Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)

Réseau canadien des personnes séropositives (RCPS)

The CPPN acknowledges that its corporate office in Peterborough (ON) sits on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Missis​sauga adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory and in the Territory covered by the Williams Treaty, and that its operations and management office sits on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.  We recognize and deeply appreciate the contributions that Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples have made to shape and strengthen our local communities, our provinces and territories, and our country as a whole.

Le RCPS reconnaît que son bureau principal à Peterborough (ON) est situé sur le territoire traditionnel de la Anishinaabe Mississauga adjacent au territoire de Haudenosaunee et sur le territoire couvert par le traité Williams, et que son bureau des opérations et de gestion se trouve sur le territoire traditionnel non cédé du Peuple Algonquin Anishnaabeg. Nous reconnaissons et apprécions profondément les contributions des Métis, des Inuits et des autres peuples autochtones à la formation et au renforcement de nos communautés locales, de nos provinces et territoires et de notre pays dans son ensemble.

Rob Olver

Director: At-Large

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Rob Olver was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2014, a couple of weeks before he was due to retire. He shares he knew from the start that he wanted to be open about his diagnosis and work to destigmatize HIV in the community and blogging about life with HIV at PositiveLite.com offered him the chance to do that. Shortly after, he became its editor. PositiveLite.com was Canada's online magazine run by and for people living with HIV. It was a peer-led initiative and was unique in that and many other ways, so it was just natural that we were early endorsers/supporters of two other peer-driven initiatives: The U=U movement and the CPPN. PositiveLite.com liked to see peers succeed and direct their own success. The closure of the publication a couple of years ago was just one of several big changes in Rob’s life which shifted his focus for a while to more personal matters and a retirement of sorts. The world, the CPPN and we are going through challenging times of late. And there are more challenges to come, some of them unprecedented. So to be able to continue to serve the Canadian HIV community by serving on the board of the CPPN now is an honour for Rob and he approach the work knowing that if we can be our best selves together, we can accomplish great things for all people living with HIV in this country. Rob reports he is looking forward to working with you all.