The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area (ACNBA) is a community-based, registered, non-profit organization, serving people in the North Bay catchment area – bounded by West Nipissing, Kirkland Lake, Mattawa and Huntsville – who are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS or
Hepatitis C since 1991*.
ACNBA’s mission is to assist and support all people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C and to limit the spread of the viruses through education, outreach and treatment strategies.
ACNBA is a member of the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) and is supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC).*ACNBA was started in 1990 as an ad-hoc committee. ACNBA’s first executive director, Sharon Wright, became active in the position April 2nd, 1991. On May 8th, 1991 ACNBA officially opened its doors to the public. The agency was officially incorporated June 15th, 1992.
ACNBA provides a wide range of services under the Hepatitis C program. Having received provincial funding in April 2011, Hepatitis C now makes up half of ACNBA’s mandate. Staff and office facilities have been expanded to provide proper support to the broadened program.
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Where it started
The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area (ACNBA) is a medium-sized, vibrant and involved, social service agency, located in the downtown section of North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was established April 25, 1990, as the ACCESS – AIDS Committee of North Bay – operating under the wing of ACCESS Sudbury – by two North Bay area men, Chuck Haskins and the late Piers Gilson.
Both were determined to develop social support for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and to help stop the spread of the virus through education and awareness.
Chuck was elected to chair ACCESS North Bay’s board, made up of 13 influential locals, including politicians, health professionals, educators, and religious representatives. Through strong lobbying by North Bay’s former Medical Officer of Health and an original board member, Dr. Catherine Whiting, ACCESS North Bay became an independent service organization and eventually took on its current name; AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area.