Staff

Kathryn LeBlanc

Interim Executive Director
She/her

Alexandra Daigle

Membership Engagement Coordinator
She/her

Noah Inniss-Parchment

Programs Coordinator
He/him

Daphney Louis

Communications Coordinator
She/her

Board

We are governed by a Board of Directors, which represents member organizations from every province and territory.


Rachel Loewen Walker

Chair

Rachel Loewen Walker is the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights with the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan where her research focusses on gender, sexuality, and human rights. Prior to this, Rachel served as the Executive Director of OUTSaskatoon for nearly seven years. During her tenure, the organization grew from six to fifteen employees, now reaching more than twelve thousand people per year with an annual operating budget of just over a million dollars. While at OUTSaskatoon, Rachel worked with 2SLGBTQ leaders across Canada to develop The Enchanté Network, a national organization that works to build the capacity and reach of Two Spirit and LGBTQ Centres and Rachel currently serves as the President of The Enchanté Network’s board of directors. Rachel has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Alberta, and has taught and published in the areas of feminist and queer theory, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of time. She spent more than 10 years as a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, and has worked in a number of research capacities including with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, the Prairie Region Health Promotion Centre, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Throughout Rachel’s community and academic work she has developed expertise in non-profit organization management, facilitation, leadership, and policy analysis, while focusing on opening up spaces for social change, cultural diversity, and greater collaboration across non-profit, University, governmental, and other spheres.

Estefan Cortes-Vargas

Vice Chair, Governance

Estefan Cortes-Vargas

Vice Chair, Governance

Estefan Cortes-Vargas (they/them) is seen as a trailblazer; they were elected in 2015, becoming one of the first openly non-binary queer MLA, the first Colombian-Canadian MLA, and the youngest government whip in Alberta’s history at 24. They have advocated for LGBTQ2S+ rights internationally as well as in Alberta, where they co-sponsored a bill legally enshrining LGBTQ2S+ rights in the province. In July of 2019, Estefan joined the Pride Centre of Edmonton where they served as the Executive Director.

Chelsea Thacker

VP Human Resources and the Northwest Territories representative

Chelsea Thacker

VP Human Resources and the Northwest Territories representative

Chelsea Thacker became the Executive Director of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife in 2017. Over the past five years, their work has been focused on supporting LGBTQ2S+ children and youth in the NWT, designing and delivering training programs, and working with national organizations to ensure the rights and issues of LGBTQ2S+ children and youth in the NWT are recognized and accounted for in national initiatives. Chelsea is passionate about educating and inspiring individuals working with LGBTQ2S+ children and youth and helping communities develop environments that are open and inclusive. The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is an organization that supports LGBTQ2S+ youth across the NWT. Through grants, delivering workshops and trainings, providing support to Gender & Sexuality Alliances, implementation of support and art programs, and creation of resources.

Christian Tanguay

Treasurer and the Quebec representative

Christian Tanguay

Treasurer and the Quebec representative

Christian Tanguay has been working with Montreal’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities for over 15 years. A HEC Montreal management alumnus, his extensive work with 2SLGBTQ+ youth began at Jeunesse Lambda. He continued to devote his time and energy with organizations such as AlterHéros, REJAQ and the Conseil québécois LGBT. Christian continued his studies in philanthropic management at Université de Montréal and then in educational science at UQAM to finally pursue graduate degree in adult education. He joined the Montreal LGBTQ+ Community Centre (CCGLM) team in the summer of 2014 as Executive Director.

Christian’s work to modernize the centre and his dedication to 2SLGBTQ+ causes has strengthened the organization’s foundation and improved programs and services to better meet the need of our communities.

Charlie Murphy

Newfoundland and Labrador representative

Charlie Murphy

Newfoundland and Labrador representative

Charlie Murphy (pronouns he, him, they, them) is a long time 2SLGBTQIA+ activist currently residing in St. John’s NL and as the Executive Director of Quadrangle NL, the province first and currently only registered charity mandated to create a 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Centre for the province. For the past 12 years he has worked for the community through a number of organizations like PFLAG St. John’s chapter as a peer support facilitator, a former board member of their local pride organization, a past President of Planned Parenthood NL and Co- founder of Raise Up Fundraising a not-for-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for marginalized populations.

He is also currently working as the St. John’s Regional Support Coordinator for The Community Based Research Centre, which promotes the health of gay men through research and intervention development. The CBRC’s work is inclusive of bisexual and queer men (cis and trans) and Two Spirit people.

Jeffery Chalifoux

Alberta representative

Jeffery Chalifoux

Alberta representative

Jeffery Chalifoux is an Indigenous Two Spirit Father whose Cree name is kimwewehtew (Silent Walker). He is Cree/Métis citizen of the Métis Nation. Jeffery use they/them or he/him pronouns and is an advocate for sexual and gender diverse minority communities. Currently in graduate clinical social work studies, Jeffery is also a Co-Founder and former Co-Chair and now the Executive Director of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society. He strives to foste inclusion of Two Spirits in our society. He also sits on the 2 Spirit Council of Fierté Canada Pride as well as the Alberta College of Social Worker’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Committee and is well known for their specialized work around chemsex with the Edmonton Men’s Health Collective in the development, delivering and scale up of the Peer N Peer Harm Reduction Program (PNP) supporting the 2SLGBTQ+ community in reducing harms associated with sexualized substance use. Aptly so, as he openly shares his lived experiences through homelessness, 20 years of active substance use and over a decade in correctional systems which strongly correlate with his sexual and gender identities. Jeffery enjoys adventuring with their son, travelling far-and-wide, volunteering and has recently begun delving into new hobbies in his free time.

Cait Glasson

Ontario representative

Cait Glasson

Ontario representative

Cait Glasson is a 53-year-old lesbian trans woman from Ontario, currently living in Waterloo. Retired as a translator, she spends most of her time doing activism and awareness work for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, volunteering some 25-30 hours a week. She has been out and active since 1994.

Albert McLeod

Manitoba representative

Albert McLeod

Manitoba representative

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over thirty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. Albert began his Two-Spirit advocacy in Winnipeg in 1986 and became an HIV/AIDS activist in 1987. He was the director of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force from 1991 to 2001. In 2018, Albert received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg. Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in Indigenous peoples, cultural reclamation, and cross-cultural training.

Kirk Furlotte

Nova Scotian representative

Kirk Furlotte

Nova Scotian representative

Kirk Furlotte (he/him) is the regional manager for Atlantic Canada with the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) He lives, works, and plays in Kjipuktuk/Halifax in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

Prior to joining CBRC, Kirk completed two degrees in health promotion from Dalhousie University at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has a long history of community engagement and activism. Kirk has been engaged in many projects including CATIE, Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Sexual Health Centre, the Youth Project, Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, and East Coast Rainbow Softball Association. He has worked in queer health research at Dalhousie and Simon Fraser University on national studies.

Kirk is a firm believer that that many hands make for lighter loads and that camaraderie in trying times makes for lighter moods.

Living in one of the smaller provinces, he sees the need for capacity development across Atlantic Canada and he thinks building networks like Enchanté is one of the most direct lines to empowering our communities to come together and push for our common causes.
Kirk has long held a passion for community service and sees his term as another way of giving back to the community.

Joce Reyome

PEI representative

Joce Reyome

PEI representative

Joce Reyome is the BIPOC2S+ representative for Pride PEI, having lightly joined the team for 2019’s “Pride 25”. They are now knee deep in working with Pride PEI to establish community outreach and more. Joce is also currently serving as the LGBTQIA+ representative on the MusicPEI Board. Originally from a city in Massachusetts, (not Boston but it’s close enough so it may as well be Boston, ya know?), they made their way to PEI to study at Holland College in 2016. When they aren’t running around Charlottetown doing who knows what, you can find them playing music with nearly everyone on the island, making art, and cuddling with their partner Cameron and their little pup, Frankie.

Joel Harnest

British Columbia representative

Joel Harnest

British Columbia representative

Living and working on unceded lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Raised on Haudenosaune and Mississauga lands, identifying as a cis-man, queer and white settler with British, German and Swiss ancestry.

By trade and by passion, Joel Harnest is a facilitator and convenor of dialogue and community engagement. Committed to unearthing and mobilizing shared and collective wisdom, designing intentional spaces in which marginalized knowledge and lived experiences can be centred, and advancing human rights through education and community building.

As a not-for-profit leader, Joel is putting into practice shared leadership principles, consensus building, appreciative inquiry and asset based development as one of two Co-Executive Directors at QMUNITY, BC’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit resource centre.

When Joel isn’t waxing poetic about queer revolutions or addressing the toxicity of misogyny, you might find him on some sports fields (oh, the irony) tossing a plastic, flying disc or swinging a tennis racquet. His main mode of transportation is cycling, and he frequently pines for the long Vancouver summer days so he can try to survive ill-planned and under-prepared day-long bike trips.