Meet the Board

Kelsey Fawcett

Kelsey has been involved with Fierté Fredericton Pride for several years, from helping run events and moving things to where they need to go (she’s been working out), to being a part of the Board! Yesteryear, she organized the pride parade, and was the Secretary for the board. She has a love for organizing things and a love for the people of Fredericton, attempting to lift people up and show love to all people, as often as she possibly can. (But not in a weird way.) Kelsey is openly pansexual, performs in drag as NerdyNES, is an active local musician, and you can find her moonlighting as a full time bartender at York County Cider. This year, she is focusing on coordinating the parade again and cannot wait to see the passion and celebration that all of Fredericton’s amazing community organizations have to show this year! She puts passion into everything she does and is beyond excited to make the 10 year anniversary of Pride one to remember


Amelia Thorpe

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.)


Jonathan Blanchard

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.


Cat Squires

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.


Adam Marshall

Adam may be new to the Fredericton Pride board, but he is certainly not new to organizing pride-related events! Adam is co-owner and operator of Drag Out Your Party, a drag and queer space event production company responsible for a variety of well-known local events, connecting an extensive community of queer artists, performers, and attendees, as well as having raised thousands for local non-profits.. Adam is no stranger to the stage, as he also hosts and performs as Freeda Whales.
With a background in environment and natural resource management, and event and social media management, Adam brings experience and passion for collaboration and community support to the Fredericton Pride board; he is thrilled to be a member and looks forward to the new friends and connections he’ll make in this venture!


Dean Farrell

Dean is 23 and has moved to Fredericton from Dublin (he has a sweet accent). He has worked with Dublin Pride (serious, sweet accent), mainly giving a platform to Queer Irish Language Literature, which had previously been heavily censored due to ‘oppressing bodies on the language’. He has used these events to raise money for various charities supporting queer individuals. He is working with Social Media, co-ordinating art and literary events for Pride this year, and hopes to help build on the great work done in Fredericton to date.


Linsay Nickum

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.