AIDSPEI representatives to Public Accounts Committee: Only AIDS agency in Canada never to have received funding from its Province.

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    Mar 31, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    AIDS P.E.I. says needs provincial funding

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    AIDS P.E.I. representativesTroy Perrot (L) and Trevor Leclerc (R) at the public accounts standing committee Wednesday.

    Published on March 30, 2011
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    In the 20 years AIDS P.E.I. has been helping Islanders the organization has never received provincial funding, but the group is hoping to change that.

    Representatives from the organization appeared before the public accounts committee Wednesday to talk about some of the issues it faces, including a need for funding.

    AIDS P.E.I.’s acting executive director Troy Perrot told MLAs the lack of provincial funding has affected the organization in several ways as it struggles to provide service to people living with or affected by HIV.

    About two years ago AIDS P.E.I. went through the process of applying for provincial funding to help pay for a needle exchange program, but the health department decided to run the program itself, Perrot said.

    “We tried to play hardball with the provincial government that was in power at the time.”

    Perrot said the provincial government has no process in place to outline how much money is available for non-governmental organizations (NGO), no application or review process and there is no transparent process for deciding who gets the money.

    “We have had many issues with trying to apply for that money,” he said.

    What AIDS P.E.I. would like to see are funding priorities set out for money going to NGSOs, an exact amount set out in an annual budget, a clear application process and a review committee set up that includes at least two members from NGOs, Perrot said.

    “That’s what we’re hoping for because currently not one bit of that is in place.”

    AIDS P.E.I. chair Trevor Leclerc also addressed the committee and said the organization is restricted in what it can do with the funding it receives from the federal government, which doesn’t allow the NGO to provide direct patient services.

    “To me the biggest mandate we have is prevention,” he said.

    Leclerc said P.E.I. has several at risk populations, including intravenous drug users who often won’t use the province’s needle exchange because they don’t want to go to a government office building where the programs are housed.

    “Pride is a big thing,” he said.

    Opposition Leader Olive Crane said a lack of an anonymous testing system on P.E.I. is affecting the Island health care system because it may lead to an inaccurate count for the number of people living with HIV in the province.

    “If, for example, someone leaves P.E.I. and they go to Moncton or Halifax to be tested then their numbers stay in that province and you don’t receive the dollars to give them supports here, then that person’s in the P.E.I. health system, then it’s costing as well,” she said.

    The last time AIDS P.E.I. applied for provincial funding it asked for $50,000 and Perrot said the group would like to double its budget with the extra money used to hire a bookkeeper and program coordinator.

    But one of the things he said the group would love to see happen is to get rent-free office space in a government building, like some other organizations get and would allow AIDS P.E.I. to put about $25,000 into other programs.

    “That alone would be a massive help,” he said.


    http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2011-03-31/article-2382106/AIDS-PEI-says-needs-provincial-funding/1
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    Mar 31, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    Aren't YOU the Chair of AIDS PEI, shown on the right in that photo? But I'm confused, because it looks like your pic from your profile, but the article seems to misidentify you? Because they don't do a (L) (R) caption, the name order suggests Troy Perrot is on the right, but says he is the Exec Director, not the Chair. Please clarify.
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    Mar 31, 2011 9:15 PM GMT
    The reader responses are a fair representation of public opinion toward this agency, which was rocked a few years ago when the Executive Director at the time was arrested for defrauding the non-profit group.

    (This is a common occurence on PEI, it seems. Since 2008, the same has transpired at the Big Brothers, the Boy Scouts, the Special Olympics, and a few others I cannot recall offhand. Just today charges were laid against the former bookkeeper for the PEI Agricultural Federation and another charity for similar fraud. Whether motivated by need or greed, it is disheartening for the people who have to pick up the pieces and win back the confidence of the public.




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    Mar 31, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAren't YOU the Chair of AIDS PEI, shown on the right in that photo? But I'm confused, because it looks like your pic from your profile, but the article seems to misidentify you? Because they don't do a (L) (R) caption, the name order suggests Troy Perrot is on the right, but says he is the Exec Director, not the Chair. Please clarify.


    Good catch, Art!

    I had not noticed the paper had transposed our names. (I have corrected it in the OP above).

    I accepted the chair of this organization only last month amid a bit of unfortunate publicity with an outgoing employee trying to mount a public appeal for reinstatement from the job he did not get confirmed for. It was as awkward for the local press as it was for us, as they do not like to be used in that way.

    I'm actually enjoying the challenge and I enjoy the renewed sense of purpose in life.

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    Mar 31, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidAren't YOU the Chair of AIDS PEI, shown on the right in that photo? But I'm confused, because it looks like your pic from your profile, but the article seems to misidentify you? Because they don't do a (L) (R) caption, the name order suggests Troy Perrot is on the right, but says he is the Exec Director, not the Chair. Please clarify.

    Good catch, Art!

    I had not noticed the paper had transposed our names. (I have corrected it in the OP above).

    I accepted the chair of this organization only last month amid a bit of unfortunate publicity with an outgoing employee trying to mount a public appeal for reinstatement from the job he did not get confirmed for. It was as awkward for the local press as it was for us, as they do not like to be used in that way.

    I'm actually enjoying the challenge and I enjoy the renewed sense of purpose in life.

    Thanks, I do claim here that I'm fairly sharp regarding details. icon_redface.gif

    And you & I have talked in private e-mails about this program you recently assumed in a time of turmoil, inheriting problems not of your own making. But an important HIV/AIDS community effort you're trying to salvage. You have my greatest admiration.

    It distresses me to see the same bigoted ignorance & selfish cruelty, posted in some of those replies to that story, as I similarly read here in the States regarding comparable issues. Keep up the good fight!

    You're doing it not for yourself, but for those without effective resources, those without effective voices, those without effective hope if not for you. Never let the right-wing bigots & haters, whether in Canada, the US or anywhere, wear us down. You personally beat a stroke -- you likewise will beat this.

    I'll be military all my life, and use military tactics. I engage, I retreat, I feign defeat, I take the battlefield again, I surprise & outflank. And at the end of the day I always win, I never lose. If I have to bide my time I will, my patience is infinite, but I never lose sight of my goal. You be the same way in this battle on PEI. icon_wink.gif