In 1980, a group of lesbian and gay activists founded the Gay Community Appeal, raising funds for community projects and organizations. Soon after, the name changed to the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal, or LGCA.
Every year the Appeal held face-to-face fundraisers like S.O.S. (Supporting Our Selves) and hosted events like Fruit Cocktail theatrical productions and the Fruitcup gala, raising money for organizations that became the backbone of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community – The 519, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Black CAP, Toronto PFLAG, Asian Community AIDS Services, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, Sherbourne Health Centre and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, amongst many others.
In 1987, the LGCA helped start the Bill 7 Award, a scholarship program for LGBT+ students, and in 2007 the LGBT Giving Network, connecting LGBT-serving groups with one another to inspire leadership, action and community philanthropy. The LGCA encouraged other community groups obtain registered charitable status, thus strengthening their own fundraising capacity.
Community One continues this spirit, focusing on marginalized communities as we choose grant recipients, helping them to create an independent, autonomous support network. In 2008, the LGCA became the Community One Foundation, a name better representative of the diverse community we serve, but we have stayed our commitment to funding important initiatives in the LGBTTIQQ2S community.
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.
Rogers Communications 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.
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.
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.
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.
Community HIV, Mental Health and Addictions Consultant
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. While enjoying a well-earned early retirement, Kevin is still involved with and working in the community on temporary projects.
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.
Ryerson University Bio coming soon…
Sam brings over 12 years of experience in fundraising and event management. He is currently the Director of Development & Communications for Fife House Foundation. Some of his accomplishments include leading a successful $15 million capital campaign to build a new school, helping secure the largest individual gift in Fife House’s 30-year history and creating Shady Queens – a sold out concert at The Danforth Music Hall for the 3rd year in a row.
Sam is very excited to sit on the board of Community One Foundation and help make a difference in the lives of those that we support.
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.
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:
Visit www.lgbtgivingnetwork.org for more information.