This Sunday, August 13th at 2pm EST, Robert will have the pleasure of speaking with Butch Mckay the Founder of the Positive Living conferences that take place each year in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. This September 15th-17th Butch and the OASIS family will be celebrating the 20th year Anniversary of Positive Living.
Butch Mckay is currently Executive Director of Okaloosa AIDS Support and Informational Services, Inc. (OASIS), a position he has held since 1996. He founded the Positive Living Conference Series in 1997. Butch has been involved in the AIDS arena for decades , starting his career as a volunteer with Birmingham AIDS Outreach and UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) AIDS Clinic and Research Center. He assisted BASIC in Panama City with initial trainings when they became an AIDS Service Organization in the late 80’s and later served as a case manager, case manager supervisor , and director of education for BASIC for a collective total of 5 years.
Butch has served on the planning committee for the White House Summit on HIV and Aging and attended the Presidential Reception for the National AIDS Strategy. He directs the Activate! U Advocacy Academy program that was awarded the ADAP Grassroots Advocacy Campaign of the Year Award by aaa+. Butch was awarded the Florida HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Excellence Award for Highest Achievement, and under his direction was awarded the one of the Sapphire Awards of Distinction for Community Health Excellence by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida. But the award he values the most was perhaps the most unique, attendees of one of the Positive Living Conferences all signed personal messages on his office door thanking him for opening doors to so many.
We will also be joined by Cathy Robinson-Pickett who will be sharing about her experience as a attendee and presenter at Positive Living.
About Positive Living
The Positive Living experience is the backbone for the Positive Living Conference each year. As we prepare for Positive Living 20 we are mindful of our audience. We like to refer to the audience as our family because our ultimate goal is to bring people together to share and expand their knowledge and their contacts. Positive Living provides a safe space to mingle. providing everyone who so desires an opportunity to engage in dialog and strategy building. While there is a heavy emphasis on advocacy training, we make sure to offer educational opportunities on treatment options, prevention services, the impact of the affordable healthcare act, and other pertinent information on many subjects by bringing together recognized experts in these fields with the people whose life's experiences provides the evaluation of what is working and what is not working. It is all about empowerment and learning to build viable networks to strengthen each person's ability to tackle HIV/AIDS both personally and collectively. We welcome each of you to Positive Living 20 and the inviting shores of the Emerald Coast in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Our home base is once again the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort where General Manage Joe Guidry and his staff goes out of their way to make us feel at home. We look forward to a great conference, renewing old friendships, while making new friendships.
Listen to Butch's interview here