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August 2011 News and Updates

26 Jul


This month’s August 2011 BABES Talking Newsletter features members’ reflections from BABES Annual Leadership Retreat, updates on program changes and upcoming summer events.

Newsletter highlights include info about our upcoming Annual Picnic, sponsored by Windermere Foundation.  We hope you can join us for some BBQ, fun times and sunshine (fingers crossed) on Saturday, August 6th, 11am-3pm at lower Woodland Park, shelter 1!

Advocacy Opportunity Alert! We’re excited to host the 2nd HIV Law Project/ U.S. Positive Women’s Network Webinar: Government and Decision Making Bodies 101 .  This training is for HIV positive women interested in advocacy.  Come meet other peer advocates on Tuesday, August 9th 9am-12pm at BABES.  Please let us know if you are able to make it!

Welcome to our new, fabulous BABES site

13 Jul

This site was unvieled in mid-July.  Please give us feedback on what we can do better! 

Program updates:

Our 2011 Leadership Retreat was made possible with support from Pride Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Bristol Meyers Squibb, Ms Foundation for Women and many more generous supporters.

Leadership Retreat July 2011

We just returned from our Annual Leadership Retreat.  This year’s retreat was especially well-attended, empowering and reached a dynamic group of 32 consumer advocates.  Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and presenters including Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD, assistant medical director at Madison Clinic at Harborview and Linda Scruggs from AIDS Alliance for children, youth and families.  

Linda Scruggs, Nicole Price and Pat Migliore at Leadership Retreat 2011

Attendees actively engaged in leadership workshops facilitated by national AIDS Advocates and Positive Women’s Network members Linda Scruggs and Pat Migliore.  It was a wonderful kick-off to future leadership trainings by and for women living with HIV. 

Next week we welcome Nicole Price as the new Program Manager.  We’re thrilled that Nicole has accepted the position.  She brings 7 years experience working at BABES as a peer leader and event coordinator.  She has attended numerous trainings around the country and is well-respected here in the local HIV/AIDS community.  Please join us in welcoming Nicole into this new role!

Signing off,

Amelia Vader, Program Manager for now