Tim Agg

Tim Agg

Interim Executive Director

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Tim was the Executive Director at PLEA Community Services Society for over 30 years, retiring in 2016. Two years later, he was appointed by the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to facilitate the Re-Imagining Community Inclusion initiative, a stakeholder  engagement process which created a ten-year road map for the development of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in BC. He was a board member of the former BC Human Rights Coalition, among other voluntary roles.

Q members and supporters with long memories may recall the days when we were known as the Vancouver Gay & Lesbian Community Centre. Tim co-chaired the board for three years. He signed the first lease for our Bute Street space in 1985, never imagining we would be here 35 years later!

Joel Harnest

Joel Harnest

Co-Executive Director

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Joel is a cis, queer, white settler, living and working on the unceded and occupied lands of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam peoples.  Joel joined QMUNITY in Spring 2015 as the Education & Training Coordinator before moving into his current role in May, 2018.

Joel brings over 10 years of experience in group facilitation, adult education, curriculum design and public speaking to his role at QMUNITY.  Most recently, Joel completed a Certificate in Dialogue & Civic Engagement from Simon Fraser University. Course learnings provided him with the opportunity to enhance his skills and abilities to bring groups of people together to have difficult conversations and co-create new knowledge and innovative solutions to address complex issues.

When Joel isn’t waxing poetic about queer revolutions or addressing the toxicity of misogyny, you might find him on some sports fields (oh, the irony) tossing a plastic, flying disc or kicking around a soccer ball.  His main mode of transportation is cycling, and he frequently pines for the long Vancouver summer days so he can try to survive ill-planned and under-prepared day-long bike trips.

Rana Nu

Rana Nu

Specialist, Education & Training

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Rana is a social activist for non-violent communication and human rights. Throughout more than 12-year of a career in civil society empowerment, peacebuilding, and community engagement, she has tailored and conducted training for civil society empowerment and social cohesion. Through these programs, she has helped to bridge the gap between people from different political affiliation, ethnics & believes, and increased their ability to lead the change and deal with the arising trauma and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

She is a trainer and facilitator of various thematic on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, psychosocial support, facilitation skills, negotiation and mediation, project planning and social entrepreneurship. Master trainer for two global programs developed by the British Council: “Active Citizens” and “Leadership in Community Development”. Worked with different activists and trainers worldwide (Canada, USA, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Jennie MacPhee-Woodburn

Jennie MacPhee-Woodburn

Social Worker, Counselling & Youth Support Services, RSW (#13963)

Pronouns: She/ Her

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Jennie first joined the Q team as a Practicum Student in the Youth Program while they were completing their BSW. They stayed on as a volunteer and recently took on additional responsibilities as the Drop-In facilitator.

Aside from their educational achievements and volunteer history with QMUNITY, Jennie brings a great deal of warmth, a calm, reassuring presence and a remarkable desire to help improve the lives of LGBTQ/2S people – not to mention a love for Tegan and Sara that is second to none

Han Hugessen

Han Hugessen

Specialist, Youth Programming

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

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Han grew up in Australia and moved from a desert wasteland to a frozen one in 2017; they have been living and working on the unceded and ancenstral lands of the Squamish, Tseil-Waututh and Musqueam peoples ever since. Han has worked with youth for over 10 years in teaching and youth working capacities, working with culturally and linguistically diverse youth, youth experiencing homelessness and youth with disabilities. Han is passionate about providing safe spaces for LGBTQ2S+ youth where their unique strengths and resilience can be recognised and celebrated.

Han has a trio of Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Science, Film and Performance and strongly believes in the importance of a diverse range of experiences being represented by, for and about young people. In their free time Han can be found going for long runs without appropriate rain gear, reading feminist dystopian fiction and inflicting affection upon ambivalent cats.

Tamara Touma

Tamara Touma

Visual Communications Designer

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Tamara has been working in graphic design since 2012, what started as a hobby and a desire to alter their favourite images of long-time crush Johnny Depp, ended with her self-teaching and developing skills in design and visual graphics, taking on a more professional turn into a career as a designer in 2014.

Tamara’s experience includes both digital and print media, as well as social media coordination and strategy, content development for social networks on various channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

Tamara was born and raised in Syria, before moving to Vancouver to the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in 2018, they lived and worked in Dubai as an Architect. She is happy to be putting use of their skills set and experience for the benefit of the local LGBTQ2S+ community.

Driven by her love and passion for design, Tamara enjoys the creative process of interpreting ideas and concepts into creative visuals. They take it even further outside the workplace where they often practice sketching and drawing, creating unique tattoo designs drawn by the beauty and complexity of the art of tattooing.

Courtney Dieckbrader

Courtney Dieckbrader

Specialist, Seniors Programming

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Courtney comes from Vancouver Island but has been living and working in Greater Vancouver for the past 6 years. Her passion for working with seniors comes from the friendships she made working as a front desk concierge at a retirement facility in Victoria and the strong relationships she has with the older generations in her family. When she isn’t hiking around the unceded Indigenous territories her family settled on, she enjoys watching her Aunts play Hockey ‘Go Boda Go’ and working in her garden.

Courtney strongly believes that seniors program development starts with a conversation and becomes something truly special with strong input from the community we serve. She has the utmost respect for the experience each older adult and senior brings to the table and wants to hear from you! Drop her an email or give a call anytime. She loves a good chat.

Kris Meier

Kris Meier

Volunteer Coordinator

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Kris is a colourful nonbinary human who grew up on the occupied territories of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ Nations.

They are happiest when creating art, digging in dirt or daydreaming of a future full of binary-breaking unicorns. They have been called many things over the years, but you may call them Kris, or Boots!

Jason Hjalmarson

Jason Hjalmarson

Fundraiser

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Jason began his non-profit career as a door to door fundraiser in 2009. Since then, he’s spent over a decade using his fundraising skills to support different progressive causes. He’s passionate about social justice and working to create positive social change. Jason loves watching horror movies with his friends, taking care of his pet cat, and talking about politics. You can often find him reading on his balcony in East Vancouver.

Jeylan Bishop

Jeylan Bishop

Administrator

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Jeylan is a queer mixed person of white and West Indian ancestry. She has spent a significant amount of time on the territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, living and working on various Southern Gulf Islands. Jeylan is interested in community planning and building relationships; She brings to her role lots of experience in community care from years of small-town living. If she’s not bookkeeping and organizing files, she can be found watering plants or in the woods trying to improve her husky’s recall.

Dr. Lior Ben Avraham

Dr. Lior Ben Avraham

Clinical Supervisor

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Lior is a cis, queer, Registered Clinical Social Worker with rich experience working with LGBTQ2SAI+ individuals. Born and raised in Israel, he lived ten years in the U.S. before moving to Vancouver in 2017—a city he is proud to call home. He earned his MSW degree at NYU, where he completed his practicum at the Ali Forney Center, the largest provider dedicated to homeless LGBTQ2SAI+ youth in the U.S.; and at Queens Pride House, the diversity center of Queens, NYC. After graduation, he worked as a mental health provider and a team leader in person-centered programs in California. Seeking to learn more about theory and practice, Lior then pursued a doctorate of clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Upon moving to Vancouver, Lior worked at Vancouver Coastal Health as a social worker and mental health counselor, caring for residents of downtown Vancouver who had a range of psychosocial needs, and as a counselor in the Trans Specialty Care clinic, supporting trans people in their gender journey. Nowadays, in addition to serving as the Clinical Supervisor for QMUNITY, he runs a private practice. Through the lens of intersectionality, Lior promotes anti-oppressive and trauma-informed practices and is a strong advocate of LGBTQ2SAI+ affirmative therapy—a therapeutic approach that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ2SAI+ identities and relationships, and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ2SAI+ clients. 

When he is not busy raising his one-year-old baby with his partner, you can find Lior cooking vegetarian food, having fun on the trail, growing his orchids, and caring for his lovely cat.