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Our Board

Luka Amona - Board Chair

Lukais an accomplished Business &Human Resources Executivewith over 20years multi-jurisdictional experience acquired from working in various organizationsin the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Hebrings diverse skills, knowledge and abilities that include: community outreach & engagement,strategic planning, board leadership & development,advocacy,stakeholder & government relations, change management, enterprise-wide governance,financial oversight, fundraisingand strategic communications. Luka studied Human Resources Management at the London MetropolitanUniversity and has been awardedthe Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation bythe Human ResourcesProfessional Association. A community building enthusiastwitha passion for social justice, hehas led and partnered on award-winning initiatives that have raised fundsfor community causes. In addition, hehas previously served as aBoard member of severalcommunity organizations. An ardent soccer enthusiast(he calls it football), Luka’stime outside of workand volunteeringis spentwith family & friends,supporting Arsenal FC, reading and travelling. Luka can be reached at board@black-cap.com 

 

Rose-Ann Bailey - Vice Chair

Rose-Ann M. Bailey is a graduate of York University. She holds Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts and Education, and Masters degree in Education. As an academic, visual artist and health educator, Ms. Bailey explores the intersections between racism, urban education, social determinants of health, and how arts-based interventions can meet culturally relevant and responsive health education mandates for urban Canadian youth. 

With over twenty years’ experience as a front-line community health educator, community engagement lead and researcher, Ms. Bailey has contributed to the work of Community Health Centres, Family Health Teams, Toronto and Peel Boards of Education, and most recently, the City of Toronto’s Community Crisis Response Program. She has also designed and developed a number of culturally appropriate, responsive curricula and strategies to support individual youth capacity building.

Her published studies include: ‘Towards Transformative Practice in Working with Youth: Learning about Structures, Possibilities & Hope’ (2012-2014), ‘From the Margins: Building Curriculum for Youth in Transition’ (2014), ‘Perspectives of Black Male Students in Secondary School: Understanding the Successes and Challenges – We Rise Together Action Plan’ (Peel District School Board 2016) and The Black Experience Project (2016). This body of research explored the challenges faced by the Black community and exposes the need for responsive curricula and anti-Black racism discrimination strategies, youth criminal justice advocacy, health, systemic and infrastructural reform.

In addition, Ms. Bailey is an award-winning producer and campaign coordinator, combining her artistic abilities with her passion for community development. Her work includes ACCHO’s HIV/AIDS 'Keep It Alive' Campaign, the 'Just Think 1st’ anti-violence youth initiative, and two short films, "Tuition", about human trafficking and “A Close Eye” about mental health and the criminal justice system. Rose-Ann is currently working with the Toronto Police Service engaging communities around the Race-Based Data Collection Strategy. 

 

 

Uche Nwachukwu - Treasurer

Uchenna is an experienced financial services professional who has worked in multi-cultural, multi-functional teams in multinational organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Standard Chartered Bank and Royal Bank of Canada.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking & Finance from University of Nigeria; an MBA from Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC; an M.Sc. in Economic Policy and International Business from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA), United Kingdom.  Uchenna has lived, studied and/or worked on four continents. He has a passion for diversity and inclusion, travel and tennis.

 

 

 

Mary Achebe

 Mary Achebe is a fifth year student studying at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Mary has experience planning and organising both in person and online events. During the fall/winter 2019/2020 academic year, Mary assisted with planning two in person conferences; Lead with Pride and Metamorphosis. Her role in organising both conferences included reaching to guest speakers and potential workshop hosts, advertising the conference to both students and staff and compiling an email list to promote the event. In her work, Mary intentionally endeavours to include the voices of marginalised people. During the Metamorphosis conference Mary reached out to NishDish, an indigenous owned restaurant, to host a workshop on Indigenous food sovereignty as part of the conference. And for Lead Pride conference she reached to Halco to host a workshop on LGBQT2S+ legal aid into to keep LGHBQT2S+ students informed about their rights. Mary also organised two virtual pride events during this present 2020 summer, she recruited panelists who were members of the black LGBQT+ community to share their experience with regards to the work they do, their support system coming out and policies they want to see change inorder to ensure safe spaces for LGBQT2S+ people particularly for black members of the this very vulnerable community. Mary enjoys creating and planning community work that centres the voices of marginalised people particularly Indigenous people and Black trans women. Mary also was BOD at the UTSC Women and Trans Centre, where she planned events for the semester and designed posters for organised events. Mary enjoys learning and constantly challenging herself as means to grow and broaden her horizon. In her free time Mary enjoys reading, cooking, practising her computer design and dancing.  

 

Anson Sobers

Anson Sobers is an Audit Project Manager with the Ontario Internal Audit Division. He has over 10 years experience in Audit and Accounting working in Barbados, Bermuda and the USA prior to migrating to Canada. He is a health and wellness advocate and owner of kFIT based in Hamilton Ontario. He has a passion for maximizing output with minimal input through continuous improvement and has worked with other charities or volunteer events to achieve such.  At Black Cap he is hoping to share his expertise to help strengthen the financial and operational aspects of the organization. 

 

Chantelle Vernon

Chantelle Vernon is currently a Health System Planning Lead at Ontario Health, Central Region, and has over ten years of progressive leadership accountabilities across various health care sectors, including HIV/AIDS, community, hospital and government. She has a solid foundation and experience leading large projects, providing strategic advice and applying evidence-based methodologies to program planning and decision-making processes. Currently, her work involves managing a diverse portfolio including: COVID-19 community and school testing response, health equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. She is passionate about, reducing health disparities and addressing anti-racism, to improve health outcomes for racialized and marginalized populations.  Chantelle is excited to bring her passion for helping her community, knowledge of the sector and proactive approach to the Black-CAP Board. Her driving values are empathy, compassion, humility and Integrity, and strives to build authentic relationships that create opportunities for change.Chantelle holds a Master of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology, and a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Health Administration from East Tennessee State University.

 

Shenelle Swanston

My name is Shenelle, and I am a Payroll Compliance Practitioner with over 15 years as an accountant for small businesses. Over the years I have worked with a variey of different businesses.  As a mother of 2 daughters I understand the importance of setting a good example for my girls. Giving back to the community by volunteering is and has been a good tool to demonstrate just that. I have recently joined the fund committee with Black CAP and have been enjoying assisting with the cordination of events. I look forward to using my skills to contribute to this organization. 

 

LaRon Hanna

LaRon Hanna is a 38 year old  native of the  Bahamas who has recently relocated to Toronto. He is a graduate of Johnson  & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and with his degree in Hospitality Management,  he has worked in numerous hotels and restaurants.  

 

Aisha Jardine-Douglas

 Aisha Jardine-Douglas, RPN holds two post-secondary diplomas in Social Services as well as a Registered Practical Nurse. Aisha has vast experience in social services working with at risk youth in Toronto Community Housing working side by side with you and their families in building healthy neighborhoods. Aisha also was a placement student and later employed as a Support Worker for the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention supporting people living with and HIV/AIDS within African and Caribbean Diaspora. Aisha career in Social services assisted her in transitioning into healthcare as a Registered Practical Nurse for the City of Toronto Long Term Care Division.

 

 

Do you think that HIV/AIDS is a crisis in Toronto’s Black communities and do you have a VISION for the future of HIV/AIDS programming in Toronto? 

Would you like to LEAD the growth and development of an organization focused on supporting people living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS?

Are you interested in FUNDRAISING to address HIV/AIDS in our community?

If you do, Black CAP would like you to consider joining its Board of Directors.

The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) is Canada’s largest Black-specific AIDS service organization and has worked to respond to HIV and AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities since 1989. Our work is guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, which serves as a reminder of our commitment to the human rights of all Black people who are vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Black CAP’s mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities and enhance the quality of life of Black people living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS 

We provide services to heterosexual women and men; gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people; newcomers; youth; and others in every aspect of our work. Black CAP works to reduce the high rates of HIV in Toronto and supports people living with HIV through outreach, prevention, support and volunteer programming.  At Black CAP we recognize the unique impact of anti-Black racism and the stigma associated with HIV and sexual orientation. We also acknowledge the importance of confidentiality and have strict policies in place to protect the privacy of our clients.

Black CAP is a responsive and sustainable organization led by an empowered Board. Our Board fosters an environment where leadership is mentored. Black CAP is recruiting four (4) new Board members who can support the development of the organization. Board members are also asked to commit to a three-year term and are required to attend monthly Board meetings and at least one additional meeting per month. Board members are also expected to support agency fundraising and promote our work.  

We are seeking Board members who are engaged in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. Black CAP’s Board is also highly committed to recruiting PHAs (people living with HIV/AIDS) to lead the development of the organization and we strongly encourage PHAs to consider this opportunity. This year we are also focused on ensuring that the Board is balanced in relation to gender, gender identity, HIV status and age. We are also seeking members with knowledge of the impact of HIV in Toronto’s Black communities and skills/knowledge related to marketing and communications.

If you are interested in applying, please click here to download the application. Completed applications must be returned by email to board@black-cap.com. If you have any questions please email Andrew Campbell at board@black-cap.com