Morgan Camley – Chair
Morgan Camley is a lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP in the Vancouver Litigation Group. Morgan is primarily a civil litigator but she maintains an active criminal and administrative practice. Born and raised in Vancouver, Morgan received her undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and her law degree from Queen’s University in Ontario. She also attended a term at the University of Hangzhou (now Zhejiang), in China. Morgan actively provides pro bono assistance to individuals charged with criminal offences. As a result of this work, she was named the 2009 Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award. Morgan is also a recognized mentor having been named the 2011 McCarthy Tétrault “Student Mentor of the Year”. Morgan sits on the Board of Directors for Access Pro Bono and she is the past Co-Chair of the Mabel League Women’s Fastpitch League in Vancouver. Morgan and her partner Sonya are the happy but tired parents of a toddler.
Tony Garcia – Treasurer
Tony Garcia has been a Certified General Accountant for over 15 years and is currently working on obtaining his Certificate in Executive Leadership. He specializes in working with high tech companies and is currently employed as Controller at General Fusion Inc., a Burnaby based company developing fusion technology. Born in Vancouver Tony has been a part of the local LGBT community for most of his life. Tony joined the QMUNITY Board in 2012.
Simone Longpré – Vice-Chair
Simone Longpré completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies at UBC and has been teaching courses in Health Promotion, Field Placement and Sport Sociology in the UBC School of Kinesiology for 15 years. She is currently on a break from teaching and has taken on the position of Coordinator of the School of Kinesiology’s Co-operative Education Program. Simone has been actively involved in the fitness and sport community in Vancouver and the lower mainland for over 20 years, most significantly in the field of gender equity. She was on the Board of ProMOTION Plus, the BC organization for Girls and Women in Sport for 4 years and held the position of Chair for 2 years. An accomplished speaker and facilitator, she continues to play an active role in the community raising awareness on topics concerning gender equity, sexism and homophobia in sport.
Chris Sulymka is a professional communicator at the University of British Columbia specializing in student well being and mental health promotion. Chris completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Simon Fraser University and has a background in public involvement, publishing, design, and higher education communications. As someone who is passionate about equity and inclusivity, Chris is excited to join the Board and help QMUNITY continue to be a hub for education, outreach, and support. Chris joined the QMUNITY Board in 2013.
James Tod is a land development consultant and principle of his own firm JTA Development Consultants, which focuses primarily on complex zoning and mixed-use housing projects. He studied at the University of British Columbia and received his undergraduate in english literature in 2003, after which, he became involved in Vancouver’s architectural and development industries and has pursued this path ever since. For over a decade he has fostered an extensive network with key private and public organizations, civic authorities and community advocacy groups. He has also been involved in several successful fundraising campaigns and efforts for non-profit groups and hopes to use his experience to support QMUNITY. He holds the view that meaningful development must solve multiple problems in order to be truly sustainable and hopes to build upon this as part of QMUNITY’s Board which he joined in 2013.
Philip is the VP of Production for OUTtv, Canada’s LGBT Network. Originally from the UK where he was a Production Executive for ITV, the UK’s largest independent broadcaster, he and his partner relocated to Canada in 2006. On arrival Philip branched out into the film world working with OUTtv owner James Shavick to produce a number of projects for US broadcasters. Philip joined the QMUNITY Board in 2009.
Marina Winterbottom – Secretary
Marina Winterbottom is a marine ecologist/resource planner and currently works for Hemmera, a local environmental consulting firm. Originally hailing from Toronto, Marina is bi-coastal, having completed her B.Sc. here at UBC and Master’s degree on the east coast, at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Her passion for social-environmental issues and community building has been fuelled by extensive travel (over 30 countries) and diverse work/volunteer experience. An outdoors enthusiast, Marina draws energy from cycling around Vancouver, spending time in the mountains or underwater, and birding. That’s right, birding. Marina is extremely excited about the opportunity to become more involved in the queer community and help promote the fantastic work QMUNITY is doing.
Samantha Simpson is a lawyer with Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP in Vancouver. She practices family law and represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil proceedings. She frequently volunteers with Access Probono, providing free legal advice to members of the community. Samantha obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree at McGill University and a Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University in New York. Her social work experience focused primarily on working with children/ youth and their families and included providing counseling services to children and their families in East Harlem and East Vancouver. After receiving a law degree from the University of Victoria, Samantha returned home to Vancouver to enjoy the outdoors and surround herself with family and friends. Samantha currently lives in East Vancouver with her partner Anna.
Yogi Omar is a proud co-owner of InspirationAll Talent & Modeling Agency, a Vancouver-based talent agency that focuses on representing talent of ALL colors, curves, and communities. Yogi is also a singer with Vancouver Men’s Chorus as well as a Producer for various short films & web series. Born and raised in Indonesia, Yogi moved to Vancouver in 2001 and when he first came out to his Chosen Family, they took him to Little Sister’s Bookstore and QMUNITY’s Gab Youth. Social justice is not just a passion of his, it’s in his blood. In 2013, he organized Kiss-In Protests in front of the Russian embassy. He has been involved in various roles in Vancouver non-profit organizations including Out on Screen, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and GLASS Youth Choir. He’s excited to join the QMUNITY Board to contribute his enthusiasm and to create positive change in BC’s LGBTQ communities.