Andrew Beckerman

Andrew joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2014.

He is an HIV+ gay man who was infected in 1980. Trained as an architect at University of California Berkeley, his architectural career included numerous community-based design services, the last of which provided home modifications for people with physical challenges. He has designed and constructed homes since 1971, when he convinced a Berkeley savings and loan to give a near-penniless graduate student a mortgage.

Andrew served on the Board of Trustees for United Way of the Bay Area (UWBA) where he received a “Volunteer of the Year” award. He was one of the initiators of the removal of the Boy Scouts of America as a funded agency due to their discrimination towards gay men and youth, a clear violation of UWBA’s non-discrimination policy. He later moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he served on the boards of both Big Brothers/Big Sisters and United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSF). In 2002, he received UWSF’s first “Humanitarian of the Year” award for his community service. He was a founding co-chair of the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s “Lesbian and Gay Funding Partnership” (now the “Envision Fund”).

Immigrating to Victoria, B.C. in 2005, he became a front-desk volunteer and public educator for AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI). Soon after, he joined AVI’s board of directors and has served as co-chair, chair and currently as “past” chair. He also serves as a board member of the Pacific Aids Network and volunteers for United way of Greater Victoria. His work at AVI, in conjunction with a shared client list at the Cool Aid Society, brings him in daily contact with fellow clients whose lives exist at the intersection of infection, mental and physical health challenges, drug and alcohol use, long-term or intermittent homelessness, early childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse, and multiple layers of discrimination. It is through contact with his fellow clients and working with his colleagues that Andrew has received his brilliant Canadian education.

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