LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please email Andrew Campbell at email@example.com
Alexander Joseph MSC. B.Ed. Cert.Ed., Treasurer
Alexander is a graduate of the University of Birmingham UK. He holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting & Finance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Technology, Jamaica and a Certificate in Teacher Education from the University of the West Indies. Prior to arriving in Toronto in 2012, Alexander worked as Chief Executive Officer of the St. Lucia Credit Union League, a secondary school Business Education Teacher and managed his own business. Currently pursuing Chartered Professional Accountants designation – CPA Ontario, he has held accounting roles at the 519 Community Centre and City of Toronto. He also worked as Newcomer Orientation Coordinator at the 519 and was founding member of Canadian Legacy Refugee Advocacy Alliance (CLRAA). With a passion for advocacy on matters relating to immigration, race, sexuality, poverty and discrimination, combined with a love for business management, he is excited about making a positive contribution to Black CAP.
Andrew B. Campbell (DR. ABC), Ph.D., Chair
My name is Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (DR. ABC. I am a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, with a PhD. in Educational Leadership, Diversity & Policy. I have my teaching certification in Elementary Education from Mico University College, B.A. in General Studies and Counselling Psychology from the Jamaica Theological Seminary, and a M.Ed. In Educational Administration from the University of the West Indies. I am a Certified Ontario Teacher (OCT). I have written courses in courses in diversity and leadership and is presently conducting research that focuses on LGBTQ issues in formal schooling, diversity and inclusion, advocacy leadership, culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy (CRRP), and teacher performance evaluation (TPE). I enjoy food, fashion, and travelling. Andrew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Nurse, Secretary
Deborah Hinds-Nurse (Debz) is a lesbian woman passionate about social justice. An abhorrence for a world that structures people in specific places and status led her to a commitment of service to advance human development and social justice. Her life-long goal is to contribute towards a changing world by bending the arc towards justice. Debz is a PhD Candidate with Carleton University. Her research aims to understand how economics was both simultaneously liberating and impeding in the decriminalization of sodomy in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Debz hopes that her research would add to the body of knowledge that explores the links between HIV prevalence and decriminalization in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Debz has served on several boards in Ottawa, Toronto and in her native country of Barbados. Her stewardship at the governance level along with her professional skills in financial management, project management and policy analysis augurs well for service on the Board of Black CAP.
LGBTQI+ Advocate, Activist, Community Organizer and performing-artiste are few of the hats which Eva Simone wears. More specifically, as a Black, immigrant, Transgender-woman, Eva’s advocacy and activism, while not exclusive to, primarily stems from her own intersections and lived-experiences; as in her own words, “… Advocacy feels more authentic having lived-experiences. My very existence as a result of my intersections and lived-experiences is political, therefore I AM political.
Michael Gibbs has been volunteering and working in a professional capacity serving individuals affected and living with HIV/AIDS in North America and Jamaica for twenty years. These roles include volunteering with Jamaica AIDS Support for Life in Montego Bay, Jamaica and working as a registered nurse at the Centre for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Services (CHARES) in Kingston, Jamaica. He was a Case Manager supervisor at the Salvation Army in New York and volunteered and worked as an intern at the Southern Tier AIDS Program in Binghamton, New York in 2001 while pursuing a Masters degree at Binghamton University, SUNY. Since arriving in Canada in 2012 he has volunteered with several HIV/AIDS community based organizations. He is presently employed with the Ontario Public Service and considers himself a proud Public Servant.
Nik Redman is a dad to a wonderful 6 year-old. As an artist and activist he has found and embraced many communities in Toronto. He is proud of his Bajan roots and is a black queer trans man. Nik was one of the creators of “Primed: A Back Pocket Guide for Trans Guys and the Guys Who Dig ‘Em”. Nik has been co-investigator for the Trans MSM project and the Trans PULSE Project, a community-based research (CBR) project within Ontario’s Trans Community. Nik was one of the online facilitators for the province-wide HIV/AIDS-themed Stigma campaign. He currently works as a Grievance Officer with Local 1998 United Steelworkers Union who represent staff at the University of Toronto. In addition, Nik is a programmer for the Inside Out LGBTQ Film and Video Festival. As a member of Blackness Yes! he has been instrumental in programming Blockorama, the longest-running stage at Pride Toronto. He was a founding member of the Transparent-cy Working Group at The 519 Community Centre that helped to initiate the Trans-Fathers 2B course- the first course for trans men considering parenting in North America. He is also an award-winning DJ and writer.
I am a passionate, spirited, and multi-skilled IT professional, with over seven years combined experience in other relevant service industry sectors. My volunteer activities include outreach for the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, where I currently serve on the Board of Directors. With my vast experience, I’ve earned a wealth of dynamic and transferable skills which has enhanced my brain power; and has sharpened my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Some of these are inclusive of experience as a scientific and academic researcher and research assistant, mortuary assistant, media spokesperson, online blogger, social media architect, free-lance writer, peer-counselor and an educator from the secondary to tertiary level.
Cecile Peterkin, Vice-Chair