Tony Di Pede has been active in the AIDS movement in Canada for more than 20 years. In addition to being a Board member of ICASO, Tony has been on the Boards of The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (TPWAF), Canadian AIDS Society, Canadian Treatment Action Council, Ontario AIDS Network, Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) , Fife House, AIDS Action Now!; and a member of the Ontario Advocacy Commission. Tony was one of the early builders of the TPWAF, developing the organization from its small beginning to what it is today. He has been the Treasurer and served as Co-Chair of TPWAF from 1992 to 1997.
Tony was Chair of the former Wellesley Hospital HIV Community Advisory Panel. He did an incredible amount of work in conjunction with the hospital in implementing a state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS program, which provided high quality care. He is also a founding member of the Wellesley Institute, a private foundation investing over $ 1 million annually in community-based research in urban health and health policy development in Toronto. He was also a board member and Vice Chair of the Drs. Paul and John Rekai Centre (a long term care facility). Tony is currently the Chair of The Wellesley Central Residence Inc. (WCRI). WCRI raised the capital and built a supportive housing complex providing affordable supportive housing to 60 PLWHIV/AIDS and 60 seniors. The complex was completed in fall 2008 and became fully occupied in January 2009. WCRI is Canada’s first LGBTQ focused seniors housing.
Tony is a tremendous advocate for the rights of people living with AIDS, whenever injustice is brought to his attention. In his role he has sat on several government and community committees.