The Ontario AIDS Network is very pleased to congratulate Ron Rosenes, long-time volunteer, HIV activist and advocate, on being among the 86 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Ron has been public about his HIV status for more than 25 years and as a volunteer, he has contributed immensely to our work in Ontario, and in work across Canada and internationally.In 1987, Ron was formally diagnosed with HIV. At a time when AIDS was greatly feared, Ron soon became a public spokesperson for access to treatment. Our work in Ontario has benefitted immensely from Ron’s intellect, energy and passion.
Ron’s response to the announcement of his award was, “It’s wonderful to be singled out. At the same time, I feel I need to contextualize being awarded the Order of Canada by recognizing that I work with a lot of people that are equally deserving.”
Many of us in Ontario have benefitted from his voluntary service and advocacy over the years. Ron’s accomplishments have been duly recognized through the following awards:
· Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2002
· The Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Award in 2003
In 2012, Ron was presented with a Doctorate of Laws, (honoris causa) by Carleton University. At a time when the stigma of HIV persists, we are pleased to acknowledge Ron’s leadership in openly talking about his experience as an HIV positive man and for advocating for a just and effective response to HIV/AIDS.
A full description of Ron’s contributions to work locally, provincially, nationally and internationally can be viewed on the Carleton presentation ceremony below: