Dr. Peter Jepson-Young was a young, gay Vancouver physician who shifted public views and brought a human face to HIV/AIDS. He chronicled his personal battle with the disease through the Dr. Peter Diaries, a weekly video diary that aired on CBC.
Shortly before his death in 1992, he established the Dr. Peter Centre with the mission of providing compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Today, the Dr. Peter Centre manages a day health program, a 24-hour licensed care residence with specialized nursing care, and an enhanced supportive housing program, to provide comprehensive medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance use, and homelessness.
The Dr. Peter Centre serves more than 73,500 nutritious meals each year to 418+ unique day health participants.
Since 2002, the Centre has been internationally recognized as the first health care facility in North America to integrate supervised consumption services into its model of care.