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.
Jess Smith (they/them)
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, they honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstís, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. They acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.
Jess is a genderqueer white settler currently living in Moh’kinsstís (colonially: Calgary, Alberta), Treaty 7 Territory. They are originally from Kjipuktuk (colonially: Halifax, Nova Scotia), ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. They are the parent of a 19-year-old and work as Governance and Funding Proposal Coordinator for a non-profit organization.Jess also uses their skills as a content creator to complement their training in social media platforms to assist 2SLGBTQ+ community members (small businesses, non-profits, and entertainers) with their online presence as a digital producer. With a passion for live digital content, Jess developed an online production model during the onset of the pandemic, which brought both media attention around queer culture and opportunities to develop the skills of other 2SLGBTQ+ community members on an international level. They have previously sat on the boards of Halifax Pride Society, Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, and East Coast Rainbow Softball Association.They also can be recognized by their drag king persona, Pat McCox, winning the titles of Mr. Fall Fest, Mx. Queer Halifax and 2020 Performance of the Year. Jess currently sits on the board of Fierté Canada Pride as Vice President of Governance and is helping to lead the organization through governance and policy restructure to move to a more council-centred governance model.
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.
Rick Andre (he / him) born and raised to settlers in the unceded traditional territory of the Okanagan Syilx people in South Okanagan Valley, BC. He indentifys as a gay white male. He has been involved in the pride movement for a number of years. He also currently sits as the 2021 InterPride Co-Chair of Member Services as well as the President of the Kelowna Pride Society. His day job is as a General Manager of the Kanata Kelowna Hotel. He enjoys traveling both locally and internationally.
Since leaving her morning show position in Fort Frances and moving to Dryden in 2020, Caitlin (She/her) has taken on a new role with the Dryden Native Friendship Centre, engaging Indigenous youth in healthy activities and nutrition, while navigating the challenges of delivering social services during a pandemic. She also hosts a queer podcast called Out of Context, launched in 2020. Caitlin is nothing if not passionate about advocacy for the queer community, especially in the realms of inclusion and intersectionality, and is excited to continue her work with Fierté Canada Pride.
Caitlin now lives in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Métis people of Treaty Three. The Anishinaabe are the original caretakers of this land and called this place Paawidigong, meaning "place of the rapids", which is now known as Dryden. This land is important to the people of Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation), Waabigonii Zaaga’igan (Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation) as well as the Métis people of the area and the residents of Dryden
I would like to acknowledge the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations on which I live, work and learn. I hope you will join me in taking a moment to reflect on the responsibility we each have to Indigenous nations to recognize, respect and support their historic and inalienable rights.
Jacq Brasseur (they/them) is a francophone, bigender, bisexual, white settler who was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT and has been involved in Pride organizing since they were a teenager. Owing their success to the original founders of OutNorth, Jacq was part of a group of passionate queer and allied Northerners who co-founded NWT Pride in 2012, the first multi-day Pride festival in the Northwest Territories. Because of their love of Pride festival organizing, Jacq became the first Northern Regional Director of Fierté Canada Pride, from 2017-2019, where they advocated for a more inclusive organization for Northern and youth-led Prides. In 2018, Jacq was honoured to be named as a Grand Marshal of Fierté Montréal Pride.
Jacq is also a co-founder of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife and was part of the team that opened the first 2SLGBTQ+ youth centre in Northern Canada. After their departure as Executive Director of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife, Jacq joined the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, a 2SLGBTQ+ community centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, as their Executive Director in May 2017. Since coming to Regina, Jacq has been actively involved in 2SLGBTQ+ organizing as a founding board member of The Enchanté Network / Le réseau Enchanté in 2019 and as the Treasurer/Secretary of TransSask Support Services, Inc. from 2017-2019.
In their new role as National Director for Fierté Canada Pride, Jacq is excited to bring their knowledge of grant-writing, non-profit governance, and alternative decision-making models to the organization. They are also excited about supporting the expertise of the FCP Councils and developing non-hierarchical or decentralized structures that prioritize the voices of Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer people, Black people, queer & trans People of Colour, trans & non-binary femmes, and trans women in Pride movements across this country.
When they’re not working, Jacq enjoys watching good tv, doing graphic design, playing video games, and eating cactus cut potatoes from Boston Pizza.
Jackie (she/her) is a Black African femme living and working on the occupied Coast Salish territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.
Jackie is eternally grateful to Indigenous folks who have cared for and stewarded the land since time immemorial and continue to do so.
She spends her time curating spaces for dialogue and participating in mutual aid efforts in her community. She has been intentional in dedicating time to learn her indigenous languages and speak them more often. Recently, she has been focusing on holding valuable spaces of care for Black youth and practicing resource redistribution. Jackie spends her time reveling in the optimism of Afro-futurist worlds of solidarity, joy, and Black liberation.
In her role as the new FCP Program Manager, Jackie is excited about building capacity among the team and the communities we seek to serve.
Nicole Utulinde (She/Her) is an Afro-Canadian Lesbian woman living and working on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples- Snuneymuxw, Snow-naw-as, and Stz'umiuns (also known as Nanaimo, BC). Her educational background is centred around the arts (fashion and music) and has held positions ranging from customer service, tech support, insurance and administrative assistant. Nicole has been serving on the board of directors for the Nanaimo Pride Society since September 2020 and was the communications consultant for FCP until March when she accepted the Communications & Member Engagement Coordinator position. Outside of work Nicole is passionate about about music (particularly Jazz & Blues) and enjoys road trips in the summer and walks by the water with her partner and their dog.
Zackary Derrick (they/them) is a white settler queer and nonbinary community organizer based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montreal) on stolen Kanien'kéha territory. Since 2016, Zackary has been working with various community organizations dedicated to anti-oppression. They deeply value intersectional solidarity across movements and have been involved in survivor support, gender advocacy, Indigenous solidarity work and fighting prison (in)justice.
Most recently, Zackary served as the President of the First Peoples Studies Member Association at Concordia University. They are now pursuing a Master’s degree in the School of Public Health & Social Policy at the University of Victoria where they hope to continue furthering the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the realm of health, community research and policy advocacy.
When not in the office, Zackary enjoys board games, baking and snuggling up with their cat, Mr. Pancake.