Current Board Members 2020
Lindsey Li has almost a decade of experience serving on non-profit boards in the areas of research & advocacy, civic engagement, and social services, and joined ACAS in October 2018. Lindsey was previously employed at a philanthropic foundation and has also worked in social policy research, community development, child rights, fundraising, scholarship programming and marketing & communications. A first-generation Canadian raised the prairies, Lindsey completed an undergraduate degree in international development and globalization studies at the University of Ottawa as a Loran Scholar. She currently works in online events operations and hospitality.
Rainer Oktovianus started his work in LGBTQ, HIV and human rights activism by joining Q! Film Festival between 2009 – 2011, the biggest and most controversial festival in Southeast Asia. Soon after, he received a crash course on Human Rights from Amnesty International. Between his profession as a Managing Editor for several publications, Rainer works closely with several LGBTQ organizations. One of them is Arus Pelangi, an advocacy group in Indonesia. In 2015, he joined HIVOS as Communication Coordinator, focusing on HIV and sexual health for the transgender community and MSM in six networking countries in Southeast Asia by initiating the #BreakTheStigma and #SayYesToLife campaigns.
In 2016, a rising wave of anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Indonesia with the involvement of radical groups caused a nation-wide witch-hunt for LGBTQ people. This along with government pressure resulted in him and his spouse emigrating to Canada. In Vancouver, Rainer joined as a Board Member for Rainbow Refugee, a community-based charity group supporting LGBTQ refugees in the lower mainland of British Columbia. He also volunteers his time to support the Qmunity in various programs including Out On Screen. In 2019, Rainer and his husband moved to Toronto and were privileged to be ambassadors for CATIE’s “Can’t Pass It On” campaign for U=U in the same year. Rainer was also invited as one of the guests on Canada’s Drag Race for its debut in 2020 alongside his husband. Outside his activism work, Rainer is a professional photographer with several established exhibitions and is the videographer of “Transland: Dili Chapter”, a short documentary of the trans community in Dili, East Timor. He enjoys travelling, scuba-diving and snowboarding with his husband and spending time at home with his two dogs and one cat.
Bradyn Ko is a social worker and psychotherapist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Bradyn has first introduced to ACAS through the QAY program almost a decade ago and has stayed involved within the ACAS community as a service user, program advisor, and now a board member. Bradyn joined the board of directors in 2019 as a member-at-large. Bradyn currently serves on the board as the secretary and sits on a number of committees including policy and governance. Bradyn holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and brings a diversity of skills and experiences, from clinical expertise in mental health, leadership and governance, to social justice advocacy.
Paul Jonathan Saguil is a lawyer and works as a risk management executive at a major financial institution. Among various volunteer roles, he has served as Chair of Start Proud/Out On Bay Street, Vice-Chair of The 519, Vice President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Corporate Treasurer of the Ontario Justice Education Network, and Corporate Secretary of Pride Toronto. As a longtime community advocate working to advance equity and access for marginalized groups, he intends to support ACAS by enhancing its governance and financial sustainability planning.
Michelle Tam (she/her) is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Michelle holds a MA in Gender Studies from Queen’s University and a BSc (Hons) in Life Science from Queen’s University. In recent years, Michelle has worked on community-based research projects around the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, citizenship, and health. Currently, her doctoral research examines reproductive technologies and access for racialized LGBTQ+ folks. Michelle has been involved with ACAS since 2015.
Raymund Carino is a settler from the Philippines who’s been living in Canada since 2011. He has a degree in Business Administration and completed a Project Management program. He currently works as a Sr Analyst in the Telecommunications industry. He has been a part of ACAS since 2019, and He has attended the SLAM men’s Conference, the PinkDOT event, and he regularly attends information sessions and events for the men’s program. He is also a member of Pride Toronto and OUTwrites, a Queer writing collective. When not working, you’ll see him at AGO or the park or a Karaoke bar (pre-COVID) or Karaoke zoom chat. He is a strong believer in positive thinking, and he wants to see ACAS as a community organization that helps Queer Asians find an inclusive, supportive, self-affirming environment much the same way he had found such a space in my short time with the group.
Derek Yee is a proud long term survivor who has experienced a multitude of HIV/AIDS related challenges. Derek was a participant in a Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) research project and subsequently became a CAAT Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Ambassador. Derek has been involved with CAAT’s CHAMP project, served as CAAT’s Legacy Project Coordinator and, for the past 4 years, has been a member of CAAT’s Ethno-Racial Treatment Network advisory committee. He is a graduate of the Positive leadership Development Institute and has worked with the Ontario AIDS Network, the Turning to One Another organization and the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Project of Ontario.
Vhil Castillejos is a young, queer Filipino immigrant who is passionate about HIV prevention, health equity, and social determinants of health. He has extensive experience working in the HIV sector and in 2SLGBTQ+ health through different organizations in the GTA. He also has years of experience in social services, program design and evaluation, and research. Currently, he is a non-profit manager for a community mental health and wellbeing program in Northwest Toronto. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Studies both from the University of Toronto.
Robinson Truong is completing his MSc at the University of Toronto and holds an HBSc at Ryerson University. His educational background is in medical sciences, specifically by studying health inequities among marginalized populations. Robinson is passionate about developing tools and programs to serve communities at risk of HIV or living with HIV. His past experiences involve working at non-profits supporting newcomer Vietnamese families and a local student group supporting Red Cross. Robinson is currently volunteering at ACAS for the health promotion team by writing grants and designing programs that serve East and Southeast Asians living with HIV. By being on the board of directors, Robinson will bring his research expertise, community involvement and lived experiences to improve the quality of life of clients and provide evidence-based policies/programs at ACAS. He hopes to continue ACAS’s pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS during his time at ACAS.