Board of Directors

Board directors are elected by the general membership at the Society's Annual General Meeting. Based on AIDS Vancouver's bylaws, the terms of office for each Board member is two years. Board members can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

The Vancouver AIDS Society's Board of Directors sets and approves strategic direction and policy for the agency, and helps to raise funds. There are 12 members on the board, with 4 positions reserved for HIV+ people to ensure that people living with HIV have a voice in the direction of the agency.

Michael Leclair (Chair)

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Michael has been working as an independent consultant in the Health Care field since 2003. He currently runs a specialized technology services business focused exclusively on telecommunications infrastructure construction in Health Care facilities in the Lower Mainland. Born and raised in Vancouver, Michael has been involved in the HIV/AIDS and gay men’s health promotion movement since the mid 1990s through volunteering his time with A Loving Spoonful, Friends for Life and through his current position as Director on the Board of Directors for HIM (Health Initiative for Men); an organization dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men and as Director on the Board of Directors for AIDS Vancouver; an organization that plays a special role in providing quality health care to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Lower Mainland.

Danielle Fiddick (Vice Chair)

Danielle is the Director of Operations at a tech property management company. She has worked in seven industries over the last fifteen years in various capacities including operations, project management, business analysis and management consulting. Danielle’s qualifications include an MBA, PMP, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She has a passion for continuous improvement and identifying innovative solutions that create value for all stakeholders. Danielle is delighted at the opportunity to utilize her skills and share her knowledge with AV.

Rob Gooding (Treasurer)

Rob Gooding is a financial professional with over 15 years of experience; including 10+ years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA/CMA). Rob has had the pleasure to have worked with some of Canada’s largest corporations, across Canada primarily in the Financial Services and Energy & Utilities Sectors and is presently working with BC Hydro. He is pleased to share his breadth of accounting, finance and investment knowledge with the AV.  

Rob returned to the Board in 2021, after a short break; having previously served as a Director and Treasurer from 2013 to 2019. 

Mostafa Bondok (Secretary)

Mostafa is a student at the University of British Columbia studying Genetics and Health, with hopes of pursuing a career in the health-care sector. His volunteer involvement revolves around supporting disadvantaged Canadians. From volunteering serving meals to the homeless, to co-founding a non-profit dedicated to helping integrate and support refugee migrants, he believes and has seen how impact can be channelled through a single interaction.

In 2018, Mostafa spent 3 months in Mbale, Uganda working for an HIV/AIDS Support Organization (HASNN) in the slums of Namatala. His team's goal was to help establish the resources and presence needed to allow HASNN to help prevent, educate, and support those living with HIV and the community at large. This experience allowed him to discover the difficulty of living with HIV and the immense stigmatization that renders this community isolated.

As a self-proclaimed life-long learner, Mostafa hopes to use this opportunity to contribute and grow while being a part of AIDS Vancouver’s mission and working towards the establishment of ‘undetectable’ as an emerging face of HIV. He is excited to be part of the team, and looks forward to serving his immediate community here in Vancouver.

Mike Hamata

Mike is a partner at the Vancouver employment and labour law boutique firm Roper Greyell LLP, where he practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including labour arbitration, workplace safety, privacy, human rights and employment litigation. A skilled advocate, Mike regularly assists federally and provincially regulated employers solve legal disputes arising from the workplace, whether through litigation or negotiation.

Mike is connected to the mission of AIDS Vancouver through family experience. Mike's volunteer work on the Board honours those memories, and supports the inspiring work of AV's staff and volunteers. Away from work, Mike is an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker.