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Keynote Speaker: David Hoe
David Hoe is a trained life coach, a facilitator, public speaker and a long-standing member of the HIV community. He lives with HIV and has undertaken many activities in HIV community-based work, public policy, research and organizational development. David is the current President of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and he believes that to truly live for one’s dreams, is to be daring - it calls you to live fully, bravely and with conscious purpose to be all that you can. Oh, and he’s got some awards, which his Dad called “Gongs”.


The Central Opening Doors conference is an initiative funded by the AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The conference is for people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), caregivers and service providers such as front line staff in AIDS Service Organizations, Addiction Services, Social Work, Mental Health, Settlement, Social Services, and Health Care, as well as, students and volunteers within these fields.

The conference goal is to enhance the counselling process in HIV care in that informational, emotional, spiritual and psychological needs of those working in, or involved with, HIV to better the quality of life of PHAs.

The theme of the 2013 conference is POSITIVE CHANGE from a deadly disease to a manageable chronic condition. The significant progress in treatment has improved the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS allowing them to live longer and healthier lives. In fact, doctors speculate that many people with HIV might live out their natural lifespan. Furthermore, improve treatment and care to those living with HIV has substantially reduced the risk of transmission, including vertical transmission (mother-to-child) to less than 1 percent. This year the conference will dive into the many ways the lives of people living with HIV have positively changed.

Hilton Garden Inn, 3201 Highway 7, Vaughan, Ontario