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Black CAP Appoints New Executive Director

We are happy to announce the appointment of Gareth Henry as Black CAP’s new Executive Director. We are especially excited to welcome Gareth to the team as he brings a wealth of community and senior leadership experience. Gareth has played leadership roles in the non-profit and HIV sectors for almost twenty years. He has held roles at Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), The 519 Church Street Community Centre and, most recently, the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA). Gareth has also served as Board Chair at Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA) for more than six years. He also holds a Master of Arts (MA), Communication for Social and Behaviour Change and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. 

“I am honoured to have been chosen as the new Executive Director of Black CAP. For three decades, this organization has stood tirelessly at the forefront of initiatives and services to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean, and Black community, while providing compassionate and comprehensive support to those courageously living with HIV/AIDS. Black CAP as an organization has remained resolute and unwaveringly committed to this mission, even when this work has been challenging and at times daunting,” says Gareth.

Board Chair Andrew Campbell adds, “Black CAP is so happy to welcome Gareth to the team. One of his first roles will be to lead the implementation of our new 2019-2024 strategic plan and build on our strong ties to the community, excellent programs, ensure our sustainability and lead us into new areas of work. We are excited to pass the baton to Gareth and support him in this role.” 

Gareth adds that, “As Executive Director, it is my goal and my ambition to continue to move this work forward, leading the bold action, strategic partnerships, and authentic community engagement that has been the backbone and hallmark of Black CAP’s impact in Toronto’s Black community. I am pleased to bring more than 17 years of experience working with the Black and LGBTQ communities in both Canada and my homeland of Jamaica into this role.” 

Over the past several months, a recruitment committee of the Black CAP board conducted an extensive recruitment and interview process, interviewing several highly qualified candidates. “As the Chair of the Black CAP Board, leading a transparent and inclusive recruitment process has been one of the most important leadership roles for our Board. This was not an easy task for the Recruitment Committee as we wanted to ensure that we found someone strong enough to lead this organization, creative enough to lead change and sensitive enough to engage our community. Our Board is both unified and confident in our choice,” says Andrew. The Board would also like to thank Beth Jordan, of Adobe Consulting Services, for her support throughout the recruitment process.  

The Board would also like to extend its appreciation to Shannon Ryan for his leadership over the past thirteen years. Shannon has served as Black CAP’s Executive Director since July 2006 and he has played an important role in building Black CAP into a leading organization in Ontario’s HIV and health sectors. Shannon will continue to play a leadership role in Ontario’s HIV sector as he has accepted the Executive Director role at the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN). We wish him luck as he takes the next steps in his career. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Board Chair Andrew Campbell at board@black-cap.com.