WHAI is a network of amazing leaders across Ontario fostering a community-based response to HIV and AIDS amongst cis and trans women. They focus on social and structural factors that increase risk, and foster innovative, community driven solutions. In the past 3 years, they have worked with communities across Ontario to identify key areas of work that need to happen, and have created collaborative and collective strategies to address these areas of work. Each year, their network learns from their communities, and in particular: women with lived experience. They share Wise Practices with each other, collaborate on strategies, and collectively measure their progress towards creating meaningful and lasting social change.
Since 2017, he has been an ambassador for Covenant House Canada where he’s mentored LGBTQ2S+ youth from different backgrounds, and uses his time and resources to fund job opportunities for the at-risk youth who reside there. Very recently, he was able to help secure employment for a group of youth looking for work in the food industry by way of a relationship with a popular downtown restaurant. He’s very involved in politics, which have helped him a great deal in the non-profit world where he seeks to create bridges and opportunities through not just communities, but government. He’s worked with Federal MP Yasmin Ratansi and sat on her executive board, and has held discussions with several key leaders like Hillary Clinton and more about issues that affect the LGBTQ2S+ community. He would probably say that the thing that he wants the community and the Inspire awards to know is that he hasn’t been working on these efforts for the last year or 6 months. He’s always had these issues and subjects as a large piece of his brand. He’s been doing these things for several years now, roughly ten to be exact.