Hiv/aids is a crisis in Toronto’s Black communities and do you have a vision



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Do you think that HIV/AIDS is a crisis in Toronto’s Black communities and do you have a VISION for the future of HIV/AIDS programming in Toronto?
Would you like to LEAD the growth and development of an organization focused on supporting people living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS?
Are you interested in FUNDRAISING to address HIV/AIDS in our community?
If you do, Black CAP would like you to consider joining its Board of Directors.
The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) is Canada’s largest Black-specific AIDS service organization and has worked to respond to HIV and AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities since 1989. Our work is guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, which serves as a reminder of our commitment to the human rights of all Black people who are vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Black CAP’s mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities and enhance the quality of life of Black people living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS
We provide services to heterosexual women and men; gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people; newcomers; youth; and others in every aspect of our work. Black CAP works to reduce the high rates of HIV in Toronto and supports people living with HIV through outreach, prevention, support and volunteer programming. At Black CAP we recognize the unique impact of anti-Black racism and the stigma associated with HIV and sexual orientation. We also acknowledge the importance of confidentiality and have strict policies in place to protect the privacy of our clients.
Black CAP is a responsive and sustainable organization led by an empowered Board. Our Board fosters an environment where leadership is mentored. Black CAP is recruiting two (2) new Board members who can support the development of the organization and to lead the implementation of our 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. Board members are also asked to commit to a three-year term and are required to attend monthly Board meetings and at least one additional meeting per month. Board members are also expected to support agency fundraising and promote our work.
We are seeking Board members who are engaged in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. Black CAP’s Board is also highly committed to recruiting PHAs (people living with HIV/AIDS) to lead the development of the organization and we strongly encourage PHAs to consider this opportunity. This year we are also focused on ensuring that the Board is balanced in relation to gender, gender identity, HIV status and age. We are also seeking members with knowledge of the impact of HIV in Toronto’s Black communities and some of the following skills/knowledge related to fundraising, marketing and communications, governance and organizational development.


If you are interested, please read the information package below and complete the Board recruitment form. Completed applications must be returned by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 20th, 2016. If you have any questions please email or call Shannon Ryan for more information at 416-977-9955, ext. 227 or by email at board@black-cap.com

Information Package

Who we are

The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) is a volunteer-driven, charitable, non-profit, community-based organization. We work in partnership with organizations and individuals who support, in principle and practice, our mission, philosophy and activities.


In 1989, members of Toronto’s Black communities formed the agency in order to generate awareness and education within the community, on HIV transmission and prevention. In 1991, the organization was incorporated and received its charitable status.
Our mission is to reduce the spread of HIV within Toronto’s diverse Black communities and to enhance the quality of life of Black people living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS. We believe in a holistic approach to AIDS education, prevention and support and recognize AIDS as a manageable, chronic disease.
Black CAP has an annual budget of $1.2 million and is funded by a range of funders, these include the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - AIDS Bureau, the City of Toronto, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the MAC AIDS Fund, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and a range of others. This funding supports 23 full and part-time staff to deliver programs and services, and also supports administration and infrastructure.
Board Membership

Black CAP’s Board is a Policy Governance Board. That is, the Board sets the long term vision for the agency and focuses on the ‘big picture’ while staff focus on operations. Policy Boards set strategic directions, monitor the finances and budget of the organization, and ensure accountability to the community, membership and clients.


Black CAP’s Board has twelve members and an Executive which is comprised of the Chair, co-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Board members are required to commit to a three-year term and plan to attend 2-3 meetings per month, be involved in fundraising and in the work of the promotion of the agency.
Required Skills and Attributes

Board members must have some familiarity with HIV/AIDS, STIs, and sexual health. We are also seeking individuals with experience working in Black, African and Caribbean communities. Members must also be comfortable working in an environment which is focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, reducing homophobia, HIV related stigma and anti-Black racism. Black CAP is trying to create a responsive and sustainable organization led by an empowered and involved Board which fosters an environment where leadership is mentored.


Black CAP is recruiting new Board members who can support the development of the organization and to lead the implementation of our 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. Board members are also asked to commit to a three-year term. We are seeking Board members who possess some of these skills and are also reflective and representative of our client community. Black CAP’s Board is also highly committed to recruiting PHAs (people living with HIV/AIDS) to lead the development of the organization and we strongly encourage PHAs to consider this opportunity. In keeping with MIPA (the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS) principles Black CAP has a significant interest in enabling a safe and inclusive environment where PHAs can draw on their lived experiences with HIV/AIDS.
The Board is comprised of twelve members who represent a range of constituents from the diverse populations that Black CAP serves. Our goal is to make the Board as reflective of our community as possible to ensure that the broadest range of voices is included in Black CAP’s work. We seek representation from a number of communities, these include:


  • A mix of continental, national and ethnic origins

  • Communities living with, or affected by HIV

  • Lesbian, bisexual, gay and queer communities

  • Trans* communities

  • Newcomer and immigrant communities

  • Youth communities

  • Substance using communities

  • Communities who are highly vulnerable to HIV including prisoners, people with experience in the sex trade and others

This year we are also focused on ensuring that the Board is balanced in relation to gender, gender identity, HIV status and age. We are also seeking members who have an understanding of the importance of intersectionality in our work. Intersectionality is the examination of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination. It recognizes that various experiences of oppression compound one another, and that it is impossible to tackle them one at a time. This approach also recognizes that each of us carries multiple identities that bring with them either privilege or marginalization and it is the confluence of these identities that often result in disparities. This approach also recognizes that these identities are important and relevant as we work with people. In a practical sense, for organizations like Black CAP this is a useful framework to consider as we develop approaches for governance, programming and services. In fact, our organization was founded on an understanding of intersectionality and an honouring of the range of identities that exist within our communities.
We are also seeking members with knowledge of the impact of HIV in Toronto’s Black communities and some of the following skills/knowledge:


  • Gender and Gender Identity

  • Marketing and Communications

  • Fundraising

  • Trans Issues

  • Governance and Planning

  • Program Evaluation


Our 2012-2106 Strategic Plan

Black CAP launched a new strategic plan in January 2012. Our strategic directions include:


Solidify Our Base

In the past few years, we have grown significantly with new programs, new issues and new populations; our staff team has expanded, our operations have become more multifaceted and we have moved to a larger space. The pace of change has been rapid and it is time to stabilize as we continue to evolve. We will solidify our base by:




  • Strengthening our organizational capacity, communication and collaboration.

  • Enhancing and developing operational policies, practices and systems that align with our philosophy and support achievement of our mission.

  • Supporting staff, management, Board members and volunteers with clearly articulated roles and responsibilities as well as skills development and capacity enhancement.


Enhance Our Visibility

With the shifting demographics of Toronto’s Black communities and our growth in programming, we need to be clear about who we are, what we do and who we serve. There are also implications for the partnerships we engage in. We will enhance our visibility by:




  • Creating and implementing a new marketing and communications strategy with a clear Black CAP identity.

  • Delivering programs and services to our communities in various geographic locations.

  • Sharing our expertise in undertaking research and delivering programs and services to the diverse Black communities.

  • Working as conveners, collaborators, leaders, advocates and partners in service delivery, programming and research as well as in efforts to build community and influence public policy.


Invest in the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS and Achieving Equity and Inclusion for Our Communities

Inclusion and the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) have been core parts of our identity. They are a reflection of our commitment to social justice; a commitment we want to continue and further. We believe we have a responsibility to take action on the determinants of health. We will invest in the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS and achieving equity and inclusion for our communities by:




  • Realigning existing and developing new prevention, outreach and support programs and services to better respond to our diverse populations and HIV specific issues within the Black communities.

  • Deepening our programs and services using evidence to inform and innovate the work we do. Fostering an environment where people living with HIV/AIDS can actively lead, be engaged, participate and contribute.

  • Nurturing self-reflection and critical analysis while working to identify and eliminate all forms of oppression within and outside of our organization.


Diversify and Increase Our Revenues

Our sources of funding and our fundraised dollars have been limited. With a fluctuating economic climate, shifting government priorities and diverse community needs to be met, where we get funding and how we fundraise has to evolve. We need to be creative, intentional and structured in our approach and in measuring our success. We will diversify and increase our revenues by:




  • Executing a fund development plan with multiple strategies targeting government funders, private sector and individual donors.

  • Incorporating our staff, management, Board members and volunteers in fund development initiatives and activities.

  • Collaborating with others to raise funds.


Our Programs

Black CAP delivers a range of services to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black communities. Our organization is focused on providing services to clients from African and Caribbean countries where HIV is endemic. Approximately 70% of our direct service clients are newcomers to Canada. We estimate that 50-60% of persons reached through our broader prevention and outreach strategies are also newcomers to Canada. Our services are specifically focused on both African and Caribbean communities including: Jamaican, Guyanese, Trinidadian, Haitian, Ethiopian, Ugandan, Somali, and South African.


Our outreach and education activities increase people’s knowledge of HIV/AIDS and give people the tools to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection. Our Outreach and Education programs include:


  • The delivery of workshops focused on HIV/AIDS, healthy sexuality and anti-homophobia training.

  • Distribution of condoms, safer sex kits and other resources at community events, bars, barbershops, community centers, bathhouses, schools and more.

  • A harm-reduction program which supports clients who use substances and distributes inhalation and injection equipment in the community.

Black CAP also delivers prevention programs that are focused on developing innovative and effective methods of reducing HIV infection rates in Toronto’s Black, African and Caribbean communities. Our prevention programs include:




  • Prevention initiatives focused on reducing HIV infections rates in young females from Africa and the Caribbean.

  • Prevention programming focused on young gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

  • Programming to support HIV positive youth to develop healthy relationships and to identify strategies for disclosure.

Black CAP delivers support programs for people infected with HIV and those affected by HIV such as partners, close friends and family members. Our support programs include:




  • Providing counseling, workshops, assistance and advocacy for clients with HIV.

  • Treatment and support groups for men and women living with HIV.

  • Hospital and house visits for people who are too sick to travel.

  • Providing financial, transportation and nutritional assistance for those with HIV/AIDS.

  • Settlement programming for newcomers who are LGBT or living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Employment programming for clients who are interested in finding work, accessing training or interested in identifying strategies to maintain employment.

  • Support and accompaniment services in relation to health care and treatment, immigration, housing and other issues.

  • Information and referrals to other service providers.

  • An annual healing retreat and celebration of life event for people with HIV.

Black CAP also has a volunteer program that places volunteers within these programs. Our volunteer program promotes voluntarism across the City of Toronto and for Black communities.


The Recruitment Process

Completed applications must be returned by 5:00 pm on Friday May 20th, 2016. Applicants will be assessed against recruitment criteria and short listed for an interview in mid-June.

Board Recruitment Form


Contact Information

Name




Address




Home Phone




Can we leave a detailed message if necessary? Yes No

Cell Phone




Email







Skills and Experience

(use additional space if required)

Please complete the following:

  • I am engaged in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities – Yes No

  • As a Board member I am willing to financially support Black CAP – Yes No

  • I will take an active role in fundraising (ie. soliciting gifts, promoting events, attending fundraisers) – Yes No

  • I would like to be involved in helping Black CAP achieve its mission – Yes No

  • As a Board member I would be committed to attending Board and Committee meetings every month– Yes No

1a) Why would you like to be a member of the Black CAP Board?


1b) Describe any relevant governance, volunteer, personal or work experience.


2) Tell us how your qualifications, skills and lived experience have prepared you to take on this role.


3) Please review the following scenario:

You are a member of the Black CAP Board and a Board colleague tells you that she feels that other Board members are disrespectful and transphobic. She is a trans woman who has recently transitioned. Historically she has presented her identity as ‘male’. Since her transition, Board members (including the Chair) continue to use pronouns such as ‘him’ and ‘his’ when referring to her at Board meetings. You’ve also noticed that when she corrects them people tend to say things like ‘it’s ok … you know what we mean’, laugh it off and are very dismissive.

How would you address this situation?


4) Describe a time when you experienced discrimination or oppression in your lived or work experience. How did you deal with it or, if you didn’t deal with it, how could you have dealt with it? What did you learn from this experience and what, if anything, would you do differently?


Optional question: Black CAP works to promote the leadership of people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) in the organization and seeks the leadership of PHAs on the Board. If you are comfortable doing so, please tell us if you are a PHA. This information is confidential and will not be used beyond the recruitment process.

Yes


Please attach your resume to this form and return to board@black-cap.com with the subject line “Board Application”. Completed applications must be returned by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 20th, 2016.

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