Debby Nunes (Pronouns: she/her or they/them) is a genderqueer, first generation Canadian/Portuguese, Social Service Worker. For the last twenty years, Debby has been working in community to support and affirm youth from diverse life experiences, navigating multiple intersections of identity. Debby engages with young people, their families and communities by grounding her work in the principles and strategies provided by anti-oppressive, anti-black racism, harm-reduction and trauma-informed practices.
For the past 8 years, Debby has worked for Lumenus Community Services as a Provincial 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Outreach Worker providing supportive mental health care, systems navigation, referrals, accompaniment and advocacy support to 2SLGBTQ+ youth ages 12-25 in east Toronto.
Debby has also been instrumental in bringing together various stakeholders to form the East Side Pride Collective that has coordinated Scarborough’s annual East Side Pride event for the past 7 years. This event is a free, all-ages Pride festival for the residents of Scarborough and neighbouring communities, which strives to increase the visibility of the 2SLGBTQ community in Scarborough. Debby also sits on a number of consultative and working committees. They also are an active board member for the Dresscode Project which works to develop a global alliance of hair salons/shops committed to providing positive, gender affirming services for 2SLGBTQ+ people.
In previous roles, Debby has worked as team lead for the Studio youth drop-in at Lumenus, a case manager and student parent support worker with the Pathways to Education program in Regent Park, and began her career working with Evergreen Centre for Street Youth.
In her spare time, Debby is a foodie who loves trying new dishes and experimenting with trying new skills in the kitchen. Debbie is also a doggie parent of a cute toy Yorkie named Ella who keeps them entertained!