Board and Staff

Conseil d'administration et personnel

The Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) Board is responsible for the governance of the organization. Composed of representatives from across Turtle Island (Canada), the Board of Directors works to fulfil the organization’s mandate and connect with Pride organizations nationwide. Directors are elected during the FCP Conference and AGM by the membership. Positions include Officers and Directors at Large that represent various regions of Turtle Island (Canada).

Fierté Canada Pride also has Staff that are responsible for the day to day operations for the organization.

Julie DeMarchi

Julie DeMarchi

Board President

Julie Nobert DeMarchi (she/her/elle) is originally from Hull, Quebec but has grown up in Timmins, Ontario in Treaty 9 Territory.  She is a partner, a mother of 3 and a grandmother...Read More

Julie DeMarchi

Julie DeMarchi

Board President

Julie Nobert DeMarchi (she/her/elle) is originally from Hull, Quebec but has grown up in Timmins, Ontario in Treaty 9 Territory.  She is a partner, a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 4 and a foster parent to many youth as well as a parent to many pups over the years.

She has over 25 year’s experience in non-profit management both in publicly funded and government funded agencies and is currently the Executive Director of a violence against women agency.  She is passionate about giving back and helping to make a difference. Volunteering makes her heart full; from youth and adult sports, cadet corps, health coalitions, festivals and events, fundraisers, advocacy work, political committees, local and national pride committees and local provincial and national women’s organizations.

One of her guiding principles is share in the following quote “Always be kind.  If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them.  If you see someone being ignored, find a way to include them.  If someone has been knocked down, lift them up.  Always remind people of their worth.  Be who you needed when you were going through hard times.  One small act could mean the world to them. – author unknown”

Alan Jernigan

Alan Jernigan

Treasurer

Alan Jernigan (he/him) is an activist, entrepreneur and gamer, dedicated to creating and sharing transformational experiences. As a long-time volunteer at Vancouver Pride (2012-tod...Read More

Alan Jernigan

Alan Jernigan

Treasurer

Alan Jernigan (he/him) is an activist, entrepreneur and gamer, dedicated to creating and sharing transformational experiences. As a long-time volunteer at Vancouver Pride (2012-today), Alan has served in the board roles of Treasurer (2013-2014) and President (2015), and currently chairs the committee o host Canada Pride in Vancouver in 2024.
In professional life, Alan is the Studio Director and a co-founder at Charm Games, a game developer creating beautiful adventures in virtual reality, like the VR game-of-the-year finalist FORM (2017), and award-winning Twilight Path (2018). Alan has 11 years of leadership experience in the entertainment industry as an organizational/executive consultant, financial manager, and studio founder.

Rick Andre

Rick Andre

Vice President, Human Resources

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...Read More

Rick Andre

Rick Andre

Vice President, Human Resources

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.

Joy Polley

Joy Polley

Vice President, Membership

Joy Polley (They/Them) is a queer, non-binary settler living in Mi’kma’ki. In their professional life, Joy assists families with respite services, develops enrichment programin...Read More

Joy Polley

Joy Polley

Vice President, Membership

Joy Polley (They/Them) is a queer, non-binary settler living in Mi’kma’ki. In their professional life, Joy assists families with respite services, develops enrichment programing and finds the gaps in community systems through outreach and engagement with lived experience experts. Joy believes that first voice wisdom is essential to providing services to any population.

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Communications Director

As someone who was raised in a small alpine community in northern BC, I have lived the rollercoaster of growing up different than those around you.  I struggled with body image co...Read More

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Communications Director

As someone who was raised in a small alpine community in northern BC, I have lived the rollercoaster of growing up different than those around you.  I struggled with body image concerns for most of my adolescent years; I struggled with feeling like I belonged or was genuinely a part of any community; I shied away from expressing myself honestly, openly and authentically.  Fast forward to living in the Lower Mainland for the past 20 years, with 12 of those on the North Shore.  I’m open, honest, authentic and transparent; I practice and promote body positivity every day; I celebrate sex positivity; and I’ve found a great community of friends and colleagues to be a part of.  I am an active participant of my company's Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging committee; I'm a Director at Large of the Vancouver Pride Society; and I'm passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and community.  

North Vancouver,BC
Azza Rojbi

Azza Rojbi

Director at Large

Azza (She/Her) is a queer African immigrant and a human rights and social justice activist living on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish a...Read More

Azza Rojbi

Azza Rojbi

Director at Large
Azza (She/Her) is a queer African immigrant and a human rights and social justice activist living on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh nations. She was born in Tunisia and moved with her family to Vancouver in 2010. Azza is a web developer and technology consultant. She is a former board member of Vancouver Pride Society (2014-2020) and currently a member of the Burnaby Pride Working Group. Azza is committed to social justice activism, human rights and the struggle for LGBTQAI2S+ rights across Canada and the world!

 

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.

Brian Cope

Brian Cope

Director at Large

Based in Toronto, Brian represents Pride Toronto on the Board.  He is a gay father and storytelling performer and writer who is passionate about the representation and inclusion o...Read More

Brian Cope

Brian Cope

Director at Large
Based in Toronto, Brian represents Pride Toronto on the Board.  He is a gay father and storytelling performer and writer who is passionate about the representation and inclusion of queer seniors in everything he does.
Vee Mariner

Vee Mariner

Director at Large

Vee Mariner (they/them) has resided on the unceded, unsurrended Wolastoqey territory in Fredericton, New Brunswick since 2015. Vee grew up in an isolated fishing community and is p...Read More

Vee Mariner

Vee Mariner

Director at Large

Vee Mariner (they/them) has resided on the unceded, unsurrended Wolastoqey territory in Fredericton, New Brunswick since 2015. Vee grew up in an isolated fishing community and is passionate about increasing resources for and including the voices of queer people living in rural and isolated communities. Their work background is largely in non-profit organizations and they are passionate about affordable housing and having own voices at the table during every step of the conversation. Vee enjoys spending time in nature and believes in centering Indigenous sovereignty and land stewardship in the environmental justice movement. They are passionate about food security, removing barriers to accessing resources, the complex relationship queer people have with their individual faith practices, and building a community where everyone is welcome to be safe, accountable, and enthusiastically included. As a genderqueer and demisexual white settler living with chronic kidney disease, Vee recognizes that the intersectionality of their identities presents them with an array of privileges and oppressions in our colonialist and capitalist society. Vee seeks to remain in an ongoing state of unlearning, relearning, and building intentional relationality with the people they have the honour of interacting with throughout life.

Alessandro Iachelli

Alessandro Iachelli

Interim Executive Director

Born in England and raised in Italy and Canada, Alessandro (He/Him), a queer European immigrant, has travelled extensively across the globe. He has always connected to various cult...Read More

Alessandro Iachelli

Alessandro Iachelli

Interim Executive Director

Born in England and raised in Italy and Canada, Alessandro (He/Him), a queer European immigrant, has travelled extensively across the globe. He has always connected to various cultures/communities and seen first-hand many of the injustices in the world.

As former Nanaimo Pride President, Alessandro joined the Board of FCP in February 2020, to first serve as a Regional Director, During his tenure, he had been an active FCP Director, fulfilling various Officer roles, leading and/or serving on multiple committees, such as but not limited to Communications, Finance, Governance, and Human Resources, Over the past 2 years, he attended board and committee meetings scrupulously and in collaboration with the Board, Ambassadors, and staff, he has dedicated numerous hours to helping improve the efficiency and effectiveness of FCP.

Issues of consequence have given him an opportunity to reflect on his place in society and the privilege afforded as a Caucasian gay cisgender male. Through his involvement with FCP (and other community organisations) he has met many individuals from marginalised communities who have shared their lived experiences and demonstrated how to be a better ally. Since then, he has become a strong advocate for underrepresented voices and pride organisations while simultaneously promoting FCP at every opportunity.

He appreciates participating in the decision-making processes of FCP and recognizing individual agency in decolonising rigid structures. It is his hope to prioritise engaging with Councils even more and to advancing FCP’s work under a new structure that will lift all voices in the Canadian Pride Movement.

Dedicated, motivated, and compassionate with extensive experience in business as well as in volunteer organisations, Alessandro brings administrative, organisational, project management, financial, communications, networking, and interpersonal skills to the role as well as 35 years of community and volunteer involvement.

Alessandro has made Vancouver Island 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. Alessandro has varied interests, such as arts & culture, computers/technology, reading, fashion, cinema, food, news & politics, animals, volunteering & travel. He lives in Nanaimo with his partner, Mike, and their Shiba Inu, Nux.

Land Acknowledgement:
We live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as, and Stz'uminus – and pay respect for that privilege. Hay ch qa.

 

British Columbia
Nicole Utulinde

Nicole Utulinde

Member Relations

Nicole Utulinde (She/Her) is an Afro-Canadian Queer woman based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montréal) on the unceded territory of the Kanien'kéha people. Her educational backgr...Read More

Nicole Utulinde

Nicole Utulinde

Member Relations

Nicole Utulinde (She/Her) is an Afro-Canadian Queer woman based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montréal) on the unceded territory of the Kanien'kéha people. Her educational background is centred around the arts (fashion and music) and has held positions ranging from customer service, insurance and administrative assistant. Outside of work Nicole is passionate about music, dance, cooking, and enjoys road trips in the summer and walks by the water.

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