Andrea Oakunsheyld

Andrea Oakunsheyld

Co-Chair

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Andrea is a white settler and a curvy, neurodivergent, disabled, queer, bigender woman currently organizing on the traditional, ancestral, and stolen lands of the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. Andrea is a professional planner, facilitator, and consultant; her work focuses primarily on community planning with Indigenous and equity-seeking communities, strategic planning, and equity consultation and training services. Andrea has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Urban Studies from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Community and Regional Planning with a concentration in Indigenous Community Planning from UBC.

Andrea’s planning and leadership praxes are centered on intersectional equity and justice work based on Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality. Andrea is passionate about planning from the margins and working in solidarity with frontline communities, recently launching her own consulting company.

More personally, Andrea is a chronic theory nerd and an Oxford comma enthusiast with a “burn it to the ground” kind of heart.

Anthony Azar

Anthony Azar

Secretary

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His

Anthony is a human resources professional who works in the technology consulting sector at a company called Traction on Demand. He is BC born and raised and is fortunate to live and work on the traditional and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. He recently graduated with his master’s in management analytics and is excited to venture into the people (HR) analytics space. Giving back to the not-for-profit sector is a part of his calling and he has served on other LGBTQ boards and as a facilitator at the Vantage Point.

Anthony has grown up on the west coast, and lives with his partner and corgi in Gastown. When not working, studying or volunteering, you will find him outside in the parks and beaches of the city.

Astha Dalakoti

Astha Dalakoti

Director

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Astha Dalakoti is an international development professional, a queer feminist, an immigrant of colour, and a person with cultural roots in India, China and Canada. She holds a MA in Asia Pacific Public Policy from the University of British Columbia, with a thematic focus on health and gender, and a BA in Psychology from McGill University.

Over the past decade, Astha has primarily lived and worked abroad (in India, China, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kenya). With over 6 years of experience in international development, Astha specializes in strategic planning and monitoring, donor relations, communication and advocacy. She is a collaborator at heart, and enjoys working with people from all walks of life to uphold a shared vision of social justice and human rights. Fluent in English and Mandarin, Astha also provides translation, interpretation and copyediting services.

Astha has volunteered with various queer organizations over the years, and supported queer movements around the globe. She recently moved back to Vancouver, located on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. She hopes to support QMUNITY to improve the lives of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities in BC.

In her free time, Astha loves exploring the great outdoors with her spouse Meredith and their dog Elfi.

Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath

Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath

Director

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath, MSW, RSW, LCSW is descendant from the Arawak Nation (located in the Caribbean) on her mother’s side (as well as German) and Irish and Finnish on her fathers. She is originally from Massachusetts (on the occupied and stolen land of the Pennacook) and her tribal community is Guainia (GWIE NEE AH). Cheyenne is also a Jingle Dress Dancer and her indigenous name given to her in ceremony is Yamoca Bana’ru (Two Feathered Woman). She graduated from Salem State University in 2019 with her Master of Social Work Degree and is licensed as a Registered Social Worker (British Columbia Canada) and a licensed Certified Social Worker (Massachusetts).

Currently, Cheyenne lives and works on the unceded Coast Salish Territory; specifically the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She works as a Clinical Counsellor at Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) with Indigenous youth ages 13-24 who are using substances and also working through mental health concerns. Prior to coming to UNYA, she worked in Shawmut, Massachusetts (known as Boston) with LGBTQ2s+ youth who were at risk for/ or currently being commercially sexually exploited, many of which were also experiencing homelessness.

Cheyenne is a fierce advocate for her communities and is never afraid to speak up, challenge, or question the way things are being done. She strives to leave spaces healthier and better than when she joined and hopes to continue to help QMUNITY grow and expand into the future. In Cheyenne’s counselling role, she practices from a philosophy of meeting youth where they are at and holding space for them to express and work through what they need. She applies Indigenous philosophies with a two eyed seeing, practices healing through culture, and conventional therapeutic approaches. When she isn’t working or participating in community events, you can find her binge watching true crime shows or walking along the beach with her partner and her dog Chickpea.

Christopher (Topher) Vollan

Christopher (Topher) Vollan

Chair

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His

Growing up in the hospitality industry in the Okanagan Valley and trained as a structural engineer, Topher’s paid work is in the world of multi-use and commercial real estate development and construction across Metro-Vancouver with experience in Alberta, California, Nevada and Arizona.

An avid urbanist and committed agent of positive change, Toph also volunteers on the board of The Urbanarium (https://urbanarium.org/), an organization committed to advancing Vancouver’s city living conversation.

As an intellectual idealist, hopeful humanitarian and avid amateur photographer, Topher brings creativity, insight and compassion to each undertaking; working collaboratively with stakeholders and teams to evolve deeply considered projects with meaningful purpose for the people and communities they serve.

Topher has served on the QMUNITY Board since the fall of 2018.

 

Evie Mandel

Evie Mandel

Director

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Evie Mandel loves green spaces, good food with good company, and diverse communities. Her grandparents came to the Canadian prairies from Eastern Europe about 110 years ago, fleeing the persecution of the Jews and bequeathing her a sense of history and the movement of peoples. She grew up in Edmonton on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for many Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, and Inuit. After many years travelling and working outside of Canada, she is now grateful to live in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.

Evie started her working life as a bookseller, which left time in the evenings to organize Take
Back the Night marches and edit a lesbian magazine called Diversity that once existed in
Vancouver. She then became an accountant (CPA) and management consultant. She worked
internationally for the World Health Organization and other parts of the UN, and then locally
for UBC, managing budgets, implementing new systems, and supporting organizations to
deliver their programs more effectively. She still thinks a good spreadsheet is a thing of beauty.

These days Evie is also on the board of her East Van housing coop and is enjoying spending
more time close to home with her wife.

Glen Stratton

Director

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His

Glen is from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. He is a lawyer at Singleton, Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, practising in workplace law and commercial litigation. He advises clients on workplace law and advising on human rights issues. He also works in entertainment law, assisting with financing applications and with litigating commercial disputes. Glen understands the human component of workplace law-related issues. He volunteers at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic. Glen was called to the British Columbia bar in 2019 and is a recipient of the J.E (Jack) Klinck Award that supports Indigenous law students.

Malcolm Horne

Malcolm Horne

Treasurer

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His

Malcolm is a finance professional with experience in external reporting, audit, controls and financial systems. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Accounting from the University of British Columbia. While born and raised in Vancouver, Malcolm moved back to the city in early 2020 from a job assignment in Dallas, Texas. Currently his work involves implementing a new financial system for a global manufacturing company based in Vancouver. Malcolm is excited to bring his financial background to the not-for-profit sector through QMUNITY.

Rowan Meredith

Rowan Meredith

Director

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Rowan is a lawyer with a JD in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law from UCLA and an LLM in Media Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She works as in-house Legal Counsel at BroadbandTV. Rowan has a long history of volunteer work with non-profits, including Random Acts, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, Atira Women’s Resource Society, and the International OCD Foundation. Rowan lives and works on the traditional lands of the sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen First Nation).

Stephen Menon

Stephen Menon

Staff Liaison

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His

Stephen is a seasoned  product professional in the  conversational AI, FinTech and financial services industry. Stephen Is current the SVP of Product and Design at Finn AI where he leads the Product management, Product marketing  and product design functions, Stephen joined Finn AI in Late 2017, as a sole contributor in product and lead building out both the product function and helped in the creation Finn AI’s two core SaaS product offerings.

Previous to Finn AI Stephen spend over  12 years of working experience in various lines of business within banking, Stephen formerly served as VP of Operations at MBNA (acquired by Bank of America) and SVP of Marketing and Product. He later moved to TD Bank as AVP responsible for consumer credit cards, including the launch of Aeroplan.

While at both Bank of America and TD Stephen served on both organizations executive LGBTQ2+ employee affinity groups helping promote a more incline workplace for queer employees.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Stephen received his Bachelor of Commerce (honours) from Queens school of business Stephen has been active in LGBTQ2+ organizations across Canada, including being a former board member and treasurer at The 519 in Toronto, creating and organizing human right panel conversations in conjunction with Vancouver pride society from 2017-2019 and also currently sits on the board of Raincity Housing.