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2075 Rue Plessis
Montréal (Québec)
H2L 2Y4

Monday to Thursday
10am - 6pm

Staff

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.

Jordan Coulombe

Communications Coordinator

Jordan develops and oversees internal and external communications, as well as organizational 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, an independent magazine for candid, confessional LGBT creative writing.

Miguel Cubillos

Migrant, Refugee & Protected Persons (MRP) Outreach Coordinator

Miguel coordinates ACCM’s program dedicated to migrants, refugees and protected persons in need of resources and information on immigration, social assistance, mental and sexual health. Born in Bogota, Miguel moved to Montreal after 15 years of living in Toronto. He arrives with over 10 years’ experience at ACT, providing front-line services to people living with HIV and to migrant communities living at risk. He comes with first hand knowledge of the immigration system, both in Canada and Quebec.

Innovative, dynamic and fully involved with people from diverse cultures, Miguel is strongly committed to working in a caring, open and positive manner. Aficionado of old Bossa Nova and rhythms of the world, Miguel loves to dance and spend time at La Fontaine park, his favorite spot in the city.

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.

Samuel Feria Garcia

Coordinator of One-on-One Services

Samuel manages intake procedures for new ACCM members and oversees our Aging with HIV and Buddy programs, as well as facilitates workshops within the organization.

Previous to his role with ACCM, Samuel worked for different comunity organizations like RÉZO and Maison l'Exode, offering over 6 years of psychosocial intervention. He also has a certificate in Immigration and Interethnic Relations and a BA in Sexology.

In his not-so-free "free time", he is known as Anaconda LaSabrosa, Montreal's very own Latinx plus-sized bearded drag royalty. He is also a founding member of politically engaged drag troupe: House of Laureen.

Christopher Gwilliam

Coordinator of One-on-One Services

Christopher manages admission procedures for new ACCM members and provides them with support through formal and informal counseling, follow-up and crisis intervention. He is also responsible for member support services, including tax clinics, the buddy program, the annual holiday party, and other types of practical help.

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.

Patrick Keeler

Treatment information Coordinator

Patrick provides members, volunteers and staff with updated information about HIV and HepC treatments. Patrick is in charge of ACCM's Aging with HIV programs, which include the buddy program and upcoming workshops for people aging with HIV. Patrick'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.

Patrick is passionate about connecting with others, and creating an environment where non-judgmental treatment information is accessible to everyone. His journey with ACCM first began in 2010 as the Volunteer Coordinator and he is excited to now be part of our evolving support programs. Patrick is also a professional actor working regularly on stage and screen in Montreal, and he holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Western England. In his spare time you can find Patrick cooking, dancing, reupholstering a chair, or building things in a woodshop.

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.  
 

Andrea Mertens

SextEd Coordinator

Andrea coordinates ACCM’s sexual health texting helpline. She started in 2014 and continues working with a team of trained volunteers to answer texts and publish FAQs on sexted.org. She also helps people learn about the helpline through Google, social media, schools, student groups, and community organizations.

Andrea has a BEd from McGill and she previously coordinated marketing and social media at the sex education training and publishing company Sexpressions. She was also the Director of Education at the youth-led NGO End Poverty Now. In her spare time, she likes biking, gaming, playing with her cat, and enjoying all things sci-fi and fantasy.

Ricardo Vazquez Guy

Events and Development Coordinator

Ricardo manages and assists with the fundraising and development initiatives for ACCM, including the annual art auction, Artsida. He supports ongoing sponsorship partnerships and in kind and monetary donations throughout the year

Ricardo has worked in various events and entertainment fields producing and planning shows and events for non-profit groups, theme parks and festivals. Ricardo also has completed numerous personal fundraising initiatives for various non profit organizations including AIDS Lifecycle in California and ACCM through their yearly fundraising campaign.

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.

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.

Board of Directors

Angèle Rose Ankouad

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.

Julian Hughes

Secretary

Julian, originally from British Columbia, completed a BSc in Marine Biology before moving to Montreal, in 2009. He then co-founded an acrobatic hula hoop company, teaching classes and performing at events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival. He then decided to return to school and completed a second bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Neuroscience before entering medical school at McGill.

As a medical student, Julian believes in the importance of education for prevention and supports ACCM’s mandate to promote community education programs, directed at decreasing transmission of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections . Julian continues to volunteer with the Buddy Program as well as acting as a board member. He looks forward to continuing to support the important role ACCM has in the community.

Odette Lours

Treasurer

Born in France, Odette Lours is a professional fundraiser who is committed to helping charities reach their financial goals.

Deeply passionate about human and animal rights, her energy is focused on making a difference for the greater good.

She spent several years at the Montreal SPCA in the role of Development Officer; today she has two roles, firstly as the Director of Development for the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres Foundation and secondly as Development Manager for We Animals Media.

She learnt about ACCM and its amazing work through a Board member. She attended several events and was impressed by ACCM's mission, its ethical approach, as well as by its sense of community. Her goal in joining this amazing organization is to help grow its funding capacity.

Jasdeep Bhogal

Board Member

Jasdeep recently graduated with a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering at Concordia University and now works full time. He joined ACCM in 2016, soon after arriving in Montreal. Since then, he has volunteered for ACCM on many occasions.

One of the best experiences that Jasdeep has had at ACCM was walking in the Montreal Pride Parade, as it made him truly appreciate how open-minded a society can be. Coming from India, where homosexuality is still considered a crime and where HIV is steeped in social stigma, Jasdeep is immensely proud of being in Canada and a part of an organization like ACCM which provides so much support to the community.

Jasdeep looks forward to bringing his unique perspective to the Board of Directors. Specifically, he will focus his energies on ways that ACCM can better support immigrants. He hopes to hear their stories, understand their concerns, brainstorm solutions, and help ACCM keep welcoming people from all walks of life.

Alanna Devine

Board Member

Alanna Devine has a background in law and advocacy and is deeply committed to being involved in social justice issues.

After completing a degree in Criminology and civil and common law degrees at McGill’s faculty of law, Alanna went on to create and run the advocacy department at the Montreal SPCA. During her 10 years at the SPCA she grew the organization’s cruelty investigations department, lead several important legislative initiatives and created new programs for the Montreal community.

She learnt about ACCM’s mission and incredible work in the community through a former board member as is excited to bring her decade long experience in non-profit and advocacy work to help ACCM achieve its goals, with a particular focus on policies and programs.

Christopher Dietzel

Board Member

Christopher Dietzel is a doctoral student at McGill University, studying sexual violence in LGBTQ+ communities and sexual consent on dating apps. Chris works as a research assistant on a grant titled IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, a project that aims to dismantle rape culture through interdisciplinary and university-based initiatives. Chris is passionate about education and has worked at universities in Canada, France, Singapore, and the States.

Chris is proud to serve and support LGBTQ+ people, particularly through his involvement in Montreal-based community organizations. Through his board involvement and ACCM's educational programs and community outreach, Chris aims to advocate for safer, more consensual sexual interactions and inspire positive change in diverse communities.

Mohamed Farid

Board Member

Mohamed Farid is the founder of Health Collective a unique program that has gathered global health leaders to share learnings, experiences and best practices. Mohamed has a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and the International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL) at McGill University. Mohamed currently works with TD Canada Trust. Mohamed was the CEO of The Youth Company, which he founded in 2010, The Youth Company aims to empower vulnerable youth from the Middle East using educational, community engaging, volunteering, career-oriented and consulting programs.

Since moving to Montreal, ACCM has been always recommended as the forefront in community engagement by providing efficient and effective programs that are inclusive and diverse. By sharing and advocating with his unique cultural and personal experience, Mohamed would like to further engage the conversations between different communities in order to fight stigma. Mohamed is also excited to be supporting ACCM in their day to day programs, and committees.

Gregg Rowe

Honorary Member

Gregg Rowe is a native of British Columbia and was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, at the age of 27. He is a professional painter, author and photographer.

Gregg has been a member and volunteer of ACCM since its first days as a grass-roots organization. His current involvement at ACCM includes sitting on the HIV 50+ Aging Committee where he is organizing a workshop on “Grief”.

Gregg has held seats on numerous committees, ad-hoc committees, and Board of Directors locally, provincially and nationally and has represented Quebec at International Conferences. He has achieved thirty years of experience working in the HIV/AIDS community, learned a lot of lessons, met a mosaic of people, shown his gregarious and resilient sides, devoted his life as a volunteer and was able to have a voice in community decisions. He wishes to continue to be a part of this journey in making positive changes and having a voice for those infected and affected by HIV/HepC.

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.