picAt the 2019-07-22 dedication of Raymond Taavel Park. Photo by Samson Learn, Samson Photography

By NilsClausson

Eric Smith was a teacher. His admission to having AIDS early in the crisis rocked his home community to its core. He faced a lot of opposition and discrimination but braved it courageously.

Eric was infected by a boyfriend in 1983 before HIV testing and condom use education. As of June, 2020 he's still healthy with normal blood counts [a stubborn little thing]. He continues to advocate for both the gay and AIDS communities.

Anyone getting the opportunity to speak with him will soon realize what a wonderful, intelligent person he is.

picCirca 1989

November, 2002: on the cover of WayvesMagazine

December 1, 2006: Eric had most of p. 9 of the Daily News For World AIDS Day, "It's really important that we take the time to remember those we've lost."

November, 2010: Eric received the NSRAP Community Hero Award.

July 19, 2018: EricSmith and Barend were interviewed in this CTV "First at Five" feature:

December 10, 2018: Eric received a Nova Scotia Human Rights Award for his advocacy for the protection of people with HIV/AIDS and for those within the 2SLGBTIQ+ community from discrimination. “Having lost over 550 friends to AIDS, I hope that my advocacy work has in some way helped to honour their memories.” – Eric Smith

picAt Halifax Pride 2016

There's some autobiography during the 2018-07-22 Elderberries Salon at about the 47:00 mark.

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