About Community One

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The visionary founders recognized the importance of building community through philanthropy and connecting great ideas and good people with the resources needed to contribute to social justice.

“Future generations may wonder when queers stepped back from fighting for space in order to start building on it. In Toronto, 1980 is a good bet. That’s the year the Lesbian & Gay Community Appeal set up shop,” wrote Xtra writer Paul Henderson in 2005.

“…There is hardly a queer person in the city untouched directly or indirectly by dollars raised by the Appeal. Like a shadow, the Appeal isn’t always noticed, but it really is everywhere.”

The LGCA was asked to lead Toronto’s Pride Parade in 2004 as the Honorary Group and recieved a special Unified Award at Pride Toronto’s annual gala in 2008. In 2005, the LGCA was awarded the City of Toronto’s Pride Award for contributing to the well-being and advancement of the LGBTQ community.

“We were hard pressed to think of a comparable organization that unifies our community in celebration, providing the vital and often only resources available to [community projects] to do the crucial work they need to do,” said former Pride Toronto executive director Fatima Amarshi on the decision by Pride Toronto to recognize the LGCA/Community One Foundation with their Pride Unified Award 2008.

“Over your many years of operation, the LGCA [now the Community One Foundation] has developed a profile and a working model that is respected, admired, and much loved in our community.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Terrance
Greene

Terrance Greene

Board Co-Chair

RBC

Terrance brings 15 years experience in the financial services industry with RBC Royal Bank. He is currently the Branch Manager at RBC 500 Yonge Street, and during his 15 year career has held a variety of both sales and community leadership roles.

Since 2012, Terrance has been the Co-Chair of RBC’s Pride Employee Resource Group for the Greater Toronto Area. During that time, he has spearheaded and lead several employee engagement events and increased membership to over 500 Employees. He is also very passionate about the Community and has lead volunteers teams to help several organizations. Terry is thrilled to be apart of the Community One Board, not only to lend his expertise, but to make a difference in the lives of those that the foundation supports.

Kevin
Ormsby

Kevin Ormsby

Board Co-Chair

LOFT Communications + Events Inc.

Kevin is the co-owner of LOFT Communications + Events, a Toronto based agency that specializes in next-level corporate communications and live events. With over 25 years’ experience he is known for his strong creative execution and efficient management style, no matter how large or small the project. Kevin’s interests include travel, cycling, fitness and film.

Kevin looks forward to using his term as co-chair to help Community One develop a new strategic and operating plan for the coming years.

Tamara
McKernan

Tamara McKernan

Amgen Canada Inc.

Tamara has over ten years of experience in the non-profit and Canadian amateur sport worlds. Working and volunteering at provincial- and national-level organizations, she brings experience from a variety of roles in both operational and governance boards. Currently employed in the pharmaceutical industry, she feels her sales, project management and results-oriented skills will lend well to support the Community One Foundation priorities.

Steven
Solomon

Steven Solomon

Ryerson University

For 16 years, Steven’s social work practice with the Human Sexuality Program of the TDSB focused on supporting LGBTQ2S and Gender Independent students and their families. He was also the school social worker for the Triangle Program of Oasis Alternative S.S., Canada’s only high school classroom for LGBTQ2S students.

Steven’s doctoral thesis entitled, “Run Like a Girl? That’s So Gay!: Exploring Homophobic and Sexist Language Among Grade 7 and 8 Students in the Toronto District School Board” was inspired by his leading anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia classroom workshops across the TDSB, kindergarten to grade 12.

Steven is the author of “Homophobia: Deal With It and Turn Prejudice Into Pride”, an interactive activity book for students in grades 4 through 7. Steven is currently a full-time lecturer with the School of Social Work at Ryerson University.

Before joining the Board of Community One in 2015, Steven was a five-year volunteer member of the Rainbow Grants Allocation Committee.

Trini
Mitra

Trini Mitra

Ontario Heritage Trust

Trini is a CPA, CGA with 15 years of financial management and accounting experience. He has worked for the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier for 10 years, and is currently the Manager of Finance and Information Technology Services for the Ontario Heritage Trust. As the Treasurer of the Community One Foundation, he provides assistance to the Board regarding financial decision-making and advises them on investment of funds. He also sits on the Board of the Toronto Consort.

Cory
Stewart

Cory Stewart

Embrace Disruption Corporation

Through his extensive work in social media, digital media, public relations, communications, marketing, retail, hospitality and print, Cory Stewart has made a career out of being disruptive. Before founding his company Embrace Disruption PR in 2012, Cory was a marketing and communications specialist in the Strategy and New Ventures team at Torstar Digital. In his spare time, Cory worships his puppy Curtis and serves as a board member at Community One Foundation.

Andrew
Mainprize

Andrew Mainprize

Independent Consultant

Andrew brings over 15 years of strategy, operations and change management experience in the telecommunications and hospitality industries. Among his many accomplishments is the development and advancement of organizational culture initiatives, such as setting up employee resource groups to ensure the voice of the worker is a profound consideration in shaping a company’s culture.

Andrew has maintained strong ties to the community, including his involvement with Pride festivities and volunteering for LGBT organizations in both Toronto and London, Ontario for the past 20 years.

Andrew strongly believes in Community One and the positive impact they have made for both groups and individuals within the community. He is committed to helping the foundation continue to grow in line with the needs of those we support.

Kevin
Borden

Kevin Borden

Toronto People with AIDS Foundation

Kevin Borden has spent more than 25 years working and volunteering in the LGBTTIQQ2S community, gaining vital experience in supporting underserved, underprivileged, disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations across the GTA. Prior to joining Community One, Kevin was a member of the Daily Bread Food Bank Board of Directors for six years, serving his final three years as part of the executive committee.

Raul
Luna Polo

Raul Luna Polo

TD Bank Group

Raul brings over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting in several industries, including manufacturing, chemical production, and financial services. He is currently Senior Manager, Finance for Enterprise Strategy and Decision Support at TD.

Raul has also spent several years as a community volunteer and a member of TD’s LGBT Employee Resource Group. His interests include dancing, reading, board games and public speaking.

PARTNERSHIPS

Bill 7 Award Scholarship

In partnership with Supporting Our Youth, the Community One Foundation is a co-sponsoring agency of the Bill 7 Award.

The Bill 7 Award is a registered charitable trust that awards scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and 2-spirited students, resident in Ontario and in financial need in any post-secondary institution in Ontario, attaining their first degree.

The Award is named after the 1986 Ontario legislation that extended the protection of the Human Rights Code to lesbians and gays. Since its inception in 1988, we have been working hard to increase the number and size of the bursaries available. In recent years, we have been able to award four bursaries of $2,000 each. In total so far, over $60,000 has been presented to students in the queer community. All the money has been raised through donations.

Visit www.bill7award.ca for more information.

LGBT Giving Network

The Community One Foundation is proud to be a co-founding member of the LGBT Giving Network, a group of organizations working together to engage and cultivate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and allied donors to help secure leadership gifts and long-term financial support to build stronger LGBT communities in Canada. The Network was formed in 2007 to address the need for improved engagement between non-profit charities, donors and businesses interested in LGBT communities and issues.

Its founding member organizations represent a cross-section of the diverse LGBT communities. LGBT philanthropy is increasing in Canada and the purpose of this network is to build the collective understanding of the financial implications of philanthropy, nurture the relationship between donors and charities and to provide a point of contact for businesses and supporters.

Activities of the Network include:

  • Developing a mentorship program for non-profit staff and leadership
  • Promoting LGBT voluntarism
  • LGBT Philanthropy in Canada conferences
  • LGBT Donor Appreciation events

Visit www.lgbtgivingnetwork.org for more information.