Meet the Board

Amelia Thorpe

Amelia@frederictonpride.com

Amelia has been involved with Fierté Fredericton Pride for several years. This is her second year on the board and she’s eager to be involved in building new relationships with the community to help shape the future of Pride. Amelia has extensive experience working with queer, trans, and non-binary youth. She has worked with numerous not-for-profit and advocacy groups in three provinces and currently sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health. Amelia is a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick and holds an MEd from the University of Toronto. Her research is centered on identity, language, and connectivity within sexual and gender minority communities. She brings experience in education, policy, advocacy, and community support to the board as well as a passion for making pride increasingly accessible, inclusive, and intergenerational.  (Also, stereotypically likes cats.)

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Jonathan Blanchard

Jonathan@frederictonpride.com

Jonathan is a baker by trade (that’s why he’s so sweet). He also does Burlesque with snap a Burlesque review. While some of you may know him, many are likely to know him by his stage name Venom Devine, under which he performs at one of the local bars in Fredericton regularly (that’s his spicy side). He started helping Fredericton pride in its founding year of 2009. Over the years he has held many titles including secretary, vice chair, chairman and drag coordinator in order to help make a great pride season.

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Cat Squires

Cat@frederictonpride.com

Cat is a local Queer Artist & Graphic Designer with a passion for social justice and education through public speaking. Cat graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design in 2016 and went on from there to complete a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Design at the University of New Brunswick which they completed in 2017; they are currently working towards the completion of their Masters of Adult Education from UNB while working as both a Marketing & Communications Consultant with UNB Student Services and as a Coordinator for The 203 Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity. (If you didn’t know, The 203 is a student led/student focused safe space & resource centre located on the UNB Fredericton campus aimed at connecting our community and educating the public about inclusion & diversity.) This is Cat’s first time working with Fierté Fredericton Pride but they come to the task with passion (and a really loud voice, literally and figuratively) and a diverse range of skills that they hope with make this years pride the best it possibly can be.

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Linsay Nickum

Linsay@frederictonpride.com

Linsay is a local tattoo artist, graphic/webdesigner, musician and traditional artist. She attended NBCCD to pursue studies in digital design, completing the foundation certificate program, as well as the intergrated media program. She is currently working hard to make all the graphicy goodness pride could ever need. While this is the first year Linsay has been part of the Fierte Fredericton Pride Board, she did volunteer in the same manner during the first Fredericton pride. Through her part on the board, primarily, she hopes to help keep the community up to date with all available events and resources, but also hopes to improve the accessibility and general experience. She believes that the job of pride is to be an ultimate hub of support to the community. She also really likes hamburgers, radlers, and watching Netflix until it asks if you’re okay.

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