Morgan Camley

Morgan Camley

Chair

Pronouns: She/Her

Morgan Camley is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP.  Her varied practice includes general complex commercial litigation and Aboriginal law, as well as municipal, regulatory, and  criminal law. Morgan represents clients at all levels of court and in arbitration in British Columbia and Yukon. Morgan is a contributing editor to Fraser, Horn & Griffin, The Conduct of Civil Litigation in British Columbia, looseleaf (Ontario: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2007), a cornerstone resource for the litigation bar in British Columbia.

Morgan is a graduate of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and of Queens Law.  Following graduation from Queens, Morgan was a judicial law clerk at the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Morgan maintains a busy pro bono practice representing clients with a variety of legal issues including criminal law. As a result of her work, Morgan was named the recipient of the 2009 Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award.

Morgan is the past Co-Chair of the Mabel League in Vancouver and a past member at large on the Board of Directors for Access Pro Bono.  Morgan demonstrates a strong commitment to community through her volunteer activities which include acting as the Chair of the Board of Directors for QMUNITY. In 2014, Morgan was named a finalist for the PRIDE Legacy Awards recognizing her outstanding achievement as a Community Leader.

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Hinds

Stephen Hinds

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Stephen Hinds was born in Reading, England and later grew up in Canada. He has called Vancouver home for the past 25 years and lives with his partner in Vancouver’s West End.

Stephen has worked in both the private and public sector, primarily in Human Resources leadership positions and has successfully led organizational teams through both large and small scale change initiatives.  As part of the change process, Stephen has enjoyed building organizational capacity and has facilitated learning events on many topics that support human development.

Throughout Stephen’s career, he has been actively involved in the community sector and has been a part of successful fundraising campaigns and hopes to bring his experience to support QMUNITY and build on its rich history.

Stephen holds an M.A. in Organizational Conflict Analysis and Management, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Tara Kemes

Tara Kemes

Pronouns: She/Her

Tara Kemes is a human resources professional who has focused on culture, recruiting and talent development within the digital media industry for the last 16 years. From the small Okanagan town of Oliver, Tara moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies. She is a founding member of the grassroots organization Drawn Together Vancouver, which empowers and advances women in the art, technical & business sectors of the digital screen industry, leading to greater diversity and equality in storytelling.

For seven years at the Vancouver Film School, Tara has been instructing courses in the animation programs to prepare students to successfully navigate their entrances into their professional careers. Since 2010, she has been a volunteer knowledge philanthropist with Vantage Point, Transforming Not-for Profit Leadership, facilitating workshops in the realm of human resources.

While not a parent herself, Tara fulfilled a life dream of experiencing pregnancy and childbirth as a surrogate for two caring dads. She believes in the power of community and what we can accomplish through connectivity and drive. This same drive has brought Tara to the QMUNITY Board.

Heather Northrup

Heather Northrup

Pronouns: She/Her

Heather Northrup works as a Senior Advisor in Regulatory Affairs and Compliance for HSBC Bank Canada. A lawyer by trade, she has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years providing legal advice to organizations such as Vancity Credit Union and the Royal Bank of Canada. She started her career in private practice with Borden Ladner Gervais’ insolvency group. Her experience includes expertise in risk management, corporate governance and labour and employment law.

Heather has taken an active role in Vancouver’s community over the years. She has served on the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres’ Board and as Vice Chair of BC’s Provincial Child Care Council where she represented parents’ interests in advocating for affordable quality child care. More recently she has been active in her neighbourhood street’s sponsorship of two Syrian refugees.

She lives with her partner Joshua in Vancouver’s Eastside and is the proud mum of two children, one of whom recently taught her everything she needs to know about pronouns. She is thrilled to be an ally for QMUNITY.

Heather Clarkson

Heather Clarkson

Pronouns: She/Her

Heather Clarkson works as a Strategy Manager for RBC, with a focus on Diversity & Inclusion.  Her previous roles include resource & capacity management, training & development, branch leadership and operations.  Heather spent three years as co-chair of RBC’s LGBTQ/2S Employee Resource Group in B.C., supporting the inclusion and engagement of LGBTQ/2S employees across the province.  Through this work, Heather has increased her involvement with LGBTQ/2S related organizations, which is where she was first introduced to QMUNITY.

Heather was born and raised in Squamish, BC, and moved to Vancouver in 2003.  She spent some time studying criminology before realizing that it was more of an interest than a career.  She has since returned to school to complete her Project Management certification and looks forward to continuing to advance her education.  Heather currently resides in New Westminster with her partner; in their free time, the two of them can be found enjoying local trails with their dog.

Cynthia Brooke

Cynthia Brooke

Pronouns: She/Her/They

Cynthia Brooke is a stevedore working the docks and ships of Vancouver’s port. She is also a human rights educator focused on union and labour movements.

Originally from San Francisco, Cynthia grew up and came out in Vancouver during the early years of The Centre (which was to become QMUNITY), and was involved in hosting Gay Games, ACT UP, The Lesbian Avengers, and The Lesbian Centre. Cynthia is sustained by a lifelong commitment to social justice and community, especially BIPOC2, equity, equality, and deep diversity.

Cynthia lives, works, and plays in Vancouver’s Eastside, where her partner River Tucker runs Fox and Unicorn Athletics, which is the home of Queer Box Camp.

Cynthia is excited to bring her experience and curiosity to the QMUNITY board.