John McCullagh

 

At-large director

John McCullagh, a gay man who lives with HIV, has been a member of the board of directors of CATIE since 2012, and its chair between 2015 and 2019. He is also co-chair of the board of the Ontario AIDS Network.

Trained in social work, John has worked and volunteered in the HIV and LGBTQ health sectors over many years. In 1981, he co-founded the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays, a community-based organization (now known as David Kelley Services), which provides counselling and support services to the LGBTQ community, as well as to those living with or affected by HIV. John was a counsellor there throughout the first decade of the AIDS epidemic. He subsequently went on to found the Out and Proud program at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, which for almost 25 years has ensured that child welfare services in the city are open, inclusive and affirming of LGBTQ youth and their families.

Now retired from paid employment, John currently volunteers in a number of capacities in the HIV sector. He is particularly committed to his work with Toronto to Zero, Toronto’s Fast-Track Cities initiative, an ambitious citywide drive to make new HIV transmissions rare and to ensure that people living with HIV live long, healthy lives free from stigma and discrimination.

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