Urgent special meeting to address governance issues at Black CAP

Rose Ann Bailey

The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) is facing a critical juncture amid escalating concerns over financial transparency and governance. In response, a special member meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 5:30 PM at Casey House, 119 Isabella St., Toronto, ON. Members, funders, donors, and community partners are urged to attend this pivotal meeting to discuss these pressing issues.

Black CAP, the only Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused AIDS service organization in Canada, has provided vital support for over 35 years. However, recent internal challenges have prompted concerns among its members about the organization’s governance and financial transparency.

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Rose Ann Bailey, a long-time member of Black CAP, commented: “There are serious questions regarding transparency and accountability. It’s essential to address these issues to preserve the integrity of our mission.”

Issues at Hand: Allegations and Governance Challenges

Note: The following points reflect the concerns and claims expressed by some members of Black CAP. These allegations are currently under review, and no conclusions have been drawn pending the completion of an ongoing investigation.

Financial Management: Some members have expressed concerns about financial management under the former Executive Director, Gareth Henry. They claim that over $300,000 in funds donated by the LCBO and other contributors in 2022/2023 may have been misappropriated. These claims are subject to an ongoing investigation, and no definitive conclusions have been reached.

Governance Issues: Allegations have been raised against the current Board, led by Ian McKnight, regarding potential governance irregularities. These include claims of conflicts of interest and procedural issues. These allegations are based on members’ concerns and are being reviewed for accuracy.

Leadership Changes: There has been criticism from some members regarding the recent appointment of Nief Neamatt as Interim Executive Director. Concerns include his alleged previous conduct and lack of experience. These criticisms are allegations and have not been substantiated.

Rose Ann Bailey stressed the need for a thorough investigation: “We need a transparent process to address these concerns and ensure the community retains trust in our leadership.”

The upcoming meeting on June 13 provides an opportunity for members to discuss these issues and make decisions regarding the organization’s governance.

The key points on the agenda include:

Board Resignation and Election: Members are expected to discuss a proposal for the resignation of the current Board and the election of new members to address governance concerns.

Continuation of Investigation: Ensuring that the ongoing investigation into financial management continues to completion, with findings shared transparently with the community.

Founded in 1987, Black CAP provides support and services to individuals in the Black community affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization focuses on promoting health, education, and advocacy to combat the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit Black CAP.