Press Release: CoED Model Announcement

January 4, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 4, 2021

QMUNITY adopts shared leadership model, appoints new Co-Executive Director.

Recruitment for second Co-Executive Director continues.

QMUNITY is BC’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit resource centre, working to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through direct services, connection and leadership. QMUNITY and McLaren Housing Society will share a new, custom-built centre at Davie and Burrard, with an anticipated Fall 2023 move-in date.

QMUNITY is excited to announce a new phase in the organization’s growth and evolution through the adoption of a co-leadership model, with two Co-Executive Directors sharing leadership and decision-making responsibilities under a Board of Directors and the support of 10 part-time and full-time staff.

Joel Harnest has been appointed one of two Co-Executive Directors. Joel joined QMUNITY in 2015 and has worked extensively in community engagement, facilitation, education and growing a strong provincial network of LGBTQ2SAI+ service providers and allies. Under Joel’s leadership, QMUNITY will continue to grow its fee-for-service portfolio, including custom-designed educational workshops, community engagements, consultation services, professional development opportunities and keynote speeches. With over 5 years’ experience at QMUNITY, and over a decade working in the not-for-profit sector, Joel will also steward internal operations of QMUNITY, ensuring integrity and quality of systems, processes and policies.

QMUNITY’s Board of Directors is actively recruiting for a second Co-Executive Director, with strategic oversight of QMUNITY’s community-based programs and services including QMUNITY’s youth, seniors’, counselling and volunteer programs. Applications will be received and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, with a final selection to be made by March 2021.

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Tim Agg, [email protected]. Tim Agg has been acting Interim Executive Director since November 2019 and is providing on-going advisory services during QMUNITY’s leadership transition.

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