Meet QMUNITY’s New Executive Director – Osmel Guerra Maynes
March 5, 2018
QMUNITY’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Osmel Guerra Maynes as our new Executive Director.
Osmel Guerra Maynes (he/him/his) is a social justice activist who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda. Osmel identifies as an Afro Latino cisgender queer man.
Osmel immigrated to Canada as an international student in 2003 to pursue a Political Science Degree at Carleton University and worked to ensure access to education for marginalized communities through various student roles. Osmel has called Canada home for 10+ years.
During his time working with LGBTQ/2S community-based organizations in Toronto, Osmel focused his work on developing policy and procedures, strategic planning and program design in the non-profit membership-driven sector.
Osmel is excited and honoured to advance the vision and mission of QMUNITY and strongly believes in the power of inclusion to affect lasting social change.
QMUNITY is BC’s Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Centre, operating on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia. Q has been operating for 39+ years, offering 365 days a year of programming and services to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through support, connection, and leadership.
In May 2017 the City of Vancouver announced that QMUNITY would have a new home in a purpose-built facility located on the northeast corner of Davie Street and Burrard Street on property owned by the City of Vancouver. Osmel will be stewarding the new building process.
Osmel will start on April 16, 2018, and the QMUNITY team wishes him a safe move from Toronto to Vancouver.
Jeffrey Preiss, Manager of Community Engagement