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MEET THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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DR. ANDREW CAMPBELL (HE/HIM)

Co-President

Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (DR. ABC) is a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, with a PhD. in Educational Leadership, Diversity & Policy. Dr. Campbell is an adjunct lecturer in the department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto and adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Queen’s University. He is a Certified Ontario Teacher (OCT).

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DR. GLYNNIS LIEB (SHE/HER)

Co-President

Glynnis holds a PhD in Personality and Social Psychology. She has worked both for government and not-for-profit social services organizations. She is also a post-secondary instructor and has held sessional positions in five institutions in Manitoba and Alberta over the past 14 years. She currently instructs sessionally at Athabasca University and Concordia University of Edmonton. Glynnis believes strongly in community involvement and social activism. She is an active supporter of local arts, poverty reduction initiatives, mental health and addiction education and support, 2SLGBTQ+ community members, offender rehabilitation programs, supports for people with disabilities, and anti-discrimination initiatives.

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JACOB DESROCHERS (HE/HIM)

Chair | Communications Social Media Coordinator

Jacob DesRochers is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is committed to educational programming on consent, sexual health support and wellbeing. His current research examines culturally responsive approaches to sexuality education. 

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BRIDGET STIRLING (SHE/HER)

Co-Chair

Bridget Stirling is a PhD student in the University of Alberta’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, where she is interested in children's rights and the politics of childhood. She also serves as the Edmonton Public School Board trustee for Ward G. Outside of her work on the board, she’s an advocate and organizer involved in issues of social and economic justice, gender, children's rights, and human rights. Bridget is one of the co-founders of Hate Free Yeg, and a founding member of the Child-Friendly Housing Coalition of Alberta. She has worked as a research analyst, consultant, educator, writer and editor.

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LEE ISKANDER (THEY/THEM)

Communications Coordinator

Lee is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, where they are researching how gender norms operate in schools. Specifically, Lee is interested in the workplace and professional training experiences of trans and gender nonconforming educators. Lee completed their own teacher education at York University in Toronto.

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DR. PATRICK TOMCZYK

Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Patrick Tomczyk completed his PhD at the University of Alberta. While there, he held a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His research focuses on the intersections of queer theory, pedagogy and arts-based research, as they relate to lived experiences of sexual and gender minority youth, with particular focus on queering hetero/cisnormativity in schools through ethnodramatic inqueery. He is passionate about creating social change that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create safer learning environments fo all students. Dr. Tomczyk is an elementary school principal, as well as a certified counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy

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DR. KATE REID (SHE/HER/THEY/THEM)

Member

Dr. Kate Reid has been a professional folk singer-songwriter and touring artist for over a decade. Kate teaches oral presentation skills at the University of Toronto Graduate Centre for Academic Communication, and is an artist-researcher on the LGBTQ Families Speak Out project, where she composes and performs music for a multi-media verbatim theatre production called, Out at School. Kate's doctoral research investigated how queer folk songs do gender and sexuality education in public school classrooms. 

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BISHOP OWIS (THEY/THEM)

Grad Representative

Bishop is a teacher, community activist and PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). They are graduate of the Masters of Teaching program at OISE/UT where they earned their teaching qualifications in the Junior-Intermediate division. Bishop's doctoral research at OISE asks how do educators practice a queer ethic of care when working with QTBIPOC youth? How do they grapple with the tensions that arise when doing this work? And how do they envision a queer ethic of care? This qualitative study uses interviewing and art-based pedagogies to explore how educators understand their own ethical commitments when working with queer and trans youth of colour.

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GEORGE MCCAULSKY (HE/HIM)

Grad Representative

George McCaulsky currently teaches academic writing at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Jamaica and is also a PhD candidate in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University. His research interests concern the intersection of language, gender and culture as well as issues related to inclusive and equitable education in the Caribbean.

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LAUREN ALSTON (SHE/HER)

Grad Representative

Lauren is a PhD candidate in the Psychological Studies in Education program at the University of Alberta. She completed both her BSc Specializing in Psychology and MSc in Neuroscience. Her doctoral research focus is on school-based 2SLGBTQ+ resources in urban and rural Alberta. Specifically, she is interested in student-led 2SLGBTQ+ clubs, commonly known as Gender & Sexual Orientation Alliances (GSAs), and how participation in the clubs impact student mental health, peer interactions, and family relationships. Her previous employment as Alberta's Provincial GSA Coordinator at the Alberta GSA Network provided her with the privilege of working with and learning from communities across the province. Her goal is to collaborate with youth to produce research that could serve GSA students and be a valuable tool for school boards in their development of GSA clubs and resources.

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LINDSAY CAVANAUGH (SHE/HER)

Grad Representative

Lindsay  is a PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her arts-based critical participatory action research project examines what happens when Indigenous/2S, Black, POC and white settler LGBTQIA+ youth and educators come together to creatively share their dreams about social justice futurities in K-12 schools. Specifically, she is interested in how youth and educators with diverse positionalities map and unpack connections and tensions between queer, trans, femme-inist, decolonial/decolonizing/anti-colonial, anti-racist, and disabled/crip pedogagies. Outside of academia, she is a Intermediate/Senior certified teacher and has taught in both BC and Ontario, most recently in an Oji-Cree community called North Spirit Lake. 

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QINGYAN SUN (HE/HIM)

Grad Representative

Yan is a PhD student in Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Within the department, he belongs to the Social Justice and International Studies Specialization. Yan is a part-time teacher who researches (at) the intersections of gender and race, grounded in antiracist feminist traditions. Currently, he is exploring the potential for a project that examines queer international students’ experience in Canada within a decolonial frame.

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ARIADNE JEVNIKAR (SHE/HER/ELLE)

Grad Representative

Ariadne is a PhD student at Lakehead University in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies stream. She is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has taught K3 - Grade 12. Ariadne's research focuses on the influence of school administrators and the outcomes of Gender and Sexuality Alliances in publicly-funded high schools in Ontario.