Meet Our Team

Racquel Bremmer

(She, Her)

Board Chair

Racquel Bremmer has over 20 years combined experience in health promotion, management, social justice and community development work in the Caribbean, North America and Europe. She has also been an activist around issues of social justice, equity and inclusion, and harm reduction, and always ensures that the voice of the most marginalized is never absent from discussions that impact their lives.

Racquel has worked developing sexual and reproductive health programs for youth in Jamaica and Norway with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and has a passion for community well-being and health equity, which is evident in her research around the LGBTQI+, immigrant and refugee communities. Racquel is currently the Manager of Clinical and Allied Health Services at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto and holds a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Schulich School of Business.

Theodore Walker Robinson

(They, Them)

Vice-Chair

With lived experience as a self-identified Black, Nonbinary, Queer person with disabilities, Theodore is an academic and researcher in the subjects of Critical Race Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Counselling and Psychotherapy. Theodore's professional career began in Human Resources, consulting in the Canadian Banking industry and nonprofit industry on matters of Equity, inclusion and Human Resources policy.

Balu Mistry

Treasurer

A chartered accountant by profession, Balu is a service driven individual serving as  Manager, Financial Services at JobStart in Toronto. Balu's previous experiences include working for the Canadian Diabetes Association as a financial analyst  at the Canadian Diabetes Association between 2000 to 2004.

Michelle Bilek

(She, Her)

Secretary

Michelle Bilek is a 50 year-old social activist and advocate, living in Mississauga for 48 years. She is a long-standing supporter of democracy, human rights, diversity, equity, inclusion and protection of our environment. As an advocate against violence, homelessness and poverty, she has been driven to challenge the status quo and make a difference in the lives of community. Michelle continues to work tirelessly for those that feel they do not have a voice, and are marginalized in our community.

Michelle works for the City of Hamilton with the Housing Secretariat and previously with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness as the National Organize. Michelle is providing policy, advocacy and support to networks, organizations and communities to elevate the needs and voices of our most vulnerable community members.

Michelle believes a “better way” can be achieved by creating a society based on inclusion, fairness and equity for all, approaching society with empathy, compassion, and understanding, caring for Mother Earth and sustainability. It is al just a matter of choice.

Taranum Khan

(She, Her)

Board Member

Taranum Khan, Ph.D., CCS is an Award of Excellence Winning Career Strategist and Consultant. Her passion is creating a positive impact on career and academic journey of the lives she touches, locally and globally. Taranum has contributed to multiple publications, podcasts, and interviews. Her most recent contributions as an author are, Ignite Your Life for Women and Ignite Your Female Leadership. Every conversation with her is uplifting as she inverts the focus for you to rediscover the strengths within you. She believes in being limitless and leads her life without conforming to norms.

Jillian Watkins

(She, Her)

Executive Director

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Jillian has worked for over 15 years across a variety of positions in health and social support settings including not-for-profit organizations, academia, and consulting in Canada and the US.  Jillian is a graduate of the University of Toronto (MSc) and the University of Guelph (BASc).

Her previous work in the HIV sector includes a role as Interim Executive Director at HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH), a not-for-profit organization supporting people living with and at risk for HIV in Guelph Ontario. She also had the opportunity to work as Project Director at the HIV Centre for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University in New York where her projects focused on prevention of HIV among young adults in the court system.  

Jillian is passionate about supporting the health and social welfare of individuals from equity deserving populations through advocacy and education, and through research, development, and implementation of robust publicly funded health and social services.  Jillian is thrilled to join the dedicated and passionate team at Moyo and is looking forward to the exciting opportunities ahead.

jillianw@moyohcs.ca
Sharmin Sharif

(She, Her)

Director of Programs and Services

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Sharmin Sharif is a Public Health Professional with more than 12 years of global and local experience working in public and private sectors across three continents – Asia, Africa and North America. Her work spans government, multi-lateral donor agencies and multiple international non-profit organizations which include Federal Government of Canada, the World Bank, BRAC International and Save the Children. She has led, developed, managed and coordinated public health programs in more than eight low to middle income countries across Asia and Africa with meaningful impacts in improving health through access to quality health care. Examples of her achievements include raising more than 30+M USD for health programs, 62% growth of program coverage with 21% reduction in mortality among children under 5 in program areas with increased access to quality health care services.  

Sharmin believes access to quality health care is a basic human right; and every stakeholder and organization are in a unique position, capacity and responsibility, in both local and global health landscape, to contribute meaningfully towards ensuring health for all. She enjoys learning and working with individuals and organizations committed to equity, strengthening systems and saving lives. 

She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) with a specialization in Developmental Biology, major in Human Biology and a minor in South Asian Studies. Sharmin has completed her Master of Public Health degree at James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. Outside of her work, Sharmin enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, cooking different cuisines, volunteering in local organizations and spending time with her family and friends. She loves listening to music and was a former member of the prestigious Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. 

sharmins@moyohcs.ca
Colin Samuels

(He, Him)

Operations Manager

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Colin Samuels has been working at Moyo since 2016. He is passionate about the agency's vision to support, guide, and uplift people within all of Peel's diverse communities, particularly people who have experienced trauma. As the agency's Operations Manager, Colin works tirelessly to coordinate the day-to-day operations of the agency and to support our most important resource: our team.

colins@moyohcs.ca
Meyran Mohamed

(She, Her)

Community Engagement Manager

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Meyran is a first-generation Somali/Canadian. Stemming from her community’s experience of navigating their new world as Black newcomers, Meyran is passionate about addressing social and health inequities experienced by underserved communities, focusing on access to healthcare, health literacy and navigating the Canadian health system. This, combined with her background in clinical medicine and community health advocacy, focuses on centering marginalized voices and empowering these populations to gain greater control of their physical, mental health and social well-being. In 2021 when the COVID vaccine was rolled out, Meyran volunteered at a number of pop-up vaccine clinics prior to working at West Park Health Center’s Vaccine Clinic. She played a critical role in providing vital education on the pandemic and the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine to her predominantly vaccine-hesitant black and brown communities.

Her dedication to working with disenfranchised communities is demonstrated by her work experiences with diverse communities in the GTA, Atlanta, Nairobi and China.

meyranm@moyohcs.ca
Dawn Scarlett

(She, Her)

Supports Programs Manager

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Since joining the agency in 2007, Dawn has provided direct service to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel. She has worked in various areas of social service: as a child protection worker, in developmental services, providing emergency shelter, and operating food banks. Dawn is passionate about advocating for the needs of folks who are marginalized by systems and policies.

dawns@moyohcs.ca
Adam Chalcraft

(He, Him)

Harm Reduction Program Manager

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Adam Chalcraft is the Harm Reduction Program Manager at Moyo. For the past eleven years, he has been running the harm reduction program for people who use drugs across Peel. He is a Co-Founder of the Peel Harm Reduction Committee and helped to launch the Peel Integrated Drug Strategy. Adam believes in the greater and more meaningful engagement of people who use drugs at all levels of the program. He is passionate about human rights and ensuring that everyone has access to the things that lead to a happy, healthy, meaningful life.

adamc@moyohcs.ca
Dawn Scarlett

(She, Her)

Supports Programs Manager

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Since joining the agency in 2007, Dawn has provided direct service to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel. She has worked in various areas of social service: as a child protection worker, in developmental services, providing emergency shelter, and operating food banks. Dawn is passionate about advocating for the needs of folks who are marginalized by systems and policies.

dawns@moyohcs.ca
Steve Gould

(He, Him)

PHA Engagement Coordinator

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Steve is a 56-year-old gay man living with HIV. Shortly after learning of his HIV status, he became a client and an employee of Moyo, then known as Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN). Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, he now lives in Brampton with his husband of 25 years, his mother-in-law and a cherished (feline-like) Border Collie, Nikki. Steve prides himself on being authentic, vulnerable, humble, and living wholeheartedly. As PHA engagement coordinator, Steve works with the Support Program Manager to help guide Service Users to access supports and services.

steveg@moyohcs.ca
Tsitsi Razawe

(She, Her)

Community Systems Navigator

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tsitsir@moyohcs.ca
Adam Chalcraft

(He, Him)

Harm Reduction Program Manager

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Adam Chalcraft is the Harm Reduction Program Manager at Moyo. For the past eleven years, he has been running the harm reduction program for people who use drugs across Peel. He is a Co-Founder of the Peel Harm Reduction Committee and helped to launch the Peel Integrated Drug Strategy. Adam believes in the greater and more meaningful engagement of people who use drugs at all levels of the program. He is passionate about human rights and ensuring that everyone has access to the things that lead to a happy, healthy, meaningful life.

adamc@moyohcs.ca
Nat Kaminski

(They, Them)

Harm Reduction Outreach Supervisor

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Nat Kaminski has been with Moyo since February 2014 first starting as a student in the harm reduction program. In Nov of 2017, Nat was hired into the Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator position. Nat sits on a number of committees and funding review boards at all levels of government (federal, provincial and regional) advocating for the rights of Womxn & Gender Diverse Populations, housing & individuals experiencing homelessness, sex workers and drug users.

nataliek@moyohcs.ca
Rohan Mohindra

(He, Him)

Harm Reduction Satellite Program Coordinator

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With a Masters in Public Health from the University of Western Ontario, Rohan started working as a practicum student with Moyo in May 2020. He has been working in the Harm Reduction program since May 2021 and co-chairs the Peel Harm Reduction Committee and the Peel Integrated Drug Strategy collaboratives. He is committed to improving socio-cultural determinants of health within the community and addressing systemic inequities for the substance use community in the Peel Region.

rohanm@moyohcs.ca
Anthony Reis
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anthonyr@moyohcs.ca
Stephen McCalla

(He, Him)

Harm Reduction Outreach Worker and Satellite Site Organizer

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I started working as a placement student with Moyo in May 2022. Originating from Jamaica I came to Canada with an open mind but set on success in whatever industry I land. I have been working in the Harm Reduction program since November 2022 and I am now a Harm Reduction Outreach Worker and Satellite Site Organizer. I have always enjoyed helping folks in need and will continue to do so.

stephenm@moyohcs.ca
Justin Schnare

(He, They)

Lead Designer / RainbowSalad Coordinator

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justins@moyohcs.ca
Ho Yan (Winson) Wong

(He, Him)

2SLGBTQ+ Training and Capacity Building Coordinator

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Ho Yan (Winson) Wong is the 2SLGBTQ+ Training and Capacity Building Coordinator at Moyo Health and Community Services. He graduated from the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction. This includes a Human Geography (Focus in Urban Geography and Urban Planning) Specialist and a Practical French Minor. Winson also was a Research Assistant—at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health—for Professor Dionne Gesink on the Geography of Sex Research Project. Winson strongly advocates for, and is dedicated to interdisciplinarity and intersectionality when designing, reforming, and facilitating initiatives and projects.

Winson is currently the Lead Coordinator and Curriculum Designer for the Removing the Barriers Training Program (for Services Providers). He is also the Lead Coordinator for the Totally Outright Program (for Service Users).

winsonw@moyohcs.ca
Michael Segbor

(He, Him)

Gay Men's Health Programs Coordinator

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Michael comes to Moyo with a Bachelor of Social Work with a focus on critical anti-oppressive practice that incorporates perspectives such as Anti-racism, Critical disability, Queer theory, Black feminism, and Indigenous pedagogies from Toronto Metropolitan University. He is passionate about combatting structural and widespread injustices that marginalized communities face with experience supporting Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer Men who have Sex with Men (GBTQMSM). He has also supported folks experiencing disabilities and has done some work with ACB communities as well. Through engaging with his community, Michael looks for opportunities to grow as a social worker and discover creative ways to promote QTIBIPOC excellence and the flourishing of 2SLGBTQ+ persons.

michaels@moyohcs.ca
Colin Samuels

(He, Him)

Operations Manager

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Colin Samuels has been working at Moyo since 2016. He is passionate about the agency's vision to support, guide, and uplift people within all of Peel's diverse communities, particularly people who have experienced trauma. As the agency's Operations Manager, Colin works tirelessly to coordinate the day-to-day operations of the agency and to support our most important resource: our team.

colins@moyohcs.ca
Sandeep Somal

(He, Him)

HR and Admin Coordinator

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Sandeep holds an honours B.A in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and decided to specialize his degree by completing M.A in Organizational Psychology from Adler University. Sandeep is passionate about serving the community he lives in and works with. Sandeep has lived in Brampton his entire life apart from going to school in Vancouver but chose to come back home because his passion is with his community. Sandeep provides Human Resource, and administrative support to the rest of the organization and is always willing to lend a hand when needed.

sandeeps@moyohcs.ca
Meyran Mohamed

(She, Her)

Community Engagement Manager

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Meyran is a first-generation Somali/Canadian. Stemming from her community’s experience of navigating their new world as Black newcomers, Meyran is passionate about addressing social and health inequities experienced by underserved communities, focusing on access to healthcare, health literacy, and navigating the Canadian health system. This, combined with her background in clinical medicine and community health advocacy, focuses on centering marginalized voices and empowering these populations to gain greater control of their physical, mental health and social well-being. In 2021 when the COVID vaccine was rolled out, Meyran volunteered at a number of pop-up vaccine clinics prior to working at West Park Health Center’s Vaccine Clinic. She played a critical role in providing vital education on the pandemic and the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine to her predominantly vaccine-hesitant black and brown communities.

Her dedication to working with disenfranchised communities is demonstrated by her work experiences with diverse communities in the GTA, Atlanta, Nairobi and China.

meyranm@moyohcs.ca
Vaishnavi Koujalagi

(She, Her)

Gender Based Violence Coordinator

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Vaishnavi is the Gender Based Violence Program Coordinator at Moyo HCS. She is a recent graduate of Master’s in Public Health from University of Western, Ontario.

She has previous expertise working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ groups to address gender-based violence. She had tremendous community experience while working as a general dentist in undergraduate studies, which further enhances her understanding of gender inequity. Vaishnavi is committed to remove the root barriers that cause gender based violence and foster intergenerational safer spaces for BIPOC women and LGBTQ+ communities.

vaishnavik@moyohcs.ca
Sharifah Kyomukama

(She, Her)

WHAI Coordinator

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Nalugo Sharifah Kyomukama is a compassionate and dedicated advocate for the rights of people living and affected by HIV. Drawing strength from her personal journey as a person Born and living with HIV, Sharifah has emerged as a resolute voice for the voiceless, challenging societal norms and debunking myths surrounding the rights of young women and girls. Her unwavering commitment extends to supporting movements that strive for gender equality, women's empowerment, and enhanced access to healthcare. With a deep belief in the power of teamwork.

Nalugo's contributions have transcended borders, as she has played a pivotal role in promoting the rights and well-being of people living with HIV on a global scale. Her dedication and passion have earned her a reputation as a staunch advocate for the rights of adolescent girls and young women, overcoming the challenges posed by living with HIV.

Through her extensive work in various organizations and leadership roles, Nalugo has left an indelible mark on the fight against HIV and the advancement of gender equality. Her efforts have empowered countless individuals, especially young people, challenging societal norms and providing a voice for those whose perspectives often go unheard.

Nalugo Sharifah Kyomukama's journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and unwavering advocacy. Her unyielding spirit and commitment to empowering youth have made her an invaluable advocate for positive change. As she continues to drive forward issues of gender equality, access to healthcare, and women's empowerment, she paves the way for a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

sharifahk@moyohcs.ca
Annet Namubiru

(She, Her)

Mental Health Promotion Coordinator

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annetn@moyohcs.ca
Ashley Nazaire
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ashleyn@moyohcs.ca
Kandi Beggs-Calder
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kandib@moyohcs.ca
Joy
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