How We Started
- A small group of HIV positive gay men begin to gather in a Halifax kitchen seeking personal and emotional support
- Nova Scotia Persons With AIDS Coalition (NSPWAC) is formed with its focus on support and advocacy
- NSPWAC calls some concerned Cape Bretoners to meet
- A small group of dedicated individuals developed a proposal and submitted to Health Canada’s AIDS Community Action Fund
- A board was formed
- The AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton (ACCB) was incorporated.
- Project funding became available in February
- ACCB officially opened its doors April 1st as a resource and prevention/education program.
- Cape Breton’s first AIDS Walk
- A proposal for a needle exchange was submitted to the NS Department of Health and declined
- A Hepatitis B outbreak
- The proposal from the previous year was re-submitted
- Sharp Advice Needle Exchange opened its first site in North Sydney
- ACCB hosts the first Gay social in Sydney on New Year’s Eve resulting in the organization being recognized as the first safe space for the LGBTQ community in Cape Breton.
- ACCB moved from Townsend Street to its current location @ 150 Bentinck Street
- Cape Breton’s first Gay Pride Parade
- The Nova Scotia Strategy on HIV/AIDS was released
- ACCB headed up a working group to develop and submit a proposal for an opiate replacement program in Cape Breton
- Nova Scotia’s Standards for Blood Borne Pathogens Services was released
- Addictions Services was funded to deliver an opiate replacement program.
- The Government of Canada launched the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS
- ACCB was funded to provide anonymous counselling, testing and referral services.
- ACCB partners with Feed Nova Scotia to provide food bank services to its clients.
- ACCB coordinates the 1st International Day Against Homophobia in Cape Breton
- LGBTQ Resource and Support Program began
- The Trans support group was formed
- ACCB celebrated 20 years of service.
- Cape Breton launched its own Blood Borne Pathogen Strategy
- ACCB partners with Addictions Services and CBU on the IDU Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Projects
- Discussions begin around the delivery of specialized primary health services for marginalized individuals.
- Name changed to ALLY Centre of Cape Breton (ACCB) in an effort to encompass all the programs and services offered
- IDU project research reports are released
- Mental Health and Addictions established the Downtown Clinic ORT program in partnership with ACCB
- ACCB in partnership with Dr. Meaghan Keating opened the ALLY Health Clinic to offer primary health services to marginalized individuals.
- Provincial government invests additional funds for harm reduction programs delivered by community based organizations.
- Ally purchases the former "Bailey Bus" from Direction 180 in Halifax, to create a mobile supportive unit that provides services throughout the CBRM.
- Partnership with Primary Health Care results in part time nurse practioner, full time social worker and help to fund a medical secretary for the health clinic
- Public Health funds a one year outreach street health pilot - one nurse model
- Proposal for Overdose Prevention Site is submitted to be offered in partnership with CAPED
- Discussions re Managed Alcohol Programs and Safe Supply are progressing.