Board of Directors

Board Membership

Black CAP’s Board is a Policy Governance Board. That is, the Board sets the long term vision for the agency and focuses on the ‘big picture’ while staff focus on operations. Policy Boards set strategic directions, monitor the finances and budgets of the organization and ensure a level of accountability to the community, membership and clients.

Black CAP’s Board has twelve members and an Executive which comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Board members are also expected to commit to a three year term. Members should expect to attend two or three meetings per month, get involved in fundraising and in the promotion of the agency.

Required Skills and Attributes

Black CAP requires Board members with some of the following skills:
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Finance
  • Governance and Planning
  • Community Development
  • Program Evaluation
Board members must also have some familiarity with HIV/AIDS, STIs, and sexual health. We are also seeking individuals with experience working in Black, African and Caribbean communities.  Members must also be comfortable working in an environment which is focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, reducing homophobia, HIV related stigma and anti-black racism.

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. In keeping with GIPA (the greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS) principles Black CAP has a significant interest in enabling a safe and inclusive environment where PHAs can draw on their lived experiences with HIV/AIDS.

The Recruitment Process

Applications for Board membership are usually available in the August or September of each year. Applicants are assessed and short listed for an interview and successful applicants typically stand for nomination at our Annual General Meeting.

Black CAP’s Strategic Plan

Black CAP is specifically seeking Board members with the skills and vision to implement its 2006-2009 Strategic Plan.

Our strategic priorities are:

  1. Maintain and increase governance effectiveness - We aim to create a responsive and sustainable organization led by an empowered and involved Board which fosters an environment where leadership is mentored. Clear and defined organizational structures and systems that work within the culture of Black CAP will ensure effective governance and long-term planning. Increased effectiveness also enhances transparency and accountability to our communities and funders.
  2. Maintain and increase operational effectiveness - We aim to create a responsive and sustainable organization led by an empowered and involved staff which fosters an environment where leadership is mentored and operations are effective. Clear and defined organizational structures and systems that work within the culture of Black CAP will ensure effective management, program development, delivery and evaluation.
  3. Attract, maintain and support staff and volunteers to support the work of the organization - Our staff members and volunteers are the back bone of the organization. With skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate staff and volunteers, we will position Black CAP as a centre of excellence and leadership as well as enhance education programming and support service delivery.
  4. Build and expand our resource development capacities - Currently, 85% of our revenue comes from government grants and contracts, with 10% from foundation grants, 4% from fundraising, and 1% from individuals. Less reliance on government funding and increased fundraising activities will support our sustainability, relevant program service development and further demonstrate leadership
  5. Increase Black CAP’s visibility, profile and advocacy activities - We aim for increased accessibility through proactive community involvement and positioning Black CAP as a leader in HIV/AIDS Services with Black communities. We increase community education and service access through ongoing participation in community events, issues and partnerships. In addition, stronger community involvement will facilitate increased volunteerism within Black CAP and support the success of fundraising initiatives.
  6. Develop and enhance relationships with partners and communities - With increased funding competition, diverse community priorities and limited organization resources, strong and strategic partnerships and alliances with ethno racial local, national and international organizations will broaden and enhance our community reach and effectiveness.

Board of Directors

Angela Robertson - Chair

Angela Robertson is the Director of Equity and Community Engagement at Women’s College Hospital, and past Executive Director at Sistering: A Woman’s Place, a multi-service women’s organization for marginalized, poor and homeless women. Angela is an activist in the Black and women’s community and has been a member of other community Boards, including Nightwood Theatre, Central Neighbourhood House, and Second Harvest Board of Directors. Angela is also co-editor with Ena Dua of the book Scratching the Surface:  Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, published by Women’s Educational Press, and Coordinator of Sistering’s community-based research report Common Occurrence:  The Impact of Homelessness on Women’s Health. Angela is a founding member of Blockorama, a celebration of black PRIDE for the queer community from the African Disapora.  Angela was recognized by Toronto’s Now Magazine as one of the top 10 community activists on social justice issues, received the Rubena Willis Women of Distinction Award for her work on violence against women, and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Awards for her work on equality and social justice issues.  Angela was also a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Change in 2009. 

Trevor Gray - Co-Chair

Trevor Gray is a long time leader at Black CAP. He is presently employed at Prisoner's with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) as a Youth and Outreach Education Coordinator. Trevor was previously employed at Black CAP as the Men2gether Coordinator and Education Coordinator and at East Metro Youth Services Coordinator HIV/AIDS Prevention Project Facilitate Out and Proud group. Trevor’s volunteer experience includes the facilitation of the Black Queer Youth group at Supporting Our Youth, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canadian AIDS Society, Asian Community AIDS Services, City Of Toronto AIDS Grant Review Panel, the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and the Community Linked Evaluation AIDS Unit. Trevor has been recognized for his commitment to the HIV sector, and was recently awarded with the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Role Caregiver Award.

Michael Went - Treasurer

Michael Went is a Senior Municipal Financial Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, with experience in municipal government finance, urban planning and governance.  He recently completed a Masters of Business Administration degree.  Within Black CAP Michael’s primary focus has been to build a culture of fundraising to support innovative programs to both prevent HIV/AIDS transmission and to support people living with HIV/AIDS.  Michael’s other volunteer experience includes the Toronto Cyclists Union, Environmentally Sustainable Office Practices group, The 519 Church St. Community Centre, Pride@Work Canada, the Ontario Public Service Pride Network, the Out on Bay St. Business Conference, the Black Ontario Public Service Employees group.  Michael has worked and traveled extensively through Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.   

aakilah ade (Secretary)

aakilah ashanti ade RN CHPN(C) is a community health care professional in Toronto. She is a Registered Nurse who works as a palliative care consultant. aakilah also completed a previous term on Black CAP’s Board in the mid-nineties. aakilah is also CEO and founder of Palliative Care Canada, online consulting (www.palliativecarecanada.com). 

Akim Ade Larcher

Akim Adé Larcher, is currently the Director of Policy & Research at Egale Canada, a national LGBT human rights organization: advancing, equality, diversity, education, and justice. Akim maintains Egale Canada’s commitment to an intersectional approach by recognizing the linkages between different forms of oppression: for example, based on race, sex, class, religion, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. He is a current board member of the International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA) and the founder of Stop Murder Music (Canada). He is also the Founder of the Queer African and Caribbean Advisory Group (QACAG), a think tank of queers working on issues locally, nationally and internationally. His primary focus and concern lies in the discussion and development of sexual citizenship through transnational advocacy interventions. Akim is a 2008 Gordon Global Fellow sponsored by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation. This fellowship is awarded to emerging young Canadian leaders who have proven their commitment to and passion for enhancing Canada’s role in global politics. Akim’s fellowship investigated how Canada’s foreign aid can be used to advance a rights-based approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex issues in the Caribbean. 

Ronald Parker

Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Ron has worked to support the delivery of programs and services for people of colour living with HIV/AIDS for almost 20 years. A product of Xerox, CANON, Ricoh, the corporate world and of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Ron began his work in HIV/AIDS as a volunteer with AIDS Vancouver, eventually leading to various staff positions. While there, he created the Black AIDS Network (BAN) and with the help of other agencies, staff and volunteers, created and delivered HIV/AIDS supports and services to the Black communities in British Columbia, the 1st such service in Western Canada. Ron served as Executive Director, then Chair of the organization for seven years. Ron has also attended, participated in, given presentations and abstracts at numerous local, national and International AIDS Conferences all over the world. In addition, Ron has served on the boards for many years, of the Vancouver PWA Society, The Canadian AIDS Quilt, The BC AIDS Commission, The Global Network Of People With AIDS (GNP+), and was Co-Chair of the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).Ron brings to the board, a unique combination of experience, skills, perspective and his continued fight to improve the lives of all black people affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. 

Tiffany Amanda Ford

Tiffany is the owner and proprietor of Ford Publicity and has been a board member of Promoting Economic Action and Community Health (P.E.A.C.H) since 2006. Tiffany was previously a member of Jane Finch Concerned Citizens Organization (JFCCO) Advisory committee. She brings extensive skills in Marketing and Communications and Community Development. Tiffany is also a graduate of York University and holds an Honours B.A Degree in Communications & Sociology. 

Nik Redman

Nik Redman was born in Montreal, Canada to Bajan immigrants and grew up in Barbados and Canada . He is an artist, activist and community worker. He is also a member of the GBQ Trans Men’s Working Group that is part of Ontario Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance, MaBwana (Black/African/Caribbean MSM research project) Community Advisory Committee, the Prisoners Justice Action Committee and the Trans Fathers 2B Parenting Course Project Team. He is also an online facilitator for the Stop HIV Stigma campaign of the Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH). Nik has also participated on a number of Boards and advisory committees including the LGBT Youth Line, Block-o-rama, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore and the Inside Out programming committee.   

Roberta Timothy

Roberta has over 19 years working with cross-cultural diverse populations including newcomers, immigrants, refugees, underhoused populations, youth, sexually diverse populations, and women. She is a co-director of Continuing Healing Consultants which provides Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy™ training and clinical consultation to individual practitioners and community agencies. Roberta holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education, Community Development and Women and Gender Studies, and two Masters in Counselling Psychology and Political Science. She is also the Coordinator of BWWAD-Black Women/Women of African Descent.  

Leslie Ramsay-Taylor

Leslie is currently a full time Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Toronto and is a recent graduate of Ryerson University. Leslie has held number of positions in the social services sector in organizations such as Tumivut Youth Shelter, St. Christopher House, Jessie’s Centre for Teenagers, and Sistering – A Woman’s Place. Currently, Leslie is completing her fourth year internship/placement with the Human Sexuality Program at The Toronto District School Board, where she delivers anti-homophobia workshops in Toronto and the Peel Region.  Leslie is also a member of Perth Avenue Housing Co-operative Board and was also a Board member of Black CAP for a short term in the early nineties.  

Carol Chery

Carol Chery was born in St. Lucia, lived in Barbados as a teenager and immigrated to Canada in 1991.  She is currently volunteering as a co-facilitator for Black CAP’s LGBT Settlement Program, on the fundraising Committee of the South Riverdale Child-Parent Center and as the chair of the community organization, Friends of McCleary Playground.  Carol has volunteered in public relations, fundraising and event planning at Egale Canada and the Queer Parenting Network.  She was a also a member of the committee that founded the Queering the African and Caribbean Community Group.  Carol completed the Facilitator Training Course from the Women's Counselling Referral and Education Centre and facilitated the Women’s Discussion group at the 519.  She has also volunteered for Supporting Our Youth and Pride Toronto.  Carol recently took courses in education, social change and social justice at York. 

Maureen Owino

Maureen Owino is a community activist originally from Kenya, and has had a long history of activism and community services in HIV/AIDS in Africa and Canada. Maureen worked as a teacher for over ten years and also in many different capacities with a variety of organizations in Kenya including the Kenya Network of Positive Teachers; World Vision, and Young Women Living with HIV in Kenya. Since 2006, she has been an active organizer and advocate for immigrants, refugees, women and youth with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. She has been an active volunteer in many organizations such as Black CAP, Africans in Partnership Against AIDS, the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, AIDS Committee of Toronto, and is also a member of the Toronto HIV Network steering committee. Since November 2007, Maureen has been the Program Coordinator for the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) and has continued to play an instrumental role in mobilizing and supporting the diverse sectors amongst our community and is also in the steering committee for the Toronto HIV Network.

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