Joe Wickenhauser is a passionate community organizer who has worked with schools, healthcare workers and community groups to provide diversity training on how to support LGBT+ people in an organizational setting. After completing his Master’s thesis on LGBT+ history in Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan, his work has focused on bringing communities together to support gender and sexual diversity in smaller centres. Joe regularly delivers presentations and workshops on LGBT+ issues and was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union in 2016. He was named as a CBC Future 40 winner in 2017 and was nominated as Citizen of the Year in Moose Jaw in 2018.
Laura Budd is an impassioned Human Rights advocate and ally who is driven to create a society where all people are celebrated and respected. She has worked with students (from pre-K to University), educators, health care professionals, women’s shelters and service groups to offer diversity training on gender and sexual diversity which includes her own lived experiences. With the unique ability of speaking from her scars, not her wounds, Laura also does motivational speaking to dispel the myths and stigmas of mental health challenges and suicide.
Dexton is a proud born-and-raised Saskatchewan resident who believes the road to success is paved through diversity. They strive to raise awareness and support for the Gender & Sexually Diverse (GSD) communities of SK through education, networking and fun! Dexton has dedicated much of their time to the local GSD community through events, presentations and workshops. They are particularly passionate when it comes to their work around gender diverse education and advocacy.
Amanda Farnel, Acting Chair
Director since: September 29, 2016
Amanda was born and raised in Moose Jaw. She is Operations Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Statistics.
Kelly Carty, Vice Chair
Director since: March 2017
Kelly grew up in Moose Jaw and is the HR/Cast Director/Ticket office manager of the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. She has BA in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. She sits on a number of Boards within her community.
Michelle Blakley, Treasurer
Director since: March 2017
James Szwagierczak, Volunteer Coordinator
Director since: October 29, 2015
James identifies as a gay man and a former foster kid. Outside of serving on the board of directors for Moose Jaw Pride he is also President of the board of directors for Saskatchewan Youth In Care and Custody Network, as well as being secretary/public relations for the Gay and Lesbian Association of Moose Jaw (GLAMJ).
Jenn New, Member at Large
Director since: February 6, 2014
Jenn is is a person who copes with the impacts of ventilator dependent quadriplegia and has 24 hour care attendants. Jenn attends university part time and enjoys a variety of activities including art/drawing, listening and attending music events, and gatherings with friends. Even though she has physical limitations, Jenn actively strives to live with a barrier free attitude.
Cole Ramsey, Gender Diversity Representative
Director since: May 2017
Cole Ramsey was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and plans to stay here to enjoy and improve this wonderful province. After graduating from the University of Regina with a B.A. and a B.Ed., Cole moved to Moose Jaw to teach. They are a teacher both in and out of school, educating people one day at a time on the value and vibrance of queerness and gender diversity in the world.
Mikayla Skye Schultz
Feb 6, 2014 to Jan 29, 2015
Member at Large
March 12, 2015 to Oct 29, 2015
Chair of the Board
Feb 6, 2014 to Dec 15, 2015
Secretary/Chair of the Board
Feb 6, 2014 to March 19, 2016
Gender Diversity Representative/Chair of the Board
Jan 29, 2015 to Sept 18, 2016
Member at Large/Gender Diversity Representative
March 12, 2015 to Sept 18, 2016
Secretary / Acting Chair
Nov 26, 2015 to Feb 2017
Feb 6, 2014 to March 2017
May 26, 2016 to Feb 2017
Sara Artiga Valentine
Sept 26, 2016 to Sept 14 2017