PARN is committed to the principles of the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and/or AIDS (GIPA) and the more Meaningful Engagement of People Living with HIV and/or AIDS (MEPA) as reflected in the Ontario Accord.

The Ontario Accord was embraced by the PARN Board of Directors on November 14, 2012, to ensure organizational commitment to transforming organizational culture by embodying and operationalizing the principles of GIPA and MEPA in all areas of PARN’s work from governance to program planning, service delivery to education, client support to fundraising events.

The Ontario Accord was created by representatives of Ontario HIV/AIDS organizations at a Living and Serving 3 consultation meeting in July 2011.

The Ontario Accord – A Statement of Solidarity with GIPA/MIPA

We, people living with HIV and/or AIDS and allies in the community:

  • Commit to the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV and/or AIDS, in accordance with GIPA/MIPA); GIPA/MIPA puts PHAs at the centre and is grounded in human rights and the dignity of the full human being
  • Aim to transform all who live with, work in, and are affected by HIV and/or AIDS in Ontario
  • Commit to personal and social transformation
  • Value community expertise in embracing the challenge for the betterment of society
  • Value inclusion over exclusion, a quest for integrity at all times and the embodiment of self-determination
  • Promote the evolution of thought, action and collaboration among us and with our allies

Because GIPA/MIPA is about human struggles and aspirations, ethics, empowerment and accountability are its foundation.

We acknowledge that Greater involvement of people living with HIV and/or AIDS (GIPA) is never achieved once and for all; it is a goal and commitment that must be continually renewed. GIPA is a practice, not a project, and is similar to all other accountabilities of healthy HIV organizing and service delivery. Our practices in AIDS service organizations (ASOs) must be continually re-evaluated in light of the changing realities of HIV/AIDS and of those living with it.