Media inquiries: contact Lisa McDonald, communications specialist at 416-324-5123 ext. 4006
Our communications specialist will arrange all interviews and photography/filming of Casey House staff, clients and families. Members of the media may not enter the facility and/or client care areas unless authorized and accompanied by the communications specialist or another designated Casey House staff member. Media will be asked to leave the premises if unauthorized or unaccompanied.
Recent media releases and coverage for Casey House
- June 2017: Pinkplaymags Summerplay! Facing the early AIDS epidemic with heart
- June 2017: UrbanToronto.ca A glimpse inside the new- and historic- home for Casey House
- April 2017: Globe and Mail
A big red home to match Casey House’s big red heart
Decay forced staff to retreat from the 1875 Italianate building but they are finally set to move back into their new, permanent home
- February 2017: Casey House reaches $10 million campaign goal to build compassion a new home
- December 2016: Voices of Hope for World AIDS Day December 1
- May 2016: Daily Xtra
Toronto HIV/AIDS Hospital just shy of $10 million goal: New Jarvis St. facility to provide holistic care
A pillar of Toronto’s HIV support community is looking for the public to chip in to help it get past the finish line for funding its new facility. Casey House, Canada’s first stand-alone HIV/AIDS healthcare facility, is $500,000 shy of its $10 million capital campaign, which was launched in 2010.
“We are extremely pleased to be so close to achieving our goal, but Casey House clients deserve more,” writes Jaime Watt, chair of the capital campaign, in a release. “That’s why it is important for us to realize our dream of giving compassion a new home.”
- April 2016 Expanding the heart of HIV AIDS care
- March 2015: Groundbreaking For New Casey House HIV/AIDS Care Centre
- March 2015: Construction Begins on New Home for Casey House!
- March 2015 Toronto Star
Casey House expansion a boon to people living with HIV/AIDS
Todd Kaighin is all smiles — laughs, really — when discussing his 23-year-old HIV diagnosis. “For a guy who was supposed to be dead 18 years ago, I think I’m doing pretty good,” the 53-year-old tells the Star with a deep chuckle, from inside Casey House, a Toronto hospital for people with advanced HIV/AIDS. “I win big on that draw.”
Casey House, which opened its doors in 1988, is currently undergoing a massive expansion that will see it better equipped to treat patients like Kaighin — people who have beat the odds due to advancements in anti-retroviral therapy.
- December 2014: Casey House’s New Home About to Be a Reality!
- November 2014: Voices of Hope for World AIDS Day December 1
- April 2014: Rick Mercer Receives Casey Award at Red Rose Ball
- February 2014: Companies Invited to Bid on Casey House Redevelopment
- March 2013: The Casey Awards To Honour Canadian Leadership and Activism in HIV/AIDS and Social Justice
- March 2013 The Grid.TO
5 Things We Learned About Casey House
Last Friday marked 25 years since Canada’s first freestanding HIV/AIDS hospice, Casey House, opened its doors near Jarvis and Wellesley. An ad-hoc group including activists June Callwood and Margaret McBurney led to its creation in 1988, back when there was essentially no treatment. Improved medication and shifting demographics have changed its focus from primarily palliative to community outreach and what they call “sub-acute care.” Here are a few things we found out at last week’s commemorative luncheon.
- February 2013: Casey House Turns 25: Landmark Anniversary for Pioneer in AIDS and Palliative Care
- November 2012: Voices of Hope Concert for World AIDS Day December 1, 2012
- October 2012: Now Magazine
Class Action: My Job: Registered Nurse, Casey House – Katherine Burress – October 2012
“We provide specialized care to people living with HIV in a community setting. I went to McMaster University and I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and health sciences. I also have a minor in anthropology. I’ve had an interest in HIV for many, many years. I’ve also been to Kenya to do work there. It combines my desire to work with marginalized populations and my awareness that HIV is really the most complex virus on earth. It’s a very challenging medical field. We don’t have a cure yet, so there’s a lot to learn.”
- October 2012: TD Presents Art with Heart for Casey House
- October 2012: CBC Radio One
Metro Morning – October 5, 2012
Casey House Redevelopment News
- February 2012: The Toronto Star
SnowBall 2012 Upped its Design Game for a Good Cause – Derick Chetty, Feb 2012
The gala on Saturday night took place at the swanky furniture showroom Avenue Road and it raised more than $340,000 for Casey House.
- Feb 2012: The Casey Awards to Recognize Canadian Leadership & Activism in HIV/AIDS & Social Justice
- Feb 2012: Design Celebs Tommy Smythe, Suzanne Dimma & Mark Challen to Host Casey House Gala
- December 2011: World AIDS Day – Casey House releases report on growing need for HIV/AIDS care in Toronto
- December 2011: CBC Television News
1 in 120 Torontonians HIV-Positive
Toronto has more HIV and AIDS cases than ever before, with an estimated one in 120 adults in the city now HIV-positive, a new report suggested Monday. In all of Ontario, the number of people living with HIV-AIDS grew by 31 per cent between 2003 and 2008 and that number continues to expand, said the report released by Casey House to mark World AIDS Week.
- November 2011: TVO’s The Agenda
No Need to Look Beyond On World AIDS Day –
On a day meant to bring international awareness of HIV/AIDS, Torontonians learn we need not look any further than our own city. A new report says 1 in 120 adults in Toronto are HIV-positive. “Facing the Future: An Innovative Response to the Urgent HIV/ADIS Crisis in Toronto” was authored by Dr. Kevin Gough, Director of Infectious Diseases at St. Michael’s Hospital and Stephanie Karapita, CEO of Casey House, a specialty hospital for people with HIV/AIDS. I spoke with Karapita yesterday on this new report, what it means for Torontonians and our local capacity to serve people with HIV/AIDS.
- November 2011: Global Television News
2 Torontonians Newly Infected with HIV Every Day – November 2011
A new report on HIV/AIDS in Ontario is bringing to light some troubling statistics for Torontonians. Two Torontonians are newly infected with HIV/AIDS everyday and 1 in 120 adult Torontonians are living with the disease. Casey House, a hospital specializing in HIV/AIDS, released the report to coincide with the beginning of World AIDS Week and to outline new and significant challenges for Ontario’s Health Care system in dealing with HIV/AIDS.
- October 2011: Toronto Life Magazine
Nine Good Reasons to Attend Art with Heart 2011 – One being the chance to own a Mapplethorpe.
- September 2011: TD Presents Art with Heart for Casey House October 18
- September 2011: Casey House rebuilding to meet needs of people living with HIV/AIDS
- September 2011: Hospital News
30 Years of HIV/AIDS: Casey House to revolutionize care in response to evolving epidemic
- June 2011: Announcing a new home for Casey House – it’s time to dream BIG again!
CP24 Coverage of Casey House Announcement at Pride 2011
- June 2011: CTV National News
Aging & HIV
30 years after first AIDS diagnosis, Casey House is working to support long-term survival. Treatment has come far, but we have far to go.
- March 2011: Global Toronto News
Elizabeth Taylor’s Toronto – by Lama Nicolas
Celebrating Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s life, with details about her HIV advocacy and her support of Casey House.
- March 2011: Toronto Star
Frockwatch: A Foot Fetishist’s Delight – by Derick Chetty
Hotel guests at the Four Seasons last Saturday night probably thought there was a chic cobbler convention in town. Groups of people could be seen traipsing through the lobby of the Yorkville hotel on their way to the Regency ballroom on the second floor, decked out in formal evening attire — and sporting shocking-red footwear.
- February 2011: The Toronto Star
When HIV Moves into Nursing Homes – by Susan Pigg
Winner, National Newspaper Award
It was as he writhed in pain on the bathroom floor, his anxious dog curled up in a ball against his back, that the grim reality of growing old with HIV hit Jim Ayerst. “I’ve never been suicidal, but that’s the first time I thought, it’s not worth it. I just want this over. “I considered jumping off my balcony — but I only live on the second floor.” A wry smile creeps across Ayerst’s weary face. He’s just 64 but feels 80.
- January 2011: Live! From Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, It’s SnowBall 2011: There’s SNOW Place Like Home!
- Dec 2010: World AIDS Day Dec 1: National concerts in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver
- September 2010: TD Waterhouse presents Art with Heart for Casey House October 19: Widest Canadian representation to date with powerful environmental themes emerging
- March 2010: National Post
Some like it haute – by Amoryn Engel
It was raining men (and gorgeous ones at that) at the recent Some Like It Haute benefit for Casey House (a.k.a. the SnowBall). The Four Seasons Hotel ballroom never looked so good!
- March 2010: Hospital News
Easing pain and suffering at Casey House
As Canada’s first freestanding HIV/AIDS hospice, now a specialty hospital, Casey House continually refines new approaches to relieving suffering and pain
- November 2009: Metro Newspaper The trouble with plan B: HIV/AIDS drugs aren’t the safety net young people think they are – by Celia Milne Message to young, sexually-active people: Don’t get lax about HIV/AIDS. Although it doesn’t kill as quickly as it used to, it’ll hasten illness and aging.