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Peer Support: A way to connect.

By Khaled / March 22, 2021

Being a newcomer and finding community and resources can be difficult, especially coming from a country that is not queer-friendly. It is for this reason that I am thankful to MAX, as I have found every space created and run by MAX to be warm, inviting and caring. The peer support program at MAX is…

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Neg-otiating poz spaces: Four mistakes we don’t have to make

By Khaled / March 9, 2021

What do you think — is PnP a poz space? The party scene never belonged exclusively to HIV-positive guys (and nor do all such guys party), but it’s not wrong to say that PnP is uniquely poz-friendly. For a long time, chemsex was radically more welcoming than nearly all other social or sexual spaces for queer…

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Peer Support: Why I’m here to listen

By Khaled / February 16, 2021

My name is Matt (he/him) and I first became involved with MAX as a Peer Support volunteer in the summer of 2020. I was very excited to see the notice that MAX was searching for Peer Support volunteers, as I had been searching for an opportunity like this since moving to Ottawa.  Peer Support was…

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Updates from Acting Executive Director

By Khaled / October 17, 2020

Greetings, While I understand that these are unprecedented times, I sincerely hope you are staying safe, connected and finding support in ways that are meaningful. From isolation and stress to financial insecurity, the pandemic has certainly affected all of us in a number of ways. I’ve seen the numbers and it is assured that the…

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Giving Back with MAX

By Khaled / September 29, 2020

Supporting health and wellness for guys into guys  As the pandemic rages on, affecting every part of our society, one thing remains steadily true:  the queer community continues to be one of the hardest hit. Due to COVID-19, queer people face more challenges with employment security, financial security, and physical and mental health.  Impact of…

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Stronger Together

By Khaled / August 21, 2020

New health services during COVID-19 We recognize the need for increased access to MAX’s community programming, particularly for vulnerable segments of GBT2Q guys into guys during the pandemic.  Over the past few months, MAX Ottawa has launched new programs and services to address community mental health, harm reduction support, and healthcare access for older adults…

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Reopening Plan and Employment Opportunities

By Khaled / August 5, 2020

MAX’s Reopening Plan and Employment Opportunities While many of you are enjoying relaxed self-isolation restrictions, we at MAX Ottawa have been getting cozy in our new home!  We’re neighbouring up with The Ten Oaks Project and Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) at 400 Cooper Street. We’re looking forward to hosting community events and our full…

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Transitions at MAX

By Khaled / July 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. Over the past few months, MAX has been working hard to adapt to the emerging health and wellness needs of our communities with innovative initiatives. Additionally, MAX is undergoing other important transitions for our organization. We have moved! You can now find MAX Ottawa…

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Statement of Solidarity against Anti-Black Racism

By Khaled / June 5, 2020

MAX Ottawa stands in solidarity with activists rallying against anti-Black racism and police violence globally and here in Canada.

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The Fabric, MAX Ottawa's 3 year celebration

MAX Ottawa turns three!

By Khaled / March 3, 2020

MAX Ottawa is strengthening the fabric of GBT2Q+ guys in the capital region On March 2, 2020, MAX Ottawa celebrated its third-year anniversary. It marks three years of raising awareness, building communities, and providing education and social support to individuals, communities, and service providers – three years of helping to create a vision of guys…

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