About us

Welcome to Trellis HIV & Community Care (Formerly HARS), a safe space providing stigma-free HIV/AIDS education, harm reduction, and support services across Kingston and South Eastern Ontario.

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TAKING ACTION TO REMOVE STIGMA

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Our Mission

Trellis HIV & Community Care provides comprehensive services including education, prevention, and support for people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted bloodborne infections (STBBIs), in addition to advocating for broader social change to reduce stigma and discrimination.

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Our Vision

Trellis HIV & Community Care is a leader in providing service user advocacy and innovative, high quality services for people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Our Values

Anti-Stigma

Lived Experience

Dignity

Community

Harm Reduction

Social Justice

Commitment to principles

Our History

Kingston AIDS Project (KAP) poster.

1988 - Kingston AIDS Project (KAP) is incorporated

In response to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis in Canada, KAP is founded by a group of community-minded advocates to provide education to the community about HIV/AIDS as well as support to the growing number of people living with HIV in the Kingston area.

Kingston AIDS Project (KAP) poster.
The ‘Keep Six’ Needle Exchange program poster.

1992 - Mounting AIDS-related deaths and “Keep Six”

AIDS becomes leading cause of death for Americans aged 25 to 44. The trend continues to 1996, when HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) becomes available.

The ‘Keep Six’ Needle Exchange program was formed in collaboration with StreetHealth Centre, becoming one of the first Needle and Syringe programs in Ontario.

The ‘Keep Six’ Needle Exchange program poster.
Indoor image of the HARS reception area.

1998 - KAP becomes HARS

Kingston AIDS Project (KAP) becomes HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) to reflect the growing scope of service outside of the City of Kingston to the counties of Hastings & Prince Edward (HPE), Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A), as well as the counties of Leeds Grenville and Lanark (LGL).

Indoor image of the HARS reception area.
The Mobile Outreach truck. In front of the truck five team members are pictured alongside a table full of pamphlets.

2018 - UrWorx Mobile Harm Reduction Outreach

Thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the UrWorx Mobile Harm Reduction Outreach program launches, bringing harm reduction supplies, education and referrals to communities with less access to these life-saving programs.

The Mobile Outreach truck. In front of the truck five team members are pictured alongside a table full of pamphlets.
Two women standing wearing hard hats outdoors in front of a facade under construction.

2020 - Integrated Care Hub (ICH)

In August 2020, HARS, in partnership with Street Health Centre (a part of Kingston Community Health Centres KCHC) opens the Integrated Care Hub (ICH) a low-barrier harm reduction centre for people who use substances and/or are experiencing homelessness.

Two women standing wearing hard hats outdoors in front of a facade under construction.

2022 - HARS becomes Trellis HIV & Community Care

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic evolves and the work of the agency grows to include expanded Harm Reduction services and services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community, HARS is renamed Trellis HIV & Community care to acknowledge the organization’s history of providing support, education, and of advocating for broader social change to reduce stigma and discrimination.

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Board of directors

  • April Stevens, Director
  • Ben Rodgers, Director
  • Cam Naish, Director
  • Carolyn Smart, Secratary
  • Colin Ubdegrove, Director
  • Dar Doucet, Vice Chair
  • Gilles Charette, Executive Director (ex-officio)
  • Ita McConnell, Treasurer
  • James McCarthy, Director
  • Michael Yue, Director
  • Ted Robinson, Board Chair

Staff At Princess Street

  • Allison Cope, City Support Coordinator
  • Brad Dies (he/him) - M4M Sexual Health Coordinator (GMSH)
  • Chris Bachand Lauko - Peer Support Worker
  • Diane Kearnan (she/they) - Volunteer & Facilities Coordinator
  • Diane Smith-Merrill - Prison Support Coordinator
  • Gilles Charette (he/him) - Executive Director
  • Jo Staples (she/her) - Regional Support Coordinator
  • Kate Simpson (she/they) - Women and HIV Coordinator (WHAI)
  • Mica Smith (he/him) - on leave
  • Ruth Messier (she/her) - Financial Assistant
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Staff At Integrated Care Hub

  • Amanda Rogers (she/her) - Manager, Harm Reduction Services
  • Ashley O’Brien (they/them) - Manager, Integrated Care Hub
  • Derek Van Alstyne (he/him) - Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator
  • Parker Robb (they/them) - Program Coordinator
  • Stephanie Bate (she/her) - Program Coordinator
  • Claudia McNulty - Program Assistant
  • Samantha LeClair - Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
  • Kristy Brewer - Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
  • Jessica Vallentgoed - Harm Reduction Outreach Worker

Program partners

  • African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)

    The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) is a provincial organization that provides strategic leadership in response to HIV/AIDS in African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities in Ontario. ACCHO came into existence as a result of the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS within ACB communities due to anti-Black racism and other social and economic determinants of health. We are committed to facilitating systemic change that will amplify the voices and better the lives of ACB people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS. We respond to HIV/AIDS within ACB communities using an intersectional approach to our work, including the meaningful involvement and engagement of ACB people living with HIV/AIDS, a continually-evolving analysis of anti-Black racism and other overlapping systems of oppression.
  • Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario (GMSH)

    The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) is a network of HIV/AIDS service organizations, whose mission is to support its members in building their own capacity, and the capacity among other service providers in their communities, to offer sexual health, HIV, and other services that meet the needs of cis- and trans-gender gay, bisexual, queer, two spirit and other men who have sex with men in Ontario. GMSH focuses its work around the following themes: - Sexual Health - Sexual Pleasure - Harm Reduction - Mental Health - Capacity building to better serve communities of guys who like guys.
  • Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS)

    The Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy was created by a steering committee composed of government representatives, researchers, community representatives and people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The goal of the strategy is to provide culturally respectful and sensitive programs and strategies to respond to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario, through promotion, prevention, long-term care, treatment and support initiatives consistent with harm reduction principles. ​ The strategy is a provincially mandated AIDS service organization that provides outreach and support services, through regional outreach workers, to off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI)

    WHAI is a community-based response to HIV and AIDS among Cis and Trans women in Ontario. We take into account the structural and societal factors that increase women's risk factors for HIV. This initiative is located in 16 AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) throughout Ontario. WHAI focuses its work around the following themes: Stigma and Discrimination, Gender-based violence, Harm Reduction, Community and Emotional Wellness, Economic Insecurity, Women-centered Healthcare
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