Vancouver queer resource centre Qmunity announces new executive director Osmel Guerra Maynes

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      Vancouver-based queer resource centre Qmunity, located in the West End, has announced its new executive director: Osmel Guerra Maynes.

      Maynes, who identifies as an Afro-Latino cisgender queer man, was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Antigua and Barbuda.

      He immigrated to Canada as an international student in 2003 to study political science at Carleton University in Ottawa. 

      He has previously worked for Toronto LGBT centre The 519, York University, and Ryerson Students' Union, and has focused on policy development, strategic planning, and program design for non-profit organizations.

      Maynes, who is relocating from Toronto to Vancouver, will begin his position on April 16. He will replace previous executive director CJ Rowe, who began in June 2016 and resigned as Qmunity's executive director in September 2017 to become the director of SFU's Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office.

      Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver announced in May 2017 that a new location was secured for Qmunity in a building that will be constructed at the northeast corner of Davie and Burrard streets. The centre is currently located at 1170 Bute Street, near the rainbow crosswalks at Davie and Bute streets.