Mentorship Program

We are currently seeking applications for mentees for our new mentorship program. Our program offers support related to building and operating 2Spirit and LGBTQ+ community organizations. 

Our program has experienced mentors who hold sexually and gender diverse identities and have worked with a diverse range of nonprofit and community organizations. Their areas of expertise span from nonprofit governance to program development and everything in between. 

Eligibility for Mentees

Mentees must be affiliated with one of our member organizations. They can be an employee, a board member, or a dedicated volunteer.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please send an email to info@enchantenetwork.ca 

Who Should Become a Mentee?

Our mentorship program is geared towards mentees who are looking for guidance on how to build capacity within their local 2Spirit or LGBTQ+ organization. 

Mentees must be affiliated with one of our member organizations. They can be an employee, a board member, or a dedicated volunteer.

Moreover, mentees may also be looking for individualized support in building their careers as sexually or gender diverse leaders. 

Whether you are on the team of a small, newly established organization, or whether you are a newer employee at one of our larger member organizations, we can find you a mentor that suits your needs. 

If you still have questions on whether you would. benefit from this program, then please send an email to info@enchantenetwork.ca 

How to Join the Program

To apply to be a mentor: although we have already launched our first cohort of mentors, we are still accepting applications for mentors on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

To apply to be a mentee: please hit the button below to submit your application.

Mentorship Program

We are currently seeking applications for mentees for our new mentorship program. Our program offers support related to building and operating 2Spirit and LGBTQ+ community organizations. 

Our program has experienced mentors who hold sexually and gender diverse identities and have worked with a diverse range of nonprofit and community organizations. Their areas of expertise span from nonprofit governance to program development and everything in between.

Who should become a mentee?

At the Enchanté Network, we believe that every member of the 2Spirit and LGBTQ+ community deserves to have a mentor that understands their unique needs and context. That’s why we built a mentorship program geared towards mentees who are looking for guidance on how to build capacity within their local 2Spirit / LGBTQ+ organization.  

Mentees belong to one of our member organizations. They can be an employee, a board member, or a dedicated volunteer. Moreover, mentees may also be looking for individualized support in building their careers as sexually or gender diverse leaders. 

Whether you are on the team of a small, newly established organization, or whether you are a newer employee at one of our larger member organizations, we can find you a mentor that suits your needs. At the Enchanté Network, we believe that every

If you still have questions on whether you would. benefit from this program, then please send an email to info@enchantenetwork.ca 

Eligibility

Mentees must be affiliated with one of our member organizations. They can be an employee, a board member, or a dedicated volunteer. 

If you have any questions about eligibility, please send an email to info@enchantenetwork.ca  

 

How to Join the Program

To apply to be a mentor: although we have already launched our first cohort of mentors, we are still accepting applications for mentors on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

To apply to be a mentee: please hit the button below to submit your application. 

Enchanté Network Mentors 

 

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Executive Director
She/her


Debbie is a Black queer feminist with over 8 years of local and international advocacy experience in a variety of roles ranging from programming and counselling to policy analysis and project management. She is the new Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD). Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies; and a Masters Degree in International Development Policy from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University).
 
Debbie has had the pleasure of bridging my passion for social justice with international development at Oxfam Canada and volunteering with feminist organizations like the Ottawa Dyke March, Harmony House Women’s Shelter, and Planned Parenthood Ottawa. She is also a board member of the Venus Envy Access Fund creating funding opportunities for members of the community she loves so much!

Berkha Gupta

LGBT YouthLine
Executive Director
They/them

Berkha is the Executive Director of LGBT YouthLine, a 2SLGBTQ+ youth-led organization that provides peer support and youth leadership opportunities to 2SLGBTQ youth across Ontario. Most of their work has been focused on increasing services and programming for 2SLGBTQ people, especially youth and people of colour; this also includes facilitating trainings and skills-building for service providers, educators, and youth on various topics related to increasing safety, reducing isolation, and building capacity to create more anti-oppressive spaces.

Away from YouthLine, Berkha is involved in community projects like a colour deep, QTBIPOC Sauga, and the Toronto Jam. Thanks to their Toronto jamily, Berkha has spent the last few years currently exploring ways to centre joy, healing, and community in all their spaces. 

Fae Johnstone

Kind Space
Board Member
They/she


Fae Johnstone is an organizer, educator, writer and consultant based on unceded, surrendered Algonquin territory (Ottawa, ON). Over the past two years, she has helped organize the Odawa Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Diverse March, which brings together trans communities and our allies to create community and advocate for change in Ottawa. Fae has advocated for trans and 2SLGBTQ+ rights locally and nationally. She was involved in the fight for federal trans rights in 2017 and organized against the Ford government’s repeal of Ontario’s trans-inclusive sex-ed curriculum in 2019. Last but certainly not least, Fae is known for her deep love of ferrets and her involvement with the Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa. 

John Syliboy

Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance
Interim Executive Director / Co-Founder
Nekem (Mi’kmaw ungendered pronoun of “that person”) 


 John R. is L’nu (Mi’kmaq) from the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia. John works in social and cultural development, health and education policy, and research and community development for Atlantic Indigenous communities, especially for Two-Spirits and Indigenous LGBTQ+. John collaborates on regional and national projects in research, community development and youth leadership development in the Atlantic region and Canada. He promotes Indigenous perspectives in health and research. John is a consultant in First Nations educational governance, Two-Eyed Seeing approach in education and research, post-secondary education needs, and areas that impact the health and well-being and educational outcomes of the Mi’kmaq, Indigenous Peoples, and Two-Spirits.

John is a co-founder of the Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance (W2SA), which helps to build support and awareness on Two-Spirits in Mi’kma’ki and Canada. He is currently in his doctoral studies at McGill University. He will research about gender, sexuality and sex, and the terms 2SLGBTQIA+ to build positive cultural identity through language revitalization to reflect the diversity of gender identities and sexualities of Mi’kmaq youth in a contemporary context. 

Ian Capstick

Secret Agents
Founder
He/him


Ian Capstick is a social entrepreneur, political strategist and storyteller. His early career in politics allowed him to travel the country extensively, learning to listen to folks and work step by step to solve problems. After founding his first company, he spent eight seasons as a contributor to CBC’s flagship political program Power & Politics. Outside of politics, he has managed communications for top Canadian corporations, major unions and well known Canadians and media-figures. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Centre for Social Impact Strategy (2017), Ian returned to the program as a Teaching Fellow (2018-2020).

Justin Khan

The 519
Director of Public Interest and Legal Initiatives
He/Him 


 Justin is a community-focused lawyer and organizer who has worked for a number of years with individuals and communities directly impacted by systemic inequality. As a legal professional, he has seen firsthand the many challenges that LGBTQ2S people face while navigating the justice system or accessing social services. Justin is responsible for overseeing The 519’s Access to Justice and Direct Legal Service initiatives – including The 519 Legal Clinic, the Refugee Mock Hearing Program, and the Trans ID Clinic. He also works in partnership with other justice-focused organizations to create and collaborate on public legal education workshops and resources for local communities.

 Prior to joining The 519, Justin led a not-for-profit public legal education program for marginalized youth, Law in Action Within Schools, at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He was responsible for overseeing the organization’s core youth program and worked closely with newcomer youth.

 Justin is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program with a focus on public legal education and community organizing from a queer BIPOC perspective. 

Kairyn Bureau

Edmonton 2 Spirit Society
Chair of Outreach and Education
He/him


Kairyn is a 2S Nakota Sioux youth worker and advocate for the 2S Community. Kairyn is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology at MacEwan University and have dreams of being a registered counsellor one day.

Christian Tanguay

Centre communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montréal
Executive Director
He/him 


 Christian has been the Executive Director of the LGBTQ + community centre in Montreal for 6 years. He has also been involved in the LGBTQ + community for over 15 years, in youth organizations and in collective defenses of rights for LGBTQ + people. One of his biggest accomplishments is to significantly increase the centre’s operating budget in addition to participating in many large-scale LGBTQ + events, both in North America and in Europe, and to develop a very good network.

Rachel Loewen Walker

The Enchanté Network
President
She/her


 Rachel Loewen Walker is the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights with the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan where her research focusses on gender, sexuality, and human rights. Prior to this, Rachel served as the Executive Director of OUTSaskatoon for nearly seven years. During her tenure, the organization grew from six to fifteen employees, now reaching more than twelve thousand people per year with an annual operating budget of just over a million dollars. While at OUTSaskatoon, Rachel worked with 2SLGBTQ leaders across Canada to develop The Enchanté Network, a national organization that works to build the capacity and reach of Two Spirit and LGBTQ Centres and Rachel currently serves as the President of The Enchanté Network’s board of directors.

Rachel has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Alberta, and has taught and published in the areas of feminist and queer theory, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of time.

Throughout Rachel’s community and academic work she has developed expertise in non-profit organization management, facilitation, leadership, and policy analysis, while focusing on opening up spaces for social change, cultural diversity, and greater collaboration across non-profit, University, governmental, and other spheres. 

Hayley Moody

LGBT YouthLine
Manager, Provincial Engagement
She/her


 Hayley is a queer, two-spirit mixed-race Anishinaabekwe with roots from along the shores of Georgian Bay, England and Germany, and currently lives in Owen Sound, Ontario on Saugeen territory. Most of her work has centered around sexual violence advocacy, and working with youth in a counselling and support role, always prioritizing healing as an act of resistance. She spends a lot of her time being critical of the Canadian colonial state, and dreaming of land reclamation and youth-led revolutions. She can also be found watching ridiculous TV shows, putting maple syrup on all foods, and finding ways to connect to her traditional territory. 

Yoshith Perera

 Moyo HCS
Manager, Health Promotion and Prevention Programs
He/him

 Yoshi is a program administrator with an AIDS service organization in Ontario, Canada. He began his career in clinical medicine in the People’s Republic of China and soon migrated to Canada where he found his passion in Public Health. Currently, Yoshi works to build the capacity of service providers and communities to better serve people who identify as two spirit and LGBTQ+. Using health equity, anti-oppressive and cultural humility lenses, he works with agencies and equity-seeking groups to expand their understanding of communities oppressed by our systems and structures. Equipped with a Master of Public Health (Western University), competencies in project management and over 10 years of community leadership, Yoshi looks forward to creating health equity gains with communities. 

Emmett Lamache

 The Enchanté Network
Executive Director
All pronouns

 Emmett is an afab non-binary franco-Albertan queer from Treaty 6 territory, who has been actively working on creating inclusive spaces for sexual and gender diversity within the context of francophone minorities since 2016. They were a founding member of the Comité FrancoQueer de l’Ouest, for which they were the Communications Director for over a year. Emmett enjoys RuPaul’s Drag Race in their spare time, which they avidly watch with their partner, Rae, and their two cats, Diego and Thibeault.

Shakir Rahim

AIDS Committee of Toronto
Board Member
He/him  


 Shakir is a queer racialized man and a lawyer at Kastner Lam LLP, a progressive law firm in Toronto. He has extensive governance experience in the LGBTQ2+ community. Shakir is a board member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), where he sits on the Leadership and Governance Committee. He previously served on the boards of JusticeTrans, the Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), where he was Board Vice-Chair. Shakir has been involved with policy development, strategic planning, ED recruitment, financial oversight, stakeholder relations, community outreach, and media relations.  

Shakir has also served the community as an advisor/advocate. He is a member of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization and has served on working groups of the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario (GMSH). In 2018, in the aftermath of the McArthur case, he co-led ASAAP’s advocacy campaign to establish the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations. He served on the Working Group that recommended the Review’s form, terms of reference, and Chair. 

Colin Druhan

Pride at Work Canada
Executive Director
He/him


Colin joined Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada as Executive Director in 2014. Since then, he has prioritized the extension of the organization’s reach outside of Canada’s largest cities into a wide range of communities across the country. and has been thrilled to watch the organization’s membership more than quadrupled. He frequently shares his expertise in workplace inclusion through public speaking and in writing for publications like HR Professional and IN Magazine.

In 2019 Colin was the youngest person ever named a finalist for the Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year Award. In 2020 he was named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, joining a prestigious group of rising leaders who are passionate about shaping their communities within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. A longtime proponent of public service, Colin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Toronto, Canada’s largest volunteer centre with over forty years of experience connecting volunteers with the organizations that need them.

Originally from Cole Harbour, NS, he has lived in Ontario for over fifteen years, during which time he has consistently engaged with queer, trans and 2S communities through working and volunteering with organizations like The 519, the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film & Video Festival and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.  

Rihkee Strap

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Program Manager
They/them


Rihkee is a Metis of the Wolverine Clan as well as a multi-disciplinary artist and #StudioY Alumni from the MaRS Discovery District. Rihkee has extensive experience in community organizing in Northern Ontario communities, bringing together diverse stakeholders using different methodologies for the ultimate purpose of community change and improvement. Their skills in graphic facilitation, project design, and community engagement combined with their entrepreneurial spirit have led to a number of successful projects.

At present, they are based in North Bay and work as a program manager for the Youth Opportunities Fund, and keep an artistic practice. They volunteer for the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance. Their past projects have included “Make A Living Making Art” workshop series, funded by TD Michaelle Jean Foundation’s Art Bursary Award, and many others.

Marie Houzeau

GRIS-Montréal
Executive Director
She/her


Marie Houzeau has led GRIS-Montreal since 2005. Founded in 1994, this community organization is the most prominent service for education on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools in Quebec.

Marie is also a consultant for the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec. As such, she has trained thousands of professionals to adapt their interventions to LGBT clients and to be sensitive to their vulnerability.

In 2016, she was recognized for her commitment to building a world more open to diversity, receiving both the medal from the National Assembly of Quebec, and the “Woman of Distinction” award, Social Commitment category, awarded by the YWCA Foundation. In 2019, she received the HR Recognition Award, NPO category, from the Order of Human Resources Advisors of Quebec