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Pioneering midwife awarded Casey Award

Toronto, April 5, 2011

Jay MacGillivray Jay MacGillivray (photo by Glenn Bell, courtesy Casey House)

Registered midwife Jay MacGillivray has been honoured with this year’s prestigious Casey House Award.

For more than 30 years, MacGillivray has been an outstanding advocate for people and communities who are marginalized because of HIV/AIDS, disability, poverty, immigration or other systematic barriers to success.

The Casey House Awards were created in 2008 in memory of Casey House founder, June Callwood. The award annually celebrates individuals or organizations across Canada that have demonstrated leadership in the fields of HIV/AIDS and/or social justice.

One of Ontario's first registered midwives, MacGillivray co-founded The positive Pregnancy Programme which provides comprehensive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care to HIV-positive mothers and their babies. Since its launch five years ago, not one baby born through the program has been HIV-positive.