Our Team

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. 

We are here to help

While we come from a wide array of backgrounds and professional experiences, what unites us is our dedication to supporting LGBTIQ2S youth.  

Our Leadership Team

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Carol Osler

(She/Her)

Executive Director

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.

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Lucy Gallo, MSW, RSW

(They/Them/She/Her)

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.

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Jill Oba

(She/Her)

Director, Development and Marketing

Jill is an experienced and passionate fundraiser and marketer who has worked at non-profits in the arts and culture, science and research sectors. At Friends of Ruby, she connects donors and community to our mission and vision – mobilizing programs that empower LGBTQI2S youth. Jill practices self care through physical movement, listening to podcasts and drinking wine.

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Dr. Leticia Ferreira

(She/Her)

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.

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Rouba Anka

(She/Her)

Director, Finance & Business Operations

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.

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Ming Smith

(She/Her)

Manager, People and Culture

Ming is an experienced HR professional, with a specialization in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. She has worked within the Digital Technology, CPG, and Non-Profit sectors. Outside of work, she splits her free time volunteering with different organizations to teach financial literacy, career, and life skills to at-risk youth.

Alban Joxhe

(He/Him)

Director of Transitional Housing

Alban’s dream since he was a little was living in a unified world without borders and moral exclusions. A world filled with compassion, love, and kindness. Alban brings a wealth of knowledge from his 15 years of experience in the business and non-profit sector. In his down time, Alban loves travelling, reading, art, fashion, music and enjoy a glass of wine while cooking or dining with friends.

Board of Directors

Ed Clark

Chair

Jen McCain

Vice-chair

Malcolm Lang

Treasurer

Catherine Meade

Secretary

Paul Boniferro

Arundel Gibson

Keith Hambly

Jacki Lewis

Martha McCain

David Reycraft

Sheerin Sheikh

Brian Smith

Marianne Smith

Shelley Spence

Andrea Tsuji