Monthly Archives: May 2015

VBCC, VBYC & Sarabande Summer Sing!

Last Sunday at the Chan Centre at UBC, Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus (VBCC), Vancouver Bach Youth Choir (VBYC), and Sarabande presented Summer Sing! Folk Songs Around the World.

VIDC was privileged to have witnessed amazing (and CUTE!) musicians make music; and we’re proud to have been a part of it!


The VBCC, VBYC, Sarabande, and guest musicians all on stage together for the grand finale!
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VIDC information on the Summer Sing! programme.

VIDC is proud to support the arts! As part of our commitment to holistic care, we believe supporting local organizations and their endeavors is a great way to bring the community together.


You read that right — STRUTTING.

Walking a mile in heels isn’t easy, but living in fear of persecution for being LGBTQ is harder. Strut Vancouver is an event put on by the Foundation of Hope to raise funds and awareness for LGBTQ refugees. Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich Art Director: Craig Fleisch Copywriter: Bryan Loewen
Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Craig Fleisch
Copywriter: Bryan Loewen

On June 6th at 12 noon VIDC will be at Sunset Beach STRUTTING as part of Foundation of Hope‘s Fundraising efforts for LGBTQ+ Refugees.

Yes, we will be walking a mile in heels!

That said, you can help us by visiting the VIDC Struts’ Team Page and donating to the cause.

VIDC Facebook Shoutout (STRUT)
STRUT Shout out for VIDC on their Facebook event page. We are so honored to have the opportunity to be a part of STRUT!

We will also be setting up an information booth where we will be giving out flyers and information about our point-of-care testing for HIV/AIDS and HCV. Come say hi!

Photos to follow!


(WE DID IT! Check it out here!)

VIDC at the Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VII

Last May 6-7, The Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre had the privilege to be a part of the 7th Annual Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey forum at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel.

As part of the event, they had a Health Screening room set up with screening stations for blood pressure, glucose level, tuberculosis (TB), and liver health. We came in with our FibroScan® machine and was greeted by very friendly First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) staff with a full two-day list (and quite a huge waiting list) of people interested in getting their liver tested — there was no time to waste!

This sign says it all. The FNHA did a great job with the promotional materials.

There was no lull time as we screened people one after the other. Everyone was very excited to find out about the machine (and about their liver health too, I’m sure). As part of our team, we had our HCV Nurse Shawn Sharma, RN BSN administer the screening and Dr. Alexandra King MD, FRCPC consulting with the patients about the results.

Overall, it was such a great experience being part of the forum. The energy from everyone working together to improve the health and wellness of the First Nation communities was simply surreal!

Meet Heppy! The Giant Microbes depiction of what the Hepatitis C Virus looks like — if it were a cute plush toy a million times its actual size.
Our registration booth set up with Brian from FNHA.
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Contact Information on our poster, with our “HEP C? GET TESTED!” wristbands. Special thanks to Daryl Luster from the Pacific Hepatitis C Network for the wristbands!

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VIDC Connect is a community engagement initiative that stems from our mission:

Through innovative models of intervention, VIDC (Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre) particularly seeks to engage more vulnerable patients in a multi-disciplinary environment of health care. We provide peer-friendly education about disease, state-of-the-art antiviral medications (often available only within research protocols), and comprehensive support during and after treatment within an open, flexible, and community-based holistic approach. Services are provided in English, French & Arabic.


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