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Timeline of Achievements

Timeline of Achievements
Dr. Peter Centre
  • 1997 The Dr. Peter Centre Day Health Program opens its doors in an old wing of St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver.

  • 1998 Maxine Davis becomes Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

  • 1998 The Dr. Peter Centre opens a 10-bed residence at its temporary leased location in St. Paul’s Hospital.

  • 2001 The Foundation successfully completes a $9.8 million capital campaign to build a standalone Dr. Peter Centre.

  • 2002 After the BC College of Nurses clarifies that supervised injection is within the scope of practice for nurses, the Dr. Peter Centre becomes the first health care facility in North America to integrate such a service into its model of care.

  • 2003 The purpose-built Dr. Peter Centre opens at the corner of Comox and Thurlow Streets in Vancouver. The new facility triples its day health capacity and more than doubles its residential capacity.

  • 2004 The Dr. Peter Centre wins B.C. Persons with AIDS Society AccolAIDS award for “Innovative Programs.”

  • 2005 The residence at the Dr. Peter Centre evolves from an assisted living to a licensed care facility due to increasing complexity of care provided.

  • 2007 The Dr. Peter Centre Day Health staff wins the John F. McCreary Prize for excellence in ‘Interprofessional Teamwork in Health Professions’ from the University of British Columbia.

  • 2008 The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is granted intervener status at BC Supreme Court in Insite’s appeal to continue to provide supervised injection service.

  • 2010 The Dr. Peter Centre begins providing care seven days a week in its day health program.

  • 2011 The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is granted intervener status at the Supreme Court of Canada in Insite’s appeal to continue supervised injection service.

  • 2011 The Enhanced Supportive Housing program is launched, providing individual furnished suites within the footpath of the Dr. Peter Centre to improve patient flow out of hospital to the Dr. Peter Centre Specialized Nursing Care Residence and support for  clients transitioning out of the residence into the community. DPC staff provides a series of customized supports including case management, housekeeping and individualized life skills support.

  • 2012 The Dr. Peter Centre obtains funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for a three year research evaluation, A Mixed Method Evaluation of the Impact of the Dr. Peter Centre on Health Care Access and Outcomes for Persons Living with HIV Who Use Illicit Drugs, in partnership with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV AIDS, and researchers and policy-makers from across Canada.

  • 2013 The Dr. Peter Centre wins the Casey Award from Toronto’s Casey House for “Leadership in providing compassionate HIV care for people living with HIV, and for removing barriers to care for vulnerable people.”

  • 2014 The Dr. Peter Centre, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, applies for an exemption from federal drug laws in order to continue to provide supervised injection service to registered clients of the DPC, making it the first Canadian organization to apply for such an exemption since the 2011 Supreme Court ruling on Insite.

  • 2016 The Dr. Peter Centre receives a section 56 exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), which ensures the centre’s nurses and clients will not be charged under federal drug laws for their activities related to providing and accessing supervised injection services. 

  • 2016 The Dr. Peter Centre is awwarded the Elisse Zack Award for Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation from the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation.


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