World AIDS Day vigil and flag raising in Windsor honours those lost

Published Dec 04, 2023  •  1 minute read

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Michael Brennan, executive director with Pozitive Pathways, unveils the first patch of a Windsor AIDS memorial quilt during a Worlds Aids Day event at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts in downtown Windsor on Friday, December 1, 2023. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Community members saluted World AIDS Day with ceremonies held in downtown Windsor Friday, honouring people living with HIV, as well as those lost over decades.

The day began with a flag raising at city hall, and was followed by a community reception and vigil at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts in the former Armouries. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens read a proclamation at the flag raising.

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This marked the second year that Pozitive Pathways — a local non-profit that provides education and outreach services for people living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV and Hepatitis C — led a flag raising for World AIDS Day.

During the community vigil, the first patch of the Windsor AIDS Memorial Quilt, which will be added to every year, was unveiled.

Pozitive Pathways also launched a virtual memorial quilt that allows family and friends to remember a loved one who has died due to AIDS or AIDS-related illness. It has space for names and short messages and each memorial is added as a patch on the virtual quilt.

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WE Pride Fest president Wendi Nicholson speaks during a Worlds Aids Day event at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts on Friday. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

‘Let Communities Lead’ is this year’s theme for World AIDS Day.

“In alignment with this ethos, we are fostering community-driven initiatives, amplifying local voices, and empowering individuals to take charge of their health and well-being,” a spokesperson for Pozitive Pathways said in a press release. “Together, we can advance progress towards the end of AIDS.”

Visit the memorial quilt on the Pozitive Pathways website.

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