributes)
Frank Angelo & Frank Toskan