CAYR has a volunteer Board of Directors elected by its membership. The Board is comprised of diverse, committed and enthusiastic individuals, from all backgrounds including people living with HIV, those who have family members living with HIV, and individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ They also bring skills such as board governance, HR, risk management and financial management to help steward the agency.

Michelle Douglas
(Pronouns: She/Her)

Lisa PadgettLisa Padgett
(Pronouns: She/Her)
Interim Vice Chair

Brett Brinkhof
(Pronouns: He/Him)

Lisa PadgettWynonna Gomes (Pronouns: She/Her)

NishitNishit Shah
(Pronouns: He/Him)
Member at Large

DJDJ McCready
(Pronouns: He/Him)
Member at Large

Mikaela Thompson (Pronouns: She/Her) Member at Large

Ajith Thiyagalingam (Pronouns: He/Him)
Member at Large

Larry Little
(Pronouns: He/Him)
Member at Large

We are currently seeking enthusiastic new Board members who have a high degree of personal commitment to our cause. Successful candidates must be able to serve a two-year term and should have the energy to devote up to 5 hours per month involving:

  • Attending monthly board meetings (virtually)
  • Participating on a board committee and/or project work
  • Attending educational sessions (virtually) on an ad hoc basis
  • Attending annual events such as the AGM and strategic planning session

CAYR is committed to recruiting members to its Board of Directors who reflect the diversity of the clients and communities we serve. For that reason, we encourage applications from individuals who identify with any lived experiences in connection with the issues impacting the vulnerable and marginalized communities we serve. These lived experiences include trauma, oppression, poverty, homelessness, substance use, gender identity, and cultural considerations.

Indigenous People, People from African/Caribbean/Black communities, Racialized People, People living with HIV/HCV, People with disabilities, individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and people from historically under-represented equity seeking groups are strongly encouraged to apply. CAYR is committed to providing accommodation to people who are differently abled.

Additionally, candidates who possess the following expertise and skills in one (or more) of the following domains are encouraged to apply:

  • Prior experience on a Board of Directors
  • Legal proficiency
  • Human Resources and/or Organizational Development
  • Board and Governance Experience
  • Financial Literacy
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Direction and Planning
  • Government and Regulatory Environment
  • Stakeholder Relations

Application Instructions:
To apply for a position, please send your (1) completed board application form and (2) resume or statement of interest in by email to the attention of the Board Recruitment Committee at: [email protected]

We thank all candidates for their interest.

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