Janet Conners


Janet was born on January 4, 1956 in Vancouver and spent several years in Yellowknife before moving to Halifax in 1981 with a young son. During the ensuing years she pursued a career as a laboratory technologist at the VG Hospital. She met RandyConners in 1985 and he tested positive for HIV shortly after. They married in 1987.

1993 brought many challenges and changes to their lives, and they were featured in a documentary which was broadcast on November 30, 1993. The following day, World AIDS Day, they held a press conference to push for recognition of the right for compensation and a review of the blood supply system. Their challenge was quickly dealt with by the then provincial Minister of Health, George Moody. Randy and Janet went on to develop a warm and personal relationship with him. The province developed a compensation package by April, 1994. Janet and Randy were moving forces behind the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (known as the Krever Inquiry) and Janet made appearances at it.

Her impact statement for the Krever Inquiry is here.

Throughout the personal pain and tragedy of those years, Janet found time to be the first female vice chair of the NS PWA Coalition and president of the NS Haemophiliac Society, and participated in fifty safe sex forums held throughout the Nova Scotia school system along with many panel discussions.1

In 2016, Janet told her story to the AIDS Activist History Project. The interview in video and text is here.


1. Adapted from the 1995 StonewallTavern Awards program