International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2018

"Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future”.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial reminds us of the tremendous impact that HIV and the AIDS movement have had on our lives. The Memorial emphasizes the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and reflect on the past and the precious lives that have been lost. 


The Memorial also calls on us to share our stories of challenge, perseverance, and triumph to educate the current and next generations about what the AIDS movement has achieved over the last three decades.

Finally, the Memorial asks to work together, now more than ever, to sustain, strengthen and revitalize our worldwide response to HIV by looking forward and preparing for our future free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination and with universal access to the full range of human rights, including quality prevention, treatment and care services for all.

Please join with us and our guest speakers to remember those who have gone too soon, and continue the legacy of more than 35 years of international activism by committing to a future free from the grief and stigma of the past.

Our guest speakers this year are:

Sarah Feagan, Chair Positive Women Board and Director at NAPWHA

Bill Paterson, Manager at NAPWHA

Tim Dyke, President at AIDS Action Council

The evening will be hosted by Canberra media personality, Genevieve Jacobs. There will also be a musical performance from the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire.


Date:  Sunday 20 May 2018

Time: 4pm – 6.30pm (please arrive at 3.45pm for a 4pm start)

Where: The Great Hall, University House, ANU

RSVP: Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 6257 2855 by Friday 18 May

Bring: Wear something warm, we will be outside for part of the evening

Every year we remember those people how have died of HIV/AIDS by recalling their names. If you would like to add names of someone you cared about who passed away in the previous year to this event, please contact us on 6257 2855 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Presenters
Sarah Feagan
Sarah is a queer woman who has been living with HIV for 10 years. She is vocal about her physical and emotional struggles living with HIV, and uses her personal experiences to educate and inspire. Sarah has recently stepped away from her role as Chair of the Positive Women Board, to be in an exciting new Peer Navigator at Living Positive Victoria where she can be right at the cold face of the HIV sector. She also sits on the Board of the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia representing all PLHIV and a co facilitator of PLDI and Phoinex for women, a workshop for newly diagnosed women. Sarah is a strong advocate for peer based services using the MIPA and MIWA to inform her practice.
She is the proud mother to 3 fur babies, the lucky wife to a wonderful man who looks beyond her HIV and hopes to add a human baby to the mix in the near future.
Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson has been involved in Australia’s response to HIV since 1986, his paid work has included the Registered Nurse and Nurse Manager role with the Inpatient HIV Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in the early years of the epidemic, Housing Programs Manager with the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and he currently works at the National Association for People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) as the Operations Manager.

Bill has extensive critical care nursing experience specialising in adult and children’s intensive care.  In service to his social justice values Bill has volunteered as Board member for Sydney’s Western Suburbs Haven, Positive Life NSW in its previous incarnation and most recently as President of the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council.

Bill is passionate about giving voice to the voiceless and empowerment to the marginalised wherever this occurs in society. Bills experience of advocacy is recounted in the NAPWHA publication ’Through our Eyes – Thirty years of people living with HIV responding to the HIV and AIDS epidemics in Australia. Bill is a graduate of the November 2013 Positive Leadership Development Institute workshop.

Bill Paterson has been involved in Australia’s response to HIV since 1986, as Registered Nurse, Nurse Manager and Housing Programs Manager. Bill is currently employed at the National Association for People with HIV Australia.

Tim Dyke

Dr Tim Dyke has been a part of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT since 2014.  He began as a volunteer before being elected to the Board in 2016.

He is a leadership coach and consultant with previous careers as a veterinarian, an academic and as a senior executive in Australian government agencies. He worked at the National Health and Medical Research Council where his roles included leading clinical trials reform, human research ethics, governance and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' research policy. 

Tim also currently supports and mentors aspiring LGBTIQ+ professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their careers via The Pinnacle Foundation and Out for Australia.

Tim's passions are working alongside others - to improve themselves in their future life and business and - to develop 'community' in our complex, ambiguous world.

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