Our Organization

History

The Lethbridge HIV Connection (LHC) was initially formed in 1986 with meetings of concerned individuals including members of the gay community. After a community meeting of representatives of health and social service agencies organized by the Lethbridge Health Unit, the decision to incorporate as a society was made in 1988. With the organization becoming more public and official, most of the gay supporters left as they felt it was not safe for them to be openly associated with an AIDS organization in Southwestern Alberta. For the first several years after incorporation, most of the HIV Connection’s board members were professional people. This has gradually changed, with the organization becoming truly a community based organization with significant representation from a variety of communities.

LHC is a member of the Canadian AIDS Society, the Alberta Community Council on HIV (ACCH) and the United Way of Southwestern Alberta. We are funded by the Alberta Community HIV Fund, a joint ACCH / Health Canada / Alberta Health and Wellness initiative, Public Health Agency of Canada, Private Donations and other fund raising activities

Statement of Philosophy

The Lethbridge HIV Connection will provide compassionate, responsible, confidential and non-judgmental support to clients, families and significant others.

The Lethbridge HIV Connection will facilitate the empowerment of clients to define their own needs with regard to their care.

The Lethbridge HIV Connection will promote positive education strategies to inform the public about HIV / AIDS and Hepatitis C and to encourage public understanding of persons with HIV / AIDS and 
Hepatitis C.

Policies and Procedures

Here you will find documents related to the internal and external operations of the Lethbridge HIV Connection.

By-Laws

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