Ron Rosenes Death – IAS Community Activist Liaison Ron Rosenes of Toronto, Ontario has sadly passed away. He died on Saturday 21st October 2023 after a short illness. He was confirmed dead through a Facebook post made on Sunday that reads “It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that my friend and colleague Ron Rosenes died on Saturday, October 21 after a short illness”. He was a great man who was amazingly kind, generous and joyful person.
Ron Rosenes Education
Ron attended Carleton University between 1965 to 1969 where he earned a B.A. M.A. LLD (hon), French and Russian; Slavic Languages and Literature. Between 1970 to 1971, he went on to attended University of Toronto. He was an esteemed figure within Toronto’s vibrant gay community, leaving an indelible mark over several decades despite his own 40-year battle with HIV. Recognized with the prestigious Order of Canada, his contributions extended across various fronts, encompassing robust involvement in HIV/AIDS and LGBTIQ advocacy, as well as active participation in health organizations.
His tireless efforts significantly improved the landscape for countless individuals grappling with HIV, both in Toronto and throughout Canada. His advocacy for those affected by HIV/AIDS, coupled with his philanthropic endeavors in diverse spheres, set him apart as an exceptional individual. Ron’s dedication as a volunteer, spokesperson, and fundraiser was instrumental in fostering support for numerous organizations.
Ron Rosenes Career
Notably, he held pivotal roles in ACT (the AIDS Committee of Toronto), the HIV Legal Network, and the Canadian Treatment Action Council, among others. Additionally, his contributions to Casey House and HQ Toronto, a pioneering health hub catering to Two-Spirit individuals, individuals identifying as male, and the transgender and non-binary community, showcased his unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and access to vital resources. In 2014, Ron’s relentless advocacy work on behalf of individuals living with and affected by HIV earned him the distinguished title of Member of the Order of Canada.
Furthermore, his contributions did not go unnoticed within the HIV community, as evidenced by his induction into the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll, alongside the accolades he received, including The Casey Award, the Glen Hillson Award of Excellence from the Canadian Treatment Action Council, the Red Ribbon Award from the Canadian Association for HIV Research, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his outstanding services.
Ron Rosenes’ obituary will be released by the family
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