Our team

Kim Vance, Executive Director

kim-vance-255x300Before founding ARC International in 2003, Kim Vance served as President of Egale Canada (Canada’s national LGBT organization), and is a seasoned activist within LGBTI communities at the international, national and local levels. For over a decade, Kim served on the editorial board of Atlantic Canada’s LGBT community newspaper, Wayves, and helped found Nova Scotia’s provincial LGBT organisation, NSRAP. She has received the Pride Community Service Award in her province, secured the first Registered Domestic Partnership in Canada, and was a successful litigant in one of the Canadian court challenges to secure equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. She is also the very proud mother of two adopted children, Marcus and Patty.

Read more: Bio – Kim Vance


Arvind Narrain, Geneva Director

Arvind-NarrainArvind Narrain is a founding member of the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore, India, a collective of lawyers who work on a critical practise of law. He has worked on human rights issues including mass crimes, communal conflict, LGBT rights and human rights history. He has been a part of many fact-finding reports on sexual minorities in India and was also part of the litigation team, which argued the constitutionality of Section 377 before the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Read more: Bio – Arvind Narrain


Dodo Karsay, Research and Information Officer

Blog-Dodo-KarsayDodo Karsay is a human rights researcher and consultant. Over the past six years, their areas of focus have included the rights of LGBTQI people, women, asylum seekers and refugees, and persons with disabilities. In the past three years Dodo has supported numerous international human rights and LGBTQI organizations as a consultant, including ARC International and Transgender Europe. Their research has primarily focused on how to advance SOGII issues at the UN. In 2010-2013 Dodo worked at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, where they lead on international advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of torture prevention.

Read more: Bio – Dodo Karsay


Mariana Winocur, Communications Officer

Blog-Mariana-WinocurMariana has been working for over 25 years in Social Communication, journalism and consultancy as a senior specialist in the design and implementation of strategies with a gender perspective, particularly in the field of women’s rights and sexual and reproductive rights. She has broad experience with media and organizations managing communication products with gender equality as a central component: statements, press releases, developing communications strategies, developing Web pages and managing the social media, disseminating knowledge products, preparing flyers to enhance awareness about human rights’ violations.

Read more: Bio – Mariana Winocur


Kandra West-Pettigrew, Administrative Financial Officer

kandra-west-pettigrewKandra has over 10 years experience in the finance, bookkeeping and payroll industry. She has been a small Business owner and has held positions such as Controller, Accounting Technician & most recently, Implementation Specialist – Payroll.

Kandra has two professional designations, a Business Accounting Diploma and Payroll Compliance Practitioner, (PCP) certified, through The Canadian Payroll Association.

Read more: Bio – Kandra West-Pettigrew


ARC’s work is fundamentally directed by our partners and through ongoing dialogue processes. As such, we maintain a small board of directors, which oversees administrative functioning of the organization.

Here is a link to our board member list.