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.

Jeansil Bruyère

Executive Director

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

Jeansil 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 a holistic understanding of access to justice for people living with HIV, trans populations and the broader LGBTI2A community to ACCM as Executive Director.

Lana Galbraith

Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator

Lana manages administrative tasks in the ACCM office and assists with organizational operations. She also 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.

Lana got her B.A. from the Liberal Arts College at Concordia University where she spent most of her time engaging with her community through student associations, unions and organisations like the Centre for Gender Advocacy and the Sustainability Action Fund.

Tina Gelsomini

Communications Coordinator

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

Tina has a BA in Communications & Cultural Studies and Études françaises from Concordia University. She has coordinated a wide range of media and community projects, volunteered as a peer sex educator, and is a contributing writer for a contemporary art journal. She loves working at the intersection of community action, media, and art.

Christopher Gwilliam

Coordinator of Treatment Information Services

Christopher provides members, volunteers and staff with updated information about HIV and HepC treatments. Christopher is in charge of ACCM's Aging with HIV programs, which include the buddy program and upcoming workshops for people aging with HIV. Christopher's role is part of ACCM's support services, which includes certain tasks including one-on-one counselling and follow-ups, intakes, and peer support.

Christopher comes with a strong background of lived experience that provides him empathy and compassion in his role as peer support worker. Christopher is also very active in the recovery community; he organized a meeting called Refuge Recovery in Montreal, a mindfulness-based addiction recovery group, which meets weekly. Christopher genuinely enjoys engaging with those in the community who could benefit from contact with a sympathetic and non-judgmental listener who has experience in informal counseling. Chris is also studying part- time towards a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Concordia.

Ren Haskett

Education for Prevention Coordinator

Ren coordinates ACCM's Education for Prevention Department. This involves booking sex ed workshops and kiosks for youth in Montreal as well as running the Teacher's Sex-Ed Toolkit program that helps teachers learn how to teach sex ed in schools.

Ren has a BA in Women's Studies from McGill University and a BEd from Concordia University. In their spare time, they enjoy gaming, gardening, reading, and hiking.

Fizza Jafry

Coordinator of One-on-One Services

Fizza 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.

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.

Natalia McClellan

Coordinator of Group Services

Natalia has a BA in Psychology and Women's studies from McGill University, and has an extensive background in peer support and outreach with survivors of sexual assault. She feels strongly about providing non-judgmental and accessible services within a harm-reductive and anti-oppressive framework. In her free time, she likes to read, be in nature, and hang out with her cat.

Natalia 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.  
 

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

Programs Development 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.

Kimberly Wong

Jeunes Queer Youth Program Manager

Kim manages Jeunes Queer Youth (JQY), ACCM's first Alliance program in collaboration with ASTT(e)Q, the Montreal Coalition of LGBT Youth Groups, Project 10, and RÉZO. JQY is a sexual health program that provides funds and support for sex ed initiatives by and for queer, trans, and allied youth in Montreal.

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

Zackary Derrick

Communications Assistant

Zackary works along side the Communications Coordinator by aiding in the administration of a weekly members' newsletter, event promotion and website management.

Zackary is currently finishing his BA in Indigenous and Women's studies at Concordia University. They are also currently acting as the Co-op Coordinator for the trans positive community organization, Union for Gender Empowerment, in which he also sits on the organizing collective. Zackary is also a board member of the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore. In their spare time, Zackary enjoys baking, reading and plotting ways to implement anti-oppression in his everyday life.

Catherine Jeffery

Development Intern

Catherine works on development, fundraising, and outreach initiatives at ACCM. They're currently finishing a BA in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice in Montreal and hope to continue working in the non-profit and community activism spheres after graduation. In their spare time, Catherine likes reading, sitting around in parks, and writing.

Sebastian Westerlund

Kontak Outreach Coordinator

Seb (he/they) organizes events and programming for MSM communities around drug use, kinky queer sex, and harm reduction, as well as provides one-on-one support, sex toys and safe sex/injection materials. He is a queer trans guy who has been involved in outreach and activism for many years with gay, bi, queer, trans, poly, and kink communities. Recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from McGill University, Seb has worked as an intern at Project 10 and ASTT(e)Q, doing peer support and advocacy for trans and queer youth. He also has experience as a board member at P10, working towards anti-racism and anti-oppression on an institutional as well as personal level. He is passionate about the health, empowerment and well-being of trans folks and is excited to work with and for queer or trans men who love to get nasty.

Board of Directors

Patrick Lloyd Brennan

President

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, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, and Quebec Drama Federation where he is currently Managing Director.

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 Past President. He looks forward to assisting ACCM in expanding community relationships and cultivating connections.

Angèle Rose Ankouad

Vice-President

Angèle Rose, a native of Cameroon, arrived in Quebec after completing her Doctorate in Medicine at the Faculty of Yaounde I. She worked at the CRISS (Centre de Ressources et d’Intervention en Santé et Sexualité) for several years as an outreach worker. She is currently working in the health sector.

Having been a volunteer at ACCM, she is committed to the organization’s mission and vision. By bringing her dynamism, positive energy, and commitment to our board she hopes to give back to the Quebec and ACCM community that have shown her and her family their generosity.

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.

Anthony Johnson

Secretary

Anthony Johnson is a fundraising professional with many years of experience helping charitable organizations achieve their mission. Currently, Anthony is the Director of Development at the Montreal SPCA where he oversees a robust fundraising program.

Anthony was first a volunteer at ACCM back in the 1990s when he edited the newsletter. The prevention, treatment, and eventual cure of both HIV and hepatitis C is something that he has worked towards constantly. He is proud to be part of the most progressive HIV-Hep-C advocacy group in Quebec.

Anthony hopes that by working closely with the ACCM development team he will be able to help secure vital and sustainable funding for this incredible organization.

Rebecca Munroe

Board Member

Rebecca Munroe is our resident rebel with a cause. Never one to concede to the establishment, 20 years ago when English Quebecers were staging a mass exodus down the 401 towards Toronto, she packed up in Toronto and headed to Montreal seeing opportunity. She holds two degrees, one in I.T., as well as a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Currently she works for The Kidney Foundation in Communications and H.R.

Having worked in television and radio for over 10 years, she built a strong network of the media contacts in Montreal, as well as artists of all genres and community leaders.

Rebecca has a strong passion for helping those in need. She was drawn to ACCM due to her personal experience with people living with HIV/AIDS, and felt it important to join this organization to help contribute to all the amazing things they have done. Her event planning and fundraising experience, infectious laugh and gregarious spirit will be a strong asset to ACCM.

Jeansil Bruyère

Executive Director, Ex Officio Board Member

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

Jeansil 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.

Ren Haskett

Staff Representative

Ren coordinates ACCM's Education for Prevention Department. This involves booking sex ed workshops and kiosks for youth in Montreal as well as running the Teacher's Sex-Ed Toolkit program that helps teachers learn how to teach sex ed in schools.

Ren has a BA in Women's Studies from McGill University and a BEd from Concordia University. In their spare time, they enjoy gaming, gardening, reading, and hiking.