ASAAP is led by dynamic and passionate directors on the Board elected by the membership.
Suchita is the manager of Quarantine Services at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. Suchita has worked with international non-governmental organizations, the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization in India, Tanzania, the Gambia, Bolivia and Guyana. Her international work focused on access to culturally appropriate reproductive/sexual health services. Suchita looks forward to working on the Board and informing ASAAP’s strategic development with her vast skill set in public health management. She hails from Newfoundland and is a classically trained Bharatanatyum and Kathak dancer.
Linah is a psychotherapist currently working at the Centre Francophone de Toronto. A Montrealer from birth, she has been engaged in many volunteer positions both locally and abroad. Her adventure with ASAAP started in 2008 as she was completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology from University of Toronto. She took part in many ASAAP outreach events, Pride and working with the phenomenal clients of ASAAP. Linah specializes in working with ethno-racial groups who suffer from various mental health and personal issues. She is continuously inspired by the strength and courage of human beings and hopes to carry on providing accessible services to everyone in need.
Nasreen Latheef is a Management Consultant in Toronto. She has extensive experience in Healthcare, IT, Finance, Non-Profit, Private and Government Institutions. She has been a long-time, dedicated, volunteer at ASAAP (2010) and has been involved in various initiatives (including E.L.A.N, Pride, and Crescent Town Initiatives) and played an active role in Research, Outreach, Client-Services, Fundraising and Recruitment. Recently, Nasreen was recognized at ASAAP for Leadership and Activism (25 for 25 Champions in 2014). Nasreen has also served as a volunteer for several organizations including the United Way, UNICEF, Scarborough Women’s Centre, UTSC Women’s Center, CASSA, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Nasreen brings knowledge and expertise in Project Management, Research, Financial accounting, Fundraising, Strategy Development, and Sustainable Policy Planning.
Dunstan Egbert joined the ASAAP community in 1995 and has since made numerous contributions to the agency as a volunteer, staff and member. He was instrumental in the development of the Tamil Outreach program at ASAAP and co-founded ‘Snehithan’ (meaning friend in Tamil), a social support group for queer identified Tamil men. Over the last 18 years he has been an active member of the South Asian, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in Toronto through his involvement with ASAAP, the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA), the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and Desh Pardesh. Along with his experience in community organizing and development, he brings over 15 years of expertise in finance and auditing through his career as a Tax Auditor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance and subsequently the Canada Revenue Agency.
Dirk Rodricks is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. His research explores how queer* “South Asian” identity is negotiated across time and space. Dirk has over ten years of experience in the postsecondary education sector and has served nationally with professional associations. He currently serves as the Residence Life Coordinator at New College/UofT.
My name is Rajiv Shah and I’ve been in Canada for the past 13 years. I’m in business, have been most part of my life and am a client of ASAAP for the past 10 years. Have been actively participating in the activities and wanted to do more to get my self involved in whatever way I can, so I joined the board. I want to make a difference to the community, mainly to get us in the mainstream and try to get rid of the stigma. My experiences are in management marketing accounting. Also was a member of Leo club and was in the fundraising committee and on the board back home. Looking forward to using my experience in whatever way I can at ASAAP.
Rupal is the Strategic Programs Officer at the Toronto Arts Council. She has over 14 years of management experience in the arts and culture sector, working with organizations such as Summerworks Performance Festival, Nightswimming Theatre and Obsidian Theatre. She was part of the Canadian delegation to the 2015 IETM Plenary (international network for contemporary performing arts) in Bergamo, Italy and sat on the board of directors of PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) from 2013-2015. Currently, she is a member of the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation’s Advisory for the Creative Strategies Incubator.
Toral is a Communicable Diseases Liaison at Toronto Public Health. She holds a MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, along with degrees in Public Health, Microbiology and Biotechnology. She joins ASAAP with experience in Public Health policy, Quality Improvement, Higher Education, as well as Program planning and delivery. In addition, she has been an ardent supporter and ally for LGBT+ issues, health equity and mental health in the community. Away from work, you can find Toral, travelling to nearby (and far away) mountains, forests and lakes.
Shakir Rahim is a JD student at Osgoode Hall Law School and a Criminal Law Division Leader at the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP). His involvement in the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ sectors includes serving on working groups of the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario; the board of directors of JusticeTrans, a free mobile app that provides legal information to the trans community; and previously serving on the project advisory committee of the Heart to Heart project at ASAAP. Shakir has also previously served on the branch executive of the Canadian International Council Toronto Branch, an NGO that organizes public events on foreign affairs, and the Academic Board of the U of T Governing Council, which oversees the pedagogical functions of the University of Toronto.