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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. 

 

Alex Watson-Rowe, Secretary

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.

 

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.

 

Sherwin Modeste

Sherwin has 20+ years combined experience in community health and community development with leading large teams in developing, delivering and evaluating programs and services that seeks to improve quality and support for vulnerable individuals. Sherwin has a proven track record in successful management of major intersectoral projects involving multiple stakeholders across the City, other orders of government, community agencies and others.  Sherwin currently work as Director, Community Health at Vibrant Healthcare Alliance. Sherwin also spent 15 years at Toronto Community Housing in several position including Manager, Resident Engagement & Community Development and Manager, Grants Development and Sponsorships.

Sherwin has a passion for advocacy and promotion of human rights and equity issues at the local, regional, national and international level in support of removing barriers that prevents individuals from reaching their full potential.  Other leadership roles include being the board chair of Second Base Youth Shelter; and, National Diversity Vice-President for CUPE. 

 

Nik Redman

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.

 

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Andre Rowe

As a young, innovative and goal oriented young queer man Andre Rowe began his career studying Food and Beverage Management at The University of Technology, Jamaica. After being accepted to Academy of Art, San Francisco and not being able to fund his way through fashion school decided to peruse his dreams locally. He launches into the fashion scene in 2008 during Style Week Jamaica and has since been featured in numerous publications locally and internationally. Andre have dress many of Kingston’s elite corporate executives and celebrities such as Kelly Tomblin of JPS and Christopher Barnes of the Gleaner.

When Andre is designing, He is inspired by shapes, architecture, and color. Every design focuses on flattering his client’s body, making him or she stands out in the crowd. He develops such approach from his own life style as a young queer man .He wanted to see a different look in the industry and in order to see that he felt he could make such a change. Andre’s technical knowledge of a garment’s proper fit and design, combined with His natural creative abilities, results in an effortless and wearable line that reflect the individual he is herself; strong, fashionable, fun, and fearless.

Andre believes in the importance of community involvement, inspiring others and giving back. Especially after the challenges he faced being queer in Jamaica .When he is not designing, he is an ambassador for the University of Technology and is on the committee for numerous corporate marketing / entertainment projects. As a certified Pastry Chef his creativity has no boundary, as a result on his off days from designing he is hitting the kitchen putting his culinary skills to the test.  He has since added to his portfolio of Activities being the Creative director of Red Fashion Film festival. The Red Fashion Film Festival is a unique collaboration between Andre Rowe Designs and AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) Jamaica. This specialty film festival encourages filmmakers to submit short narrative films centered on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

As critic of fashion, film and a queer oriented lifestyle Andre strives to be as great as his idol John Galliano while seeing a reflection of his self through an Alexander Wang. Andre continues to provide guidance in helping other young, aspiring fashion designers and young professional who has recently moved to Toronto, Canada to realize their dreams while building on his own.

 

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.  

 

Chinyere Ijeoma Ikeji 

My name is Chinyere Ijeoma Ikeji. I am from Lagos Nigeria. I have a B.sc in Marketing and I worked as a freelance in Marketing research recruitment for more than 10years.
I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities here in Canada and give my life meaning by making impact in my community.  

  

 

 

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