People

Staff

Taylor Eden Carlson

Executive Director

Taylor is driven by values of fairness and equitable inclusion and guided by the principle that individuals are the experts in their own lives.

Taylor is a Moose Jaw kid who often quips that they are a “lifer” having always been a believer in and cheerleader for smaller communities and their residents, particularly the most vulnerable among us. Taylor comes to Moose Jaw Pride with experience as a strategic leader, consultant, and collaborator within the non-profit and human services sectors.

Taylor is a familiar face to many, through their community roles as a valued volunteer, Director and committee member of various local organizations and groups. They’ve previously worked with two provincial governments in a capacity of trust and participate locally as a valued member of the Newcomer Steering Committee, Youth AXIS and YMCA.

Laura Budd

Education Coordinator

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.

Joe Wickenhauser

Co-founder

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.

Board of Directors

Kelly Carty, Chair

Cole Ramsey, Vice-Chair & Gender Diversity Representative

Katrina Howick, Treasurer

Nik Crawford, Secretary

PAST BOARD MEMBERS

Mikayla Skye Schultz

Founding Member

Feb 6, 2014 to Jan 29, 2015

Matt Neuls

Member at Large

March 12, 2015 to Oct 29, 2015

Joe Wickenhauser

Founding Member

Chair of the Board

Feb 6, 2014 to Dec 15, 2015

Sarah Simison

Founding Member

Secretary/Chair of the Board

Feb 6, 2014 to March 19, 2016

Nillin Dennison

Gender Diversity Representative/Chair of the Board

Jan 29, 2015 to Sept 18, 2016

Falon Dennison

Member at Large/Gender Diversity Representative

March 12, 2015 to Sept 18, 2016

Karmen Krahn

Secretary / Acting Chair

Nov 26, 2015 to Feb 2017

Jim Tenford

Founding Member

Treasurer

Feb 6, 2014 to March 2017

Sonny Yong

Treasurer

May 26, 2016 to Feb 2017

Sara Artiga Valentine

Sept 26, 2016 to Sept 14 2017

Amanda Farnel

April 29, 2016 to March 13, 2018

Michelle Blakley

Treasurer

March 2017 – April 2018

Jenn New

Feb 6, 2014 to Sept 25, 2018

Founding Member

Xavier Fisher

March 2018 to Nov 2018

James Szwagierczak

October 2015 to July 2019