AIDS Vigil

An eight-hour drop-in type event at StJohnsUnitedChurch.1 pic
May 25, 1988
First formal one. At least 450 people attend a candlelight vigil at St George's where 47 lost loved ones were named followed by a sombre procession to the Grand Parade23 JohnYogis says: JimMacSwain made a video of the event.
There was a reception for politician and activist Svend Robinson at the home of JohnYogis & Darrell Roy. Photo 1: RobinMetcalfe, BobPetite, Svend Robinson & MaureenShebib. Photo 2: RobinMetcalfe, Svend Robinson, and BobPetite. Other pictures in the set from that dinner identify also: MattHughes, PeterWoods, ElaineJacobsen? and DarrellMartin?.4
BarendKamperman writes, "The first AIDS Vigil in Halifax at (the original) St.George's Round Church Halifax. It was a very moving and somber ceremony in a time of terrifying, illogical fear. Afterward we all processed in the night to the Grand Parade. I was afraid I could get in trouble but marched anyway."5
The Wayves Article mentions Dr Bill Hart, president of MacAIDS; RobinMetcalfe; Rev. BobPetit; Svend Robinson; Alexa McDonough, and Mary Clancy.
NathanElling writes: What a sad but also wonderful memory. I gave a prayer at it. I remember missing so many people and I hadn't even lived in Halifax that long. I recall sitting with Bob Petite going over what the service should be in his living room and picking the version of Ave Maria we'd use. I remember meeting Svend for the first time. I also remember feeling so connected to everyone there. We'd all lost so many friends, lovers, family. It was really moving. I cried myself to sleep that night, but it was a healthy cry, letting the emotion out.6
December 1, 2001
Theme: Making present, coming into presence Guest speaker: PaulLaybolt

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1. AlStewart - comment
2. ChrisAucoin history panel, probably from the WayvesMagazine article.
3. Wayves article says "450 programmes were handed out"
4. Photos ex libris JohnYogis, located in DanielMacKay's collection.
5. June 1, 2023 Facebook post
6. reply to Barends's FB post