ASAAP is led by dynamic and passionate directors on the Board elected by the membership.
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.
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.
Mahnoor is a Senior Policy and Program Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she works on the advancing and development of province-wide, healthy public policies. Mahnoor has a strong passion for promoting and advocating for the health protection and promotion of defined populations and has exercised her passion through volunteering and working with vulnerable and priority groups at settings in the not-for-profit sector as well through policy research and analysis at the provincial and local public service. While completing her graduate studies in public policy and administration, Mahnoor worked with ASAAP to promote women’s sexual health through the Story Sharing for Sexual Health project and has enjoyed volunteering for various ASAAP outreach events. Some of her skills include project management, public health research, epidemiological analysis, stakeholder engagement, and policy development.
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.
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.
Rayyan works in the Diversity & Inclusion Office at the Bank of Montreal. Born and raised in Bangladesh, his work experience has taken him from investments in Singapore to management consulting in New York to HR in Toronto currently. In his free-time he likes to support nonprofit organizations working with the South Asian community. In Singapore he regularly volunteered as a Bengali-English translator at a subsidized medical clinic and in Bangladesh he reviewed applications for the inaugural class of Teach for Bangladesh fellows.
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.
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.
Sugee has recently graduated from Brock University with a Masters of Accountancy. He currently works for Roberts, Marlowe, Jackson, Jackson and Associates as CPA Student/ Staff Accountant in order to complete his CPA designation. He has been volunteering with ASAAP for 3 years now. He is firm believer of advocacy and social rights.
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.