Contact

Services: 514 527 0928
Admin: 514 529 9462

2075 Rue Plessis
Montréal (Québec)
H2L 2Y4

Monday to Thursday
10am - 6pm

Staff

Faraz Abdullah

IT Coordinator

Faraz is responsible for keeping ACCM’s hardware running and providing technical support to staff. They monitor the security of ACCM’s technical infrastructure and provide advice and direction regarding the organization’s technical needs.

In their spare time, they are a member of the Qouleur Qollective and write stories about queer and trans youth of colour who save people from monsters and aliens. They also help in the day-to-day administration of Creations Li ceramics studio.

Sylvain Beaudry

Coordinator of Treatment Information Services

Sylvain provides information on HIV and hepatitis C treatment through workshops and individual counseling. He keeps people informed about recent medication developments by presenting information in clear and simplified language.

Sylvain is currently pursuing an MA in social work and is interested in developing community research at ACCM focused on aging with HIV, as well as aboriginal men who have sex with men.

Jordan Coulombe

Communications Coordinator

Jordan develops and oversees internal and external communications, as well as branding and messaging for ACCM. He also promotes organizational activities, events, services, and programs, as well as develops ACCM’s media visibility and web presence.

Jordan studied literature and sexuality at Concordia University and his graduate work focused on gay print media production. He currently publishes Crooked Fagazine (www.crookedfagazine.com), an independent magazine for candid, confessional LGBT creative writing.

Roberto Gerrard-Martinez

Projects Assistant

Roberto supports a variety of programs, including Artsida, our food security initiatives, collaborations with on-campus student groups, member events like the holiday party, community day, and SextEd trivia nights.

Roberto is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in political science, communications, and management at McGill University. His interests include swimming, human rights issues, travelling, hiking, and electronic music.

Matthew Halse

Executive Director

Matthew Halse supports ACCM's staff and volunteers, overseeing the organization's strategic objectives, fundraising, programs and services, community building, communications, media relations, and daily operations.

Matthew holds a PhD in political theory with a specialization in HIV, and teaches part-time at Western University. He has written and spoken widely on PrEP and political participation, the history of HIV, contemporary politics, and queer literature.

Andrea Kornacki

Volunteer Coordinator

Andrea recruits new volunteers and finds them fulfilling volunteer positions at ACCM. She coordinates intensive orientation sessions throughout the year, ensuring that our volunteers are informed about ACCM’s mission and values. She also sits on the Board of Directors as the staff representative, and runs the Women's Social Group in collaboration with the Women's Social Group Committee.  

Andrea has a BA in Women's Studies from the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University and has contributed to various girls' programming in Montreal including projects with Rock Camp for Girls Montreal and Breast Cancer Action Montreal. 

Fizza Jafry

Coordinator of Group Services

Fizza oversees ACCM's group activities in the Support Services department. This includes ACCM's weekly dinner and discussion, as well as other discussion groups in English, French or Spanish, in addition to groups for women, projects funded by the Member Activity Fund, Camp Positive (a summer camp for people living with HIV), social events and yoga classes.  
 

Daniel-Jonathan Laroche

Kontak Coordinator

Daniel-Jonathan conducts outreach and provides risk reduction information and materials to gay and bisexual men at sex-related events in Montreal.

Daniel-Jonathan has been involved in the gay leather fetish scene for many years and currently conducts outreach work at RÉZO. He loves camping, traveling, shopping and driving.

Andreas Mertens

SextEd Coordinator

Andreas coordinates ACCM’s sexual health texting helpline, SextEd, and works with a team of volunteers to answer texts. They reach out, educate, and promote SextEd through schools and community engagement, as well as play an active role in training educators.

Andreas has a Bachelor of Education from McGill, where they now regularly guest lecture and train student teachers as part of their role at ACCM. They also coordinated marketing and social media for Sexpressions, an educational training and publishing company with a specialty in sex ed for youth on the autism spectrum.

Kamilla Petrosyan

Program Manager

Kamilla provides support to staff and oversees the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of ACCM’s various projects. She ensures that ACCM engages in the development of materials and programming that reflect the organization’s vision, mission, and departmental mandates.

Kamilla was the Team Leader at World Vision International Armenian Branch where she helped manage a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She studied medicine in Yerevan State Medical University and did a Masters in Public Health in the American University of Armenia. She is currently finishing a diploma at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy.

Cassie P.

Administrative Coordinator

Cass manages administrative tasks in the ACCM office and assists with accounting and organizational operations. She maintains office files and databases, as well as policies and other internal documents. She also coordinates ACCM’s weekly newsletter. 

Cass studied psychology at Concordia University. She enjoys photography and videography during her free time. 

Jonathan Rae-Brown

Kontak Coordinator

Jonathan coordinates ACCM's gay men's outreach programs. He has a background in harm reduction and health promotion from his native home; London, UK, where he ran a voluntary community based organisation supplying harm reduction and health promotion to the local gay community. This work included the distribution of safer injecting packs for the PnP community (www.pippac.co.uk), a website bringing together all areas of gay mens health (www.menrus.co.uk), and film production for the LGBT community (www.threeflyingpiglets.co.uk). Outside of work, Jonathan is brand new to Montreal and still exploring; but when he’s not on the gay scene you’ll probably find him geeking out over tech or comic book stuff.

Anita Schoepp

Coordinator of One-on-One Services

Anita manages ACCM’s intake procedures for new members and supports their needs, which includes formal and informal counselling, follow-ups, and crisis intervention. She also administers member-focused support services, including tax clinics, the Buddy Program, our annual holiday party, and other practical help.

Anita’s background is in street based intervention and prison outreach. She started doing street work at Head and Hands, and worked for 6 years in downtown Montreal with Stella, a sex workers’ rights organization. Her experience is rooted in HIV and hepatitis C prevention, support and counseling, harm reduction, sex worker and drug user rights, anti-poverty advocacy and anti-violence work.

Kimberly Wong

Jeunes Queer Youth Program Manager

Kim graduated from UQÀM with an MA in Sexology and spends her spare time directing the Canadian Association for Education and Outreach, an organization that offers free workshops on creating LGBTQ safer spaces in Montreal high schools.

Board of Directors

Jeansil Bruyère

President

Jeansil Bruyère is a native Montrealer who recently completed his B.C.L./LL.B. at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He also obtained degrees in communication studies, religious studies and globalization from Concordia University.

A fervent human rights advocate, notably for vulnerable and marginalized populations, Jeansil seeks to ensure that the people gathered around ACCM’s services -members, volunteers and staff- are able to make meaningful contributions to the organization’s development. His own journey with ACCM began in the Summer of 2011 when he was the Communications & Fundraising intern.

Having completed human rights and social justice oriented internships at organizations such as the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and COCQ-SIDA, Jeansil brings to the board of directors a holistic understanding of access to justice for people living with HIV, trans populations and the broader LGBTI2A community.

Ray Hiltz

Vice-President

Ray is the Director of Digital Marketing for a Montreal-based company. He works with stakeholders to expand the company's reach, influence and sales using web and social platforms. Prior to this, Ray worked as an independent social marketing consultant for over six years consulting with clients on social media strategy, video-streaming production and content marketing.

He believes it’s important that ACCM continue to serve the Montreal community by providing a safe space for people seeking help, information and support.

As Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Ray is very happy to offer ACCM the culmination of his work as an arts administrator, business manager and marketing consultant.

Matthew Halse 

Executive Director

Matthew Halse supports ACCM's staff and volunteers, overseeing the organization's strategic objectives, fundraising, programs and services, community building, communications, media relations, and daily operations.

Matthew holds a PhD in political theory with a specialization in HIV, and teaches part-time at Western University. He has written and spoken widely on PrEP and political participation, the history of HIV, contemporary politics, and queer literature.

John Gutpell

Treasurer

Born in Montreal, John has more than 30 years of experience in finance and strategic planning. Builder and organizer, he has developed strong analytical and communication skills.

He chose to support ACCM because of its important work within the community and because of the friendliness, commitment and competence of the people he has met in the short time he’s been acquainted with the organization.

As Treasurer, John hopes to bring some of his financial and management skills to ACCM, in particular his experience in cash management, financial reporting, budgeting and planning.

Ian Nelson

Board Member

Ian came to Montreal from Vancouver in 2012 to begin a new happily married life and work towards his eventual bilingualism. He has devoted himself to helping people lead better lives by offering support and reducing isolation.

Previously employed with the Positive Living Society of British Columbia, Ian currently works as the Director of the West Island LGBTQ Centres for Youth, Adults and Seniors (50+).

Ian brings to the board a long history of successes in the areas of HIV, addictions and mental health. His other passions are volunteering, gardening and animals.

Gregg Blachford

Board Member

Originally from Toronto, Gregg moved to Montreal for love in 1992 after many years as a student and lecturer in Australia, England and Germany. Gregg has a long history as a gay activist starting with the GLF movement in Sydney in the early 1970’s, along with involvement in several LGBT teaching organizations in London, as well as being on the collective of “Gay Left,” a UK socialist journal produced by gay men.

When he arrived in Montreal, Gregg became involved with Comité Sida Aide Montréal until it folded. At that point, he began volunteering with Gay Line, a relationship that lasted for 20 years and included time as President and Trainer.

Gregg brings managerial experience to ACCM’s board, which he gained as the Director of the Career Planning Service (CaPS) at McGill University from the 1990’s until his retirement in 2012. The innovative “Careers and Queers” workshop was amongst his many initiatives. He was also the Chair of McGill’s Queer Equity Committee for 6 years and he received the Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff in 2010.

Mathieu Foran

Board Member

Mathieu is currently the head of the Talent department of one of Montreal's major players in the video game industry. Thanks to the Katimavik program, he's also an avid volunteer and engaged citizen, involved with many community organizations.

Mathieu joined ACCM’s Board of Directors in 2013 to honour the work of his peers in the LGBT community and to learn more about the challenges they face. He believes that our community’s visibility and freedom are strengthened when we address these challenges.

Mathieu contributes to the board of directors by offering his expertise in human resources.

Terry Kyle

Board Member

Terry has been volunteering with ACCM since 2008. Her contributions were acknowledged when she received Concordia University’s Outstanding Volunteer Recognition Award in 2014. She is currently the Manager of Student Life at Concordia’s Dean of Students Office.

Terry gravitated towards ACCM through her passion for community engagement and has been compelled to offer her support ever since the early 80's when she began to lose friends to AIDS.

With a background in systems thinking and organizational health, Terry reminds the Board of Directors to emphasize the caring in health care.

Andrea Kornacki

Staff Representative

Andrea recruits new volunteers and finds them fulfilling volunteer positions at ACCM. She coordinates intensive orientation sessions throughout the year, ensuring that our volunteers are informed about ACCM’s mission and values. She also sits on the Board of Directors as the staff representative, and runs the Women's Social Group in collaboration with the Women's Social Group Committee.  

Andrea has a BA in Women's Studies from the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University and has contributed to various girls' programming in Montreal including projects with Rock Camp for Girls Montreal and Breast Cancer Action Montreal. 

Patrick Lloyd

Honorary Board Member

Patrick Lloyd holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has been an active member of the performing arts community for over ten years engaging in performance, choreography, research, and artistic direction. As a cultural worker and arts administrator he has an extensive profile including Just For Laughs, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Parts+Labour_Danse, Centaur Theatre Company, and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, where he is currently Senior Associate, Sales and Cultural Affairs.

Patrick Lloyd was drawn to ACCM by its welcoming team and admires an organization that is contemporary in approach, dynamic and rigorous in spirit, with a collaborative nature.

Patrick Lloyd brings considerable policy, board and committee experience to ACCM including Le Conseil québécois du théâtre’s Political Action Committee, the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Research and Policy Committee, and serving MainLine Theatre & the Montreal FRINGE Festival’s Board of Directors as President. He looks forward to assisting ACCM in expanding community relationships and cultivating connections.

Rob Urquhart

Honorary Board Member

Rob moved to Montreal in January 2012 from Vancouver where he started to work for TELUS Communications Corp. Currently Rob is a Business Analyst with TELUS. Rob is also the Regional Co-Chair for Spectrum, the LGBTQA group within TELUS Quebec, which ensures there is an LGBTQA presence within the workplace so that employees can be their whole selves when they come to work.

Rob’s passion for community outreach and working with the LGBTQ community made it seem like a natural fit in joining the board for ACCM. Rob has always been passionate about the programs and benefits offered to ACCM members and the important work done within our organization. Rob wanted to join the board of ACCM to help further drive awareness and dispel the stigma around HIV/AIDS.