Morgan Camley

Morgan Camley

Chair

Pronouns: She/Her

Morgan Camley is a lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP in the Vancouver Litigation Group. Morgan is primarily a civil litigator but she maintains an active criminal and administrative practice. Born and raised in Vancouver, Morgan received her undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and her law degree from Queen’s University in Ontario. She also attended a term at the University of Hangzhou (now Zhejiang), in China.

Morgan actively provides pro bono assistance to individuals charged with criminal offences. As a result of this work, she was named the 2009 Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award. Morgan is also a recognized mentor having been named the 2011 McCarthy Tétrault “Student Mentor of the Year”. Morgan sits on the Board of Directors for Access Pro Bono and she is the past Co-Chair of the Mabel League Women’s Fastpitch League in Vancouver. Morgan and her partner Sonya are the happy but tired parents of a toddler.

Simone Longpré

Simone Longpré

Vice-chair

Pronouns: She/Her

Simone Longpré completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies at UBC and has been teaching courses in Health Promotion, Field Placement and Sport Sociology in the UBC School of Kinesiology for 15 years. She is currently on a break from teaching and has taken on the position of Coordinator of the School of Kinesiology’s Co-operative Education Program.

Simone has been actively involved in the fitness and sport community in Vancouver and the lower mainland for over 20 years, most significantly in the field of gender equity. She was on the Board of ProMOTION Plus, the BC organization for Girls and Women in Sport for 4 years and held the position of Chair for 2 years. An accomplished speaker and facilitator, she continues to play an active role in the community raising awareness on topics concerning gender equity, sexism and homophobia in sport.

Kasey Reese

Kasey Reese

Treasurer

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Kasey Reese recently retired from TELUS where he served as the Vice President for Risk Management and Chief Internal Auditor (from 2002-2014) and where he was one of the founding members of the TELUS Diversity and Inclusiveness Council and of the TELUS LGBTQ/2S resource group – Spectrum.

Kasey holds professional certifications in internal auditing, control self assessment and risk management assurance; an MBA from DePaul University; and has over 30 years work experience in corporate governance, internal audit assurance, strategic enterprise risk management, and continuous process improvement.

Kasey and his spouse, Javier Barajas, are actively involved in both the LGBTQ & Latin American communities in Vancouver (and previously in Chicago) and are long time supporters of a number of wonderful organizations in both communities. Kasey was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He and Javier relocated to Vancouver in 2002 and were married in 2003 (after being together for ten years).

James Tod

James Tod

Pronouns: He/Him/His

James Tod is a land development consultant and principle of his own firm JTA Development Consultants, which focuses primarily on complex zoning and mixed-use housing projects. He studied at the University of British Columbia and received his undergraduate in english literature in 2003, after which, he became involved in Vancouver’s architectural and development industries and has pursued this path ever since.

For over a decade he has fostered an extensive network with key private and public organizations, civic authorities and community advocacy groups. He has also been involved in several successful fundraising campaigns and efforts for non-profit groups and hopes to use his experience to support QMUNITY. He holds the view that meaningful development must solve multiple problems in order to be truly sustainable and hopes to build upon this as part of QMUNITY’s Board which he joined in 2013.

Yogi Omar

Yogi Omar

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Yogi Omar is a proud co-owner of InspirationAll Talent & Modeling Agency, a Vancouver-based talent agency that focuses on representing talent of ALL colors, curves, and communities. Yogi is also a singer with Vancouver Men’s Chorus as well as a Producer for various short films & web series. Born and raised in Indonesia, Yogi moved to Vancouver in 2001 and when he first came out to his Chosen Family, they took him to Little Sister’s Bookstore and QMUNITY’s Gab Youth.

Social justice is not just a passion of his, it’s in his blood. In 2013, he organized Kiss-In Protests in front of the Russian embassy. He has been involved in various roles in Vancouver non-profit organizations including Out on Screen, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and GLASS Youth Choir. He’s excited to join the QMUNITY Board to contribute his enthusiasm and to create positive change in BC’s LGBTQ/2S communities.

Janice Stewart

Janice Stewart

Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them/Their

Dr. Janice Stewart is a faculty member in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Chair of Critical Studies in Sexuality (Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia). Janice is a gender nonconforming, queer advocate for social justice efforts within higher education and far beyond the University.

Dr. Janice Stewart’s research focuses on social media, sexuality and gender and the politics of social justice initiatives that aim to create and to support, all-genders, trans, and queer public knowledge sites. Janice is excited about joining the board of QMUNITY and working for our communities.

Cory Olson

Cory Olson

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Born and raised in Edmonton, Cory has also lived in Calgary and Montreal and has been living in Vancouver since the summer of 2013. He works as a Compliance Director with TELUS Communications, providing insight, guidance and training to multiple business units across the enterprise with a focus on managing legal and reputational risk.

Cory has also been active in the community sector, volunteering with a number of organizations and served as a member of the Board for Aids Community Care Montreal. Cory joined the QMUNITY Board of Directors in 2014.

Harlan Pruden

Harlan Pruden

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Harlan (First Nation Cree/nēhiyaw) works with the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program and is the Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com, an interactive multi-platform Two-Spirit media/news site and serves as the principal Two-Spirit consultant to USA Federal Agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center.

In August 2014, Harlan was appointed to the USA’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS where he works to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House and will continue serving in the post until January 2017. Harlan also serves as an Honorary Committee Member of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, Canada, and in the spring of 2013, Harlan was appointed to be a representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS. Before moving to Vancouver in the spring of 2015, Harlan called New York City home and was a co-founder and former Director of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society.

Harlan brings considerable not-for-profit governance experience, a deep knowledge of the Two-Spirit community and an enormous amount of positive energy to the QMUNITY Board. With Harlan’s appointment, QMUNITY takes another step toward meeting our commitment to reconciliation and meaningful inclusion of the Two-Spirit community in the daily life and fabric of QMUNITY.

Mary K. Bryson

Mary K. Bryson

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Dr. Mary K. Bryson is Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation, in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Bryson holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts, and is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ).

Mary’s Cancer’s Margins research (www.lgbtcancer.ca) is Canada’s first nationally funded, nation-wide study of LGBT cancer. Cancer’s Margins advances knowledge concerning sexual and gender marginality, and how LGB/T people experience cancer, share cancer knowledge and design and manage care networks. Mary is a gender nonbinary, queer and trans advocate for social justice efforts within higher education and far beyond the University. Most recently, Mary has served as a proud Board of Directors member of Vancouver’s Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre which provides low-barrier wellness services to transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Lisa Salazar

Lisa Salazar

Pronouns: She/Her

Born in Colombia, raised in California and, as she puts it, sprouted in Vancouver, Lisa has a BA in Graphic Design and has worked professionally as a freelance designer, art director and photographer for four decades.

In 2008 she transitioned at the age of 58. Lisa imagined she’d have a very private existence after transition, that is until she was invited to speak at Interesting Vancouver 2010. To her shock and surprise, she discovered she had a voice.

Later that year she initiated an international letter-writing campaign in opposition to the Ugandan “Kill the Gays Bill,” complete with a website that reported on the status of the legislation and all the contact information for all 287 members of the Ugandan Parliament. Her efforts had unexpected consequences; she was able to help several Ugandan LGBTQ citizens find safe havens abroad.

Lisa now devotes much of her time to advocacy and education on trans issues, including engaging in meaningful conversations with communities of faith. Lisa has been a volunteer with Qmunity since 2012 as a Queer Competency workshop co-facilitator.