Mohammad Akel

Mohammad “Moe” Al Akel is a MasterCard Foundation alumnus from the American University of Beirut. He is one of the recipients of the 30 under 30 award from the Canadian Arab Institute in 2023. He has been advocating for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights since he was in Beirut, Lebanon, despite all the risks and adversities. When he successfully made his way to Canada, he fulfilled his post-graduate studies at the University of Waterloo. After that, he joined the “AIDS Committee of Durham Region,” then transitioned to Toronto to work as a research assistant at “The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention.” He later worked as a settlement manager at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, where he helped numerous refugees and newcomers in adapting to their new environment and surroundings.

Moe is excited about his new role as Director at Fife House for the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO). As you know, ABRPO responds to effectively mitigate the impact of AIDS grief and loss on organizations, staff, volunteers, and community members living with HIV/AIDS, which is an area that Moe is passionate about. Additionally, for two years in a row, 2021 and 2022, he has won the Sher Vancouver LGBT Leadership Award, 1st and 2nd runner-up awards, respectively. In addition, he delivers numerous diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) workshops with Impact Resolutions.

Laur Kelly

Laur Kelly (they/them) began their work in harm reduction in 2015, offering spiritual care and wellness supports to harm reduction workers facing moral injury and burnout in response to the traumatic grief of the drug poisoning crisis with their ongoing project, Care Through Chaos. This led to their relationship with the ABRPO in 2018 where they continued this work, expanding it to work with ASOs as well. In January 2021, they became the Project Manager to lead the new blended learning direction that will see our core resources and tools translated into innovative e-learning. They bring their background in psychology, education, and trauma care into this role to create accessible and engaging online learning that deepens and compliments our facilitated group sessions. Laur lives in Dish With One Spoon territory with their wife, dog, lizard, and many plants.

Anjana Rudragoudra

Anjana Rudragoudra (she/her) joined ABRPO in March 2021 and has a great exposure in eLearning platform with 7 years professional experience.

She is an e-Learning specialist with expertise in developing multimedia content using rapid e-Learning tools. She is proficient in Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Learning Management System, Programming, Storyboards and Instructional Design. She also has working experience in K12, Academic, Adult Learning, Banking and Corporate.

She is a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering. In addition to her work at the ABRPO, she has a passionate towards learning new tools and technologies, and exploring historical places.

ABRPO team member Craig Boucher

Craig Boucher

Craig Boucher (He/Him) joined Fife House in 2017 as a placement student. Craig started his career at Fife House part time as the Peer Engagement Worker responsible for conducting workshops with People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) as well as allies about HIV, Hepatitis C and other Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections. In 2018, Craig began working with the AIDS Bereavement and Resilience Program of Ontario (ABRPO) in coordinating the Turning to One Another Network (TTOA) bi-annual provincial meetings for frontline staff as well as Peers involved in those 14 agencies. Craig officially joined ABRPO full time in November 2020 and is excited to continue his work on Grief and Loss and how it impacts each individual uniquely. Since joining ABRPO full time, Craig has grown the TTOA Network from 14 agencies to 25.