Afghan Refugee Crisis
How Rainbow Railroad Is Making An Impact
Rainbow Railroad will brief InterPride’s members and supporters on Rainbow Railroad’s work in Afghanistan.
About this event
The webinar will be hosted by Dane Bland, Director of Development and Communications, and Devon Matthews, Director of Programs. We will focus on the challenges LGBTQI+ Afghans face after the Taliban take over, the challenges RR faces trying to get folks out of the country, as well as the lack of international support. The webinar will also contain a call to action as RR continues to advocate for pathways to safety through better refugee programs in North America and Europe.
Dane Bland (he/him), Director of Development and Communication
Dane is a not-for-profit leader focused on translating development activities to social betterment, political action, advocacy, and systemic change.
Dane Bland is a non-profit leader with over 10 years of experience in the charitable and not-for-profit sector, including in human rights, arts & culture, education and healthcare. Dane is a Certified Fundraising Executive, and a graduate of the Trent University Business Administration Program and Seneca College Fundraising Management postgraduate certificate program. Dane is a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada’s national board, a board member of the AFP Greater Toronto Area, and a board member of the Workforce Development Board of the Peterborough Region. Dane has been a CFRE Ambassador for Ontario since 2019.
Dane is proud to be a volunteer and supporter with numerous other community and activist causes, and brings a passion for community management, activism, and volunteer engagement.
When not working, Dane is a hockey fan, a dog lover (and owner), a once-decent golfer, a self-professed “culture vulture” and a lover of all things arts and heritage.
Devon Matthews (she/her), Director of Programs
Devon comes to Rainbow Railroad with most recent experience as the Manager of Fellowship Programs at Engineers without Borders Canada, where her work involved the strategic oversight and execution of four programs based in sub-Saharan Africa. Devon brings with her years of experience in facilitation, activism, coaching, immigrant services, participatory research, and non-profit fundraising. Devon holds numerous professional certifications in project management, social systems leadership, and professional coaching — she also holds a BA(honours) from Dalhousie University where she specialized in International Development. When not at Rainbow Railroad, Devon can be found writing, reading, organizing, and consulting in Toronto and abroad.