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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
J. Tyler Moss
Tyler Moss (He/HIm) was born and raised, and currently lives in Saskatoon, SK, but has called both Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia home along the way. He works at and is involved in research activities at the University of Saskatchewan, as well serves on a number of provincial boards and committees relating to health care patient advocacy in the province.
Tyler's love of travelling has taken him from sea to shining sea, with many stops across our beautiful country, and beyond. While he enjoys spending time with family and friends, he loves being the best doggy-dad to his little sidekick, Rocky.
Tyler acknowledges that he is on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. He pays his respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirms his relationship with the land and its people.
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.
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 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.
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.