2019/20 Board of Management Candidates
The 519 membership will elect new members to The 519 Board of Management for a 2-year term at our upcoming Annual General Meeting on September 25, 2019.
There are 6 available positions to fill on the Board this year – at least 3 elected Members must be from the catchment area bounded by Bloor, Bay, Gerrard and Parliament streets. Members from the catchment area may fill non-catchment positions.
The Board candidates for 2019/20 include 6 current Board Members who are completing their terms and are running for re-election and 1 new candidate who will run for elections.
For more information about voting eligibility, please visit: http://www.the519.org/news/voting-eligibility-agm19.
2019/20 Board of Management Candidates
Candidates from the Catchment Area:
Alex St. John
Alex is a psychotherapist in private practise and the manager of the David Kelly Program and the Senior and Caregiver Support Service with Family Service Toronto.
Alex was born in Barbados where he completed his undergraduate degree and developed his passion for working with people as a helper. He volunteered with the lupus society of Barbados as well as worked as a program developer at an agency serving underprivileged youth who had encountered the juvenile court system.
He moved to England in 2004 to pursue his master’s degree in addiction studies. While in England he began his career working at an addiction rehabilitation centre and in 2009 he moved to Toronto where he completed an additional master’s in counselling psychology.
Alex began working in the hospital setting as well as at a private rehabilitation centre upon moving. Here he honed his skills as a clinician being trained in various therapeutic models and eventually changed roles to supervisor. In 2017 he moved from a hospital setting to social service where he now works managing the David Kelly Service, a program that offers low cost counselling for members of the queer community by members of the queer community along with the Seniors and Caregivers Support Service, a program offering free counselling to older adults age 60+ and those who care for them.
Alex has a passion for advocacy and works to advocate for responsible responses to emerging needs for the queer community on a systems level. It is his goal to ensure that everyone has a voice at the table of change and that equal representation be held by all members of the community.
David is currently leading Client Success in Primary Care for Think Research as a Senior Engagement Manager. In this role, he delivers value for his clients by supporting adoption and utilization of Think Research products and empowers his clients through change management and provides analytics and evidence to inform system changes.
Prior to his career in the private sector, David held a number of positions since 2011 in the Ontario government including in Treasury Board Secretariat, Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
In the Toronto community, David works with a variety of community initiatives. He serves as Chair of The 519, Vice-Chair of the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation and was the Ontario Liberal candidate in Toronto Centre for the 2018 general election. He was also previously the Co-Chair of PrideHouseTO during the Toronto 2015 PanAM/ParapanAM Games and the Chair of the Ontario Public Service Pride Network.
David originally moved to Toronto in 2006 to study at York University where he completed two bachelors and a master’s degree. He continues to live in Toronto with his husband Andrew Braithwaite and their dog Hudson.
David is currently serving on The 519 Board of Management as Chair, and is a member of the Human Resources and Governance, and Strategic Program and Partnerships Board Committees.
Tom holds a Masters in History from McMaster University. He has called Toronto home for over 10 years and has been consistently volunteering in leadership roles within the LGBTQ2S community since he arrived. He has served as a co-lead at Pride Toronto, on the Board of Directors for Forte - The Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus, and on the steering committee for the Friends For Life Bike Rally. Most recently he was a Senior Advisor to the 25th Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne.
A proud retired member of the Canadian Forces-Army Reserve, he resides in the Church and Wellesley Village with his husband Mith.
Tom is currently serving as a member of The 519 Board, and is a member of the Human Resource and Governance, and Fundraising and Philanthropy Board Committees.
Tom Warner has been an activist for LGBTQ2S rights in Canada for nearly 50 years. In 1971, he helped found the Gay Students' Alliance at the University of Saskatchewan and the first gay community organization that later became the Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon. He was a founding member of the Toronto Gay Alliance Toward Equality (1973) and served as President in 1976-77. He has also been active in a number of other LGBTQ groups in Ontario and Toronto, including the Body Politic Collective, The Right To Privacy Committee, the Committee to Defend John Damien, the Association of Gay Electors, the Campaign for Equal Families and the June 13th Committee. He was a founding member of and leading spokesperson for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario (CLGRO) from 1975 to 2009. Tom has also served as an Ontario Human Rights Commissioner (1993 to 1996) and on the Board of Directors of Canadian Blood Services (2005 – 2013). He is currently active in (and Chair of) The Senior Pride Network (Toronto), an organization of SLGBTTQI+ elders, seniors and older persons, and serves on the Board of Management of The 519 Community Centre and on the Board of Directors of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly.
Tom Warner is the author of two books: Losing Control, Canada’s Social Conservatives in the Age of Rights (2010) and Never Going Back, A history of queer activism in Canada (2002). He has been included in Canadian Who’s Who since 2006 and the international Who’s Who in Contemporary Gay & Lesbian History, 2001 (Routledge). He was inducted into the National Portrait Collection of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in 2002. Professionally, Tom was employed with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) from 1980 until his retirement in 2016. He held a number of regulatory and senior executive positions including, most recently, Vice President and Registrar and Vice President, Regulatory and Standards. In 2016, Tom was elected as the first Honorary Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario.
Tom is currently serving as the Treasurer of The 519 Board of Management, Chair of the Finance Committee, and member of the Strategic Programs and Partnerships Board Committee.
Candidates from the Non-catchment Area:
Born and raised in Kenya, Biko moved to Canada in 2006 to seek asylum because being considered LGBTQ is considered a crime in her home country. A human rights activist, and a champion of refugee and sexual minority rights, she has spread her message of tolerance and equality through various platforms such as the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Refugee Pride Convention, where she was a discussant on panels. Biko was also the first person to give a lecture on gender studies upon the inception of such a course at a high school in Canada. Biko attended George Brown College majoring in Jewellery Arts. At George Brown, Biko also served as the Women and Trans Persons representative, bridging the gap between her constituents, the college administration and the Student Association. Through the Student Union, Biko was also part of a panel which included the founders of Black Lives Matter US, to discuss issues faced by racialized students, and sexual minorities on college campuses at The Canadian Federation of Students Convention. She was also the first queer person of African descent to open the Toronto Stock Exchange. Biko is currently working on Trans Workforce, the worlds first job fair geared towards people who identify as Trans and Gender Nonconforming. An initiative she is determined to launch so as to get transgender people out of underground economies like sex-work.
In addition to being featured on The Tyra Banks show, Biko Beauttah has also worked as an Image Consultant, Art Director and Wardrobe Stylist.
Biko is currently serving as a member of The 519 Board of Management, Vice-Chair of the Board’s Strategic Program and Partnerships Committee, and member of the Fundraising and Philanthropy Committee.
Pam Hrick is a lawyer at Stockwoods Barristers, where she maintains a broad litigation practice and also provides pro bono legal advice to individuals through Pro Bono Ontario. She holds a B. Soc. Sci. (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa, a J.D. from Queen's University, and an LL.M. from New York University. Prior to entering private practice, she completed judicial clerkships at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.
Pam is actively involved in work dedicated to ending violence against women. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board of the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and as a member of the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, which provided recommendations to the President about preventing and responding to sexual violence in the university community. She has also acted as pro bono counsel for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in appeals before the Ontario Superior Court.
Pam is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of The 519 Board of Management, and a member of the Board’s Finance, and Human Resources and Governance Board Committees.
Paul Noble is Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, BMO Capital Markets. Paul is accountable for leading the BMO Capital Markets legal team globally, providing legal advice, guidance and direction on a range of issues, transactions and initiatives across the BMO Capital Markets businesses.
Paul has held a number of roles within the legal group since joining BMO in 2003. In 2008, he was appointed Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, P&C U.S., responsible for legal and regulatory support for BMO’s personal and commercial banking businesses in the U.S. In 2011, he was appointed Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, Private Client Group and held that role until his most recent appoint in 2012. Paul is a member of BMO’s Leadership Committee for Inclusion and Diversity, a cross-enterprise group of leaders whose mandate is to guide BMO’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and Executive Sponsor for BMO Pride, BMO’s enterprise-wide affinity group for LGBTQ employees. Paul is an Executive Committee member of Legal Leaders for Diversity, a group of Canadian General Counsel committed to creating a more inclusive legal profession.
Before joining BMO, Paul was with Torys LLP, an international law firm. Paul received his Bachelor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.
Paul is currently serving as a member of The 519 Board of Management, Chair of the Fundraising and Philanthropy Board Committee, and member of the Finance Board Committee.