to receive posthumous Honorary
Lifetime Achievement Award
Toronto, ON – The Board of Directors of the INSPIRE Awards today announced that the 2014 awards ceremony will include the inaugural presentation of The Charles Roy Award for Activism in HIV/AIDS, named in honour of the work of the late and well-known local and international gay and AIDS activist, and former Executive Director of AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Roy will also be honoured, posthumously, with a Honourary Lifetime Achievement Award. The fourth annual INSPIRE Awards will be held at Hart House, University of Toronto on Friday, May 30, 2014. Tickets go on sale February 1, 2014.
The Charles Roy Award for Activism in HIV/AIDS will be an annual award honoring an individual who has made significant contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The recipients will be chosen through nominations which will be promoted by the HIV/AIDS organizations in Toronto, Peel, York Region, and Durham Region, as well as open to the public, and voted on by the INSPIRE Awards Board of Directors, under the supervision of the Nominations & Procedures Committee. Nominations for this awards category open on February 1, 2014, and close on March 1, 2014. Online nomination forms will be available at www.inspireawards.ca.
Charles Roy was the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto for eight years. He was a member of Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, AIDS ACTION NOW and many other provincial committees. Nationally, he was a board member of the Canadian AIDS Society, and, internationally, he contributed to the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. In 1985, he worked for the Montreal AIDS Resource Centre, where he organized the city’s first support group for People With AIDS. He is recognized by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network at their annual conference with a lecture in his honour. He is author of Living and Serving: Persons with HIV in the Canadian AIDS Movement.