Our Staff

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    Devon MacFarlane

    Director

    Devon has recently relocated from BC in order to serve as the Director for Rainbow Health Ontario. He brings a background in community development; partnership and collaboration; program development; management; and systems change. Since the late 90s, a substantial focus of Devon’s work has been on advancing the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi, queer, Two Spirit, and trans communities, using an intersectional approach – work that is close to Devon’s heart as an out trans and queer person. Devon also actively volunteers within LGBTQ communities in a range of ways; currently, he is serving as the President of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH).

  • Gael Hinnighan

    Administration

    Gael provides administrative support to the entire RHO program and team. She handles all accounts payable, accounts receivable, meeting minutes, office systems and event planning and coordination. Gael also operates RHO’s online store, mailing out resources on LGBTQ health to customers throughout Ontario and beyond.

  • Susan Barrass

    Policy Analyst

    Susan supports the development of RHO’s policy agenda, including conducting policy research and analysis on provincial and federal policy initiatives that have implications for LGBTQ health. Previously, Susan has worked as a researcher on issues of immigration and settlement for newcomers to Canada, labour market precarity and issues related to seniors’ health. She has also worked as a policy analyst with the federal public service. usan also serves as the point of contact for researchers who are interested in promoting studies through RHO’s network and website.

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    Navi Boparai

    Project Manager

    Navi supports the Trans Health Expansion, which is a partnership between Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health Centre, Women’s College Hospital, and CAMH to support the delivery of accessible healthcare and to advance surgical planning for transgender and gender-diverse people across Ontario. Previously, Navi has worked on projects to advance rural family medicine across Canada and to improve cancer care for Indigenous populations.

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    Devan Nambiar

    Education and Training

    Devan Nambiar, MSc. develops and coordinates a wide range of training initiatives on LGBTQ health disparities, clinical skills and organizational inclusiveness. He also works with universities and colleges to incorporate cultural and clinical content regarding LGBTQ health and social services into their curricula.

     

  • Jordan Zaitzow

    Trans Health Connection

    Jordan coordinates Trans Health Connection. The program is increasing the capacity of primary health care systems across the province to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to trans communities through training, education, mentorship, resources, and networking.

    Previous to joining RHO, Jordan has also done years of front line shelter work, and has volunteered for and facilitated various drop-in programs for trans folks in Toronto. He also spent years as an independent trainer about trans access and issues.

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    Colleen Westendorf

    Communications Coordinator
    Colleen is responsible for RHO’s communications, including digital and media relations. In previous bilingual communications roles, Colleen has worked for Legal Aid Ontario, CBC/Radio-Canada, and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. She also volunteered in Parenthood Toronto (PPT)’s youth services clinic.