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Sam Calzada, Housekeeping Staff

Sam Calzada, Housekeeping Staff
"Time is gold, silver or bronze or no medals at all."

Why did you choose these words?

The harder you work, the more you get out of life - like medals.

How do they relate to your experience at Dr. Peter Centre?

When you work hard on something meaningful, like helping clients by making them happier, having a sense of humor, brightening their day and changing their sadness, it’s precious.

What led you to the Dr. Peter Centre?

I saw the job in the newspaper and right away, I came for an interview. People around me had a negative perception around HIV. I wanted to understand. I started working here and my perception was positive. I wanted to stay and here I am. I like working here. I also like that I can contribute in many ways. I play my guitar along with Carolyn and Music Therapy every Wednesday.

What is most important about the Dr. Peter Centre to you?

The Dr. Peter Centre’s role in the community. The Centre creates a sense of belonging for people who have been marginalized. It brings them back together as a community. Dr. Peter’s vision has been realized in this way.

What would you like people to know about HIV and AIDS?

The way we disseminate information is important. We need a strategy to overcome negative impressions. We need to educate people.

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