Board and StaffConseil d'administration et personnel
The Fierté Canada Pride Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Composed of representatives from across Canada, the Board of Directors work to fulfil the organization’s mandate and connect with Pride organizations nationwide. Directors are elected annually during the FCP Conference and AGM by the membership. Positions include executive and regional directors that represent every region of Canada.
Fierté Canada Pride also has Staff that support the organization on a regular basis in key areas including national strategy, tourism, and communications.
Dana Marsh (They/She) is originally from Kamloops, BC, currently lives in Edmonton, AB, and has also lived in Saskatchewan, Ontario, the USA, Australia, and very briefly, Austria and Romania. They teach at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Dana loves travelling and has spent time in 30+ countries, and will be spending the summer of 2020 celebrating Pride on a few continents, from rural Alberta to Athens to Budapest to Amsterdam to Montreal.
Nenookaasi (She/They) is a 2Spirit Afro Qween with pronouns she/they/them. Neno Identifies as Polyamorous however currently Married in a monogamous relationship.
She is a mother of 3: 1 biological daughter who is 19 and two stepchildren, daughter is 16 and our son is 18.
Nenookaasi grew up in Ontario but has resided in Toronto for the majority of it. A songstress with a dope fusion of R&B and traditional first nations music, she is the Afro-Nish Song Bird.
Neno loves the outdoors and loves to travel. They want to meet all the trees touch all the water, meet new people and cultures, and eat all the good food out there!
Secretly Neno is really shy and gets a lot of anxiety speaking in front of croups. I know it may not seem like it, but they always feel like they are about to drop a bomb (not the “f” word or a form of weaponry, more like sh*tting her undies)
Nenookaasi’s life goal is to meet people and their spirit and shared self-love and self and community empowerment. “I would like to travel the world as a motivational speaker, peacekeeper, a trusted global Activist for Afro/Indigenous/2Spirit/Queer rights”. Neno is no way oblivious to boundaries and challenges all things that go against human rights!
She is an activist through and through!
FYI DOGS ARE LIFE!!!
Matt Burke (He/Him) is an accountant who has been involved with the pride movement since 2014 first with Halifax Pride and then FCP. When not doing accounting or pride things he can be found training for his next marathon and cycling adventure.
Dan Shier (He/Him) has been involved in various roles within the Gender and Sexually Diverse community for 10 years. Currently serving on the board of Regina Pride Inc as co-chair and Fierté Canada Pride as Communications Director. His passions include graphic design and all things tech. He uses technology to help his organizations communicate, automate, and run more efficiently in the 21st century.
Dan Shier (il/lui) a comblé divers rôles au sein de la communauté de diversité sexuelle et du genre au cours des 10 dernières années. Il siège actuellement au conseil d’administration de Regina Pride inc. dans le rôle de coprésident et à Fierté Canada Pride à titre de directeur des communications. Ses passions incluent le design graphique et tout ce qui concerne la technologie. Il utilise la technologie pour aider ses organisations à communiquer, à s’automatiser et à fonctionner plus efficacement.
Born in England and raised globally, Alessandro Iachelli (He/Him) has travelled extensively. He has always connected to various cultures/communities and seen firsthand many of the injustices in the world. With experience in business as well as in volunteer organizations, he has made Nanaimo/Gabriola his home since June 2015. He is actively involved in various non-profit and community endeavours as he strongly believes in giving back to the community. He has broad interests and experience in LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Alessandro serves as President of the Nanaimo Pride Society.
Alessandro brings a multitude of administrative, communication, networking and interpersonal skills to all initiatives. His project management and event planning experience have been assets to Nanaimo Pride’s growth. Alessandro has extensive knowledge working on social media platforms, email databases, and event execution technology. He’s always looking for innovative fundraising and promotional activities. Finally, he plays a major role in the online promotion of NPS community events and is focused on raising awareness of the organization's brand and mission statement with community stakeholders. Alessandro has varied interests, such as arts & culture, computers/technology, reading, fashion, cinema, food, news & politics, animals, volunteering & travel.
Chelsea Currie (She/They) is a Plains Cree, two-spirit queer person, going by they/them and she/her pronouns interchangeably. Her spirit name is Wapisiw Iskwew, meaning Swan Woman. She is currently going to school at Yellowhead Tribal College in Edmonton, for Indigenous Social Work. She is an experiential, life-long learner. Focusing on decolonial activism and advocacy, she works from an intersectional, Indigenous feminist approach. Some of the recent work she’s done is Canada World Youth’s International Aboriginal Youth Internship in Perú, and Katimavik National Experience. She is also a local board member of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, a national 2 Spirits in Motion Society, as well as a national Prairie Representative for Fierté Canada Pride. She is honoured to be a nationally recognized volunteer, panelist, and ambassador. She hopes to work from an anti-oppressive, decentralized, trauma-informed practice, to create and hold space for Indigenous youth. She moves forward with the intention to create awareness, remain grounded in culture, and be a change-maker in the different communities she is apart of.
Amanda (She/Her/Elle(s)) is a lesbian, cis-gender woman who lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Metis Nation. She is social worker by trade, a 2SLGBTQ+ activist, and a person living with a disability.
Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg in 2015, majoring in Conflict Resolution Studies. She is currently in her last year of studies in the Social Work Program at the University of Manitoba.
Amanda has been an active member of Pride Winnipeg for 8+ years, focusing on the role of Safety and Security. She was the first board member within the organization to focus on accessibility within pride and has spearheaded various initiatives within the organization that focus on creating a safe, inclusionary space for people living with a variety of accessibility needs. By day, Amanda operates a group home for CFS youth living with intellectual and cognitive disability, as well as mental illness.
When Amanda has some time to spare, she will often dabble in arts and crafts, lounging with her dogs, or binge-watching her favourite Netflix shows.
Keegan Hobson (He/Him) is a post-secondary student who has been working with various Pride organizations since 2016. He currently sits as the Secretary of Fierté Simcoe Pride and Central Regional Director for Fierté Canada Pride as a member of the interim Board.
Currently located in Williams Treaty Territory (Simcoe County, Ontario), he is active in his communities through direct action, event organizing and community outreach with an emphasis on two-spirit, queer and trans youth and utilizing harm reduction approaches.
Keegan is an alumnus of the Indigenous Community and Social Development program at Georgian College and is now attending Ryerson University in Toronto for his Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Disability Studies. In his spare time, he is active in his local kink and leather community, raising his dogs with his partners and working with fiber arts.
A resident of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Caen Squires (They/Them) is the Inclusion & Diversity Lead for Fierté Fredericton Pride and a newly elected Atlantic Regional Director for Fierté Canada Pride. They identify as a white, non-binary / gender non-conforming Queer and use they/them/their pronouns. They enjoy rainy days, steeped tea, and curling up in cozy blankets reading graphic novels. Also a collector of odds and ends.
As a Graphic Designer & Marketing / Branding / Communications consultant by trade, Caen has experience in community engagement & capacity building, risk assessment and education/facilitation - they work primarily with non-profit organizations, community groups and student-led initiatives while engaging openly with the public, through public speaking engagements and volunteer community education outreach, around Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Their primary focuses are around building 2SLGBTQIA+ competencies, highlighting the complexities/contexts of living and thriving with mental illness, and story/narrative sharing around their experiences in living a Queer life. They also co-coordinate a monthly Q&A around sexuality/safe sex/best practices in BDSM relationships and Kink based activities through a Queer lens. Caen is also a graduate student nearing completion of a master’s degree in Adult Education, with a focus on Queering Educational practice.
As an only child growing up in a rural Nova Scotian community, Jess Smith (They/Them) didn’t have a sense of the queer community until moving to Halifax, a more urban centre. Through this experience, they were able to express being a non-binary person - identifying as genderqueer. In their home life, Jess is engaged to their partner and has a daughter about to complete high school. Professionally, they work as a legal coordinator in the corporate office of a large media company. They also use their talents for graphic design and photography in compliment with their training in social media platforms to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and entertainers as a social media manager to help present their clients’ best selves online. In 2018, they began doing drag as Pat McCox, whose charming personality and slick style has won the titles of Mr. Fall Fest and Mx. Queer Halifax. Jess is also Vice-Chair of Halifax Pride, lead for the Trans & Non-Binary Committee with Halifax Pride, and sits on the board of Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. You can find them on social media platforms as @JessHFX.