For as long as he can remember, Kai has been inspired by youth empowerment and community involvement, motivating him to get involved with student clubs and organizations throughout his entire educational career. After growing up in Ottawa, Kai moved to the Limestone Capital of Canada (Kingston, ON) to complete his degree in Biology at Queen’s University. Before returning to Ottawa, he restarted his school’s local chapter of AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-run organization, which aims to raise a generation of accepting and globally-minded youth leaders.
Being rejected right when he was about to donate blood for the first time was the first time Kai had experienced any form of discrimination based on his sexuality. Bullying on the school playground was unfortunately expected with students that didn’t know any better, but being discriminated by an institution had disappointed him and left him feeling helpless. This experience had driven him to examine the relationship between healthcare policies and stigma, as well as discrimination of the LGBTQ community.
His past experiences and his passions ultimately led him to the doorsteps of the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, where he now serves as the HepC Program Manager. This is the only national program that aims to educate youth on sexually transmitted & blood-borne infections (STBBIs), while giving them the tools to become Health Ambassadors that can then promote healthier practices within their communities.
When he isn’t overseeing the CCGSD office, Kai can be found at a nearby David’s Tea or Suzy Q Donuts.