Our team reflects the diversity of the LGBTIQ2S community we support. Their lived-experience informs our comprehensive services and programs, creating a welcoming and uplifting space for youth.
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While we come from a wide array of backgrounds and professional experiences, what unites us is our dedication to supporting LGBTIQ2S youth.
Carol’s background is in the banking and nonprofit sector. A strong supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, she is dedicated to developing and mentoring others with leadership aspirations. She has led a number of initiatives in support of women in security and the promotion of LGBTQI2S employees.
Lucy Gallo, MSW, RSW
Director, Youth Services and Housing
Lucy is a social worker who has worked in counselling and clinical services in the community mental health sector since 2007. Lucy loves seeing the changes that happen for the youth as they engage in programming. Lucy loves to walk their dog, Ruby, at the beach, attend community events, and talk politics.
Director, Development and Direct Marketing
Jill is an experienced and passionate relationship manager who has worked at non-profits in the arts and culture, science and research sectors. At Friends of Ruby, she connects donors, advocates and allies to our mission and vision – mobilizing programs that empower LGBTQI2S youth. You can find Jill blind-tasting wine for her upcoming wine-tasting certification.
Dr. Leticia Ferreira
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Leticia has more than 15 years of experience in business planning and strategy, research, project management and stakeholder engagement. She has worked in her own consultancy and with organizations in Canada and around the world. As a queer immigrant woman, she is proud to support an organization dedicated to the well-being of LGBTQI2S youth.
Manager, Human Resources
Lucia has more than ten years of experience working in the non-profit sector in Canada and in South America. Her background is in Psychology and in Management of Nonprofit Organizations. She provides support to staff in matters related to Human Resources and Operations. Lucia loves spending time with her family and friends, travelling, and trying new sports.
Rouba holds 8 years’ experience in not for profit as a financial specialist. She holds an MBA that helped her develop her budgeting, reporting and management skills. Outside of work, Rouba is a professional basketball player and played for the national team of Lebanon. She is friendly, eager to learn and loves all kind of sports.
Brittany has been working and supporting youth in housing for over 10 years. She has worked in Toronto and York Region on different housing initiatives. She is a strong believer in creating an environment where people feel appreciated and can engage in ways that are meaningful to them. Brittany loves all things baseball and a good cup of tea.
Max is a writer and communications specialist who has previously worked at PR agencies and political advocacy organizations. He is thrilled to be at Friends of Ruby, helping to empower LGBTQI2S youth, and that he’s finally putting to use his undergrad thesis on the history of sexual diversity. Max is currently writing a supernatural novel for young adults.
Program and Evaluation Lead
Andrea is a monitoring and evaluation professional who has worked with a number of different organizations supporting communities internationally. She is really excited to shift her focus and support communities locally by empowering LGBTQI2S youth. She loves to explore new places both inside and outside of the city!
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Haider is a non-profit professional experienced in working for philanthropic causes with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. They are pleased to combine their education and lived experience at Friends of Ruby, writing email marketing campaigns and upholding donor stewardship. Haider enjoys learning history, nature, and listening to classical music.
Erica is a trauma-informed compassionate clinician who provides psychological care to encourage healing. Erica began her clinical practice working with folks in addiction recovery within rehabilitation programming and as a counsellor in community. Erica is committed to ongoing learning and development. She also loves to indulge her sweet tooth.
Rae is a clinical counsellor who has worked as a peer supporter and therapy coach. In addition to providing individual counselling, Rae co-facilitates group programs such as DBT, Mindfulness and the Skills for Safer Living group. She is passionate about blending evidence-based therapies with anti-oppressive and transformative justice approaches.
Housing Case Manager
Michael has a post-graduate education in Addictions and Mental Health, and worked for several organizations that serve the LGBTQI2S community in the GTA. He is excited to be working at Friends of Ruby’s new transitional home. Michael loves reading books by BIPOC authors and stanning women in pop music.
Colleen is a seasoned assistant with over 10 years’ experience. Colleen is grateful to be a part of the team at Friends of Ruby by helping to empower LGBTQI2S youth. Colleen loves her dogs and can always be found with them at her side.
Harold is a child- and youth-care practitioner who has worked with neurodiverse youth in various practicums. Wanting to work specifically with the LGBTQI2S community, he came to Friends of Ruby and is now able to apply empirical, conceptual and personal experience into his work. Harold loves photography and playing video games.
Quinn is a queer, trans, white settler and frontline community support worker. After completing a BA in Diversity & Equity Studies, they engaged in peer work with LGBTQI2S youth while pursuing their social service worker diploma. Quinn facilitates arts-based groups and is passionate about exploring how art and creativity can be used as transformative tools to create change.
Mel is a transmasculine clinical counsellor whose approach honours the unique resiliencies that every person holds, while staying attuned to the impact of systemic oppression on people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. They are deeply moved by the opportunity to support other trans and queer people on their personal journeys, moving forward together.
Dorsa is a Project Coordinator with experience in project management. She has a BA in Architectural Engineering and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Management. For Friends of Ruby, she works to ensure that projects and activities are executed with the utmost efficiency for LGBTQI2S youth. She loves to paint and play video games.
Mina came to counselling through a desire to nurture authenticity and celebrate the many nuances that make us human. Her education and life experience led her to roles that actively resist stigma, judgement and the full spectrum of dehumanization. Mina is consistently moved and inspired in her work with 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
Strategic Initiative Coordinator
Kellum is a community engagement and creative professional who champions authentic conversations. After years of people and product management, Kellum is putting their Philosophy degree to good use bridging the theory behind the practical programming that empowers queer youth to be their true self. Kellum loves to read, cook and go urban exploring.
Claire came to counselling through her combined passion for social justice and emotional well-being. Her work focuses on themes of emotion, attachment, curiosity and trauma-informed therapies. Claire is proud to be part of the Friends of Ruby and 2SLGBTQ+ communities and honoured by the stories she witnesses in her work with young adults.
Development and Grants Officer
Donna has over 20 years of experience as a fundraiser in the arts and social sectors. Donna is excited to be working with the team at Friends of Ruby to help donors and funders support the change they want to see in their community. Outside of work, Donna hones her skills as a painter, photographer and origamian.
Tabitha is a youth worker with an MA focused on children and families who has previously worked within the foster care system and youth transitioning from care. She’s excited to share her knowledge of community programs and to support LGBTQIS2 youth to reach their goals. Tabitha is a self-proclaimed cat lady who rescues and foster cats (47 so far!).
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