Press Release: Co-ED Model Announcement

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, 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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