WORLD HEPATITIS DAY 2015 in VICTORIA, BC CANADA – July 28, 2015

A number of local groups including AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), Vancouver Island Persons with AIDS Society (VIPWAS), SOLID, as well as HepCBC, commemorated this day with both an afternoon of speeches, a march to Parliament Building, and educational exhibits. In the evening, the Parliament Building was lit up in red and yellow for the first time, and there was an open microphone for people to share their experiences with hepatitis C and their memories of people lost due to liver disease. Click photo to enlarge and start slideshow.

Charlayne Joe of Victoria, BC City Council at World Hepatitis Day
Victoria City Councillor Charlayne Joe read the Mayor’s Proclamation of World Hepatitis Day in Victoria

World Hepatitis Day Victoria, BC
Mingling with the crowd at World Hepatitis Day Victoria 2015 on a sunny afternoon

Aboriginal people in BC sharing information about hepatitis C
Aboriginal people freely sharing information about hepatitis C was a big part of this day. Woman above is holding educational materials for First Nations from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Baby Boomer Get Tested poster at WHD Victoria 2015
Three lovely ladies urge those born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C.

Douglas Laird, hepatitis C Advocate & Writer
Hepatitis C Advocate and Writer, Douglas Laird, attended-and helped out-at both Afternoon and Evening parts of this day. THANKS DOUGLAS!!

Hermione Jefferis at World Hepatitis Day Victoria 2015
Hermione Jefferis (right) of AVI has been the Chief Organizer of World Hepatitis Day Victoria for several years. THANKS, HERMIONE for a truly great job!!!

Moon above BC Parliament Buildings, World Hepatitis Day 2015
Moon above British Columbia Parliament Buildings, beginning of evening event – CD Mazoff, Photographer

Karen Felske at World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Victoria, BC, Canada
Hepatitis C Advocate Karen Felske sharing her lived experiences with hepatitis C treatment and liver cancer. Her strong, positive message inspired us all.

Susan Malloch speaking at World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Victoria, BC
Susan Malloch, sharing memories of the life and recent loss of her partner, Allen McCulloch, urged all Baby Boomers to get tested and treated for hepatitis C before their livers get badly damaged.

Red and yellow lights at BC Legislature for World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Victoria, BC
The red and yellow lights first come on at the BC Legislature on World Hepatitis Day in Victoria, BC – CD Mazoff, Photographer

Closeup of red and yellow lights at the BC Legislature, World Hepatitis Day, 2015
Closeup of red and yellow lights at the BC Legislature, World Hepatitis Day, 2015 – CD Mazoff, Photographer

Red lights at BC Legislature, World Hepatitis Day 2015 Victoria, BC
Red lights up the vestibule of BC Legislature on World Hepatitis Day 2015 Victoria – Barbara Pedrick, Photographer

Red and yellow for hepatitis C light up the BC Legislature, Victoria, BC
Red and yellow lights in the BC Legislature vestibule, World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Victoria, BC, Canada – Barbara Pedrick, Photographer

Red and yellow illuminate BC Legislature bldg in Victoria, BC on World Hepatitis Day 2015
Late night of World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Victoria, BC, Canada at the Provincial Legislature building – Barbara Pedrick, Photographer