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The Stephen Lewis Foundation

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with grassroots organizations turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Since 2003 we have funded over 1100 initiatives, partnering with over 300 community-based organizations in the 15 countries hardest hit by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

These grassroots groups are a lifeline for their communities: they provide education and counselling about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach into the homes of the sick and vulnerable through holistic home-based care; help children orphaned by AIDS and other vulnerable children gain access to education and cope with their grief; and support grandmothers, who are overwhelmingly the caregivers for their orphaned grandchildren.

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If you would like to learn more about the Ask Her Talks and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Alexis MacDonald
Director of External Relations
416-533-9292 ext 300

The Ask Her Talks

There are remarkable leaders in Africa at the community level. Women are at the heart of the response to AIDS, are overwhelmingly the frontline health care workers, are tackling the epidemic of sexual violence—and yet we rarely, if ever, hear from them. African women are leading the way, and are experts on what works, what kind of support is most effective, and what challenges need to be met.

The Ask Her Talks is a speaker series that gives the podium to five knowledgeable, dynamic and informed African women who speak about what happens when crises strike, and the role that philanthropy can play in a transformative response.

These women are engaged in courageous and sophisticated work that is making a tangible improvement in the human condition on the African continent. Their models of change are hard won, tested by urgent realities, and developed despite the many failures of governments and international leadership. Enlightening, stimulating and provocative — It’s time to hear directly from the experts.

For every Canadian who generously gives to important struggles around the globe.


Our partners, donors and sponsors are all concerned with the same imperative: to ensure that the funds raised and disbursed by the Foundation go directly to our partners working with the greatest impact at the community level on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. That is why we are deeply appreciative of — and welcome — the generous contributions and support from long-time and new sponsors and partners.

November 2015 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: CIBC

Lead Sponsors: Aeroplan Beyond Miles, Asterisk Media, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, iPolitics, Soweto Gospel Choir, OPSEU The Manitoba Teachers’ Society

Photographers: Dean Goodwin, Lisa MacIntosh, Olav Rokne, Ted Chai
Videographers: Dan Wallace & Evan Ballam

May 2015 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: CIBC

Lead Sponsors: Aeroplan’s member donation program, Carleton Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton Arts & Social Sciences, CUPE Ontario, Diamante, McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development, UNIFOR, United Steelworkers, Unite Here Local 75, & Via Rail

Photographers: Bruce Deachman, Cindy Morantz, & Tom Sandler
Videographers: Levi Sandler & Nico Stagias

Participating Partner: War Child Canada

We were delighted and honoured to have a participating partner — War Child — join us for the May 2015 Ask Her Talks. War Child gives children in war-affected communities the chance to reclaim their childhood and break the cycle of poverty and violence.