Meet the Board
JASON KINGSLEY (he/they)
Jason has been involved in supporting the gender and sexually diverse community locally, regionally, and nationally in Canada for over fifteen years. Jason is an engagement and learning professional currently researching intersections of discomfort, specifically within community and workplace contexts.
Jason is passionate about supporting the exploration of self and society and empowering diverse voices, identities, and experiences in the production and mobilization of knowledge.
HEATHER JOHNSON (she/her)
Heather has served on the Calgary Outlink Board of Directors for five years and is passionate about providing quality, caring, and inclusive supports and services to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Heather is a social worker, a partner, mother to three, and is committed to ongoing learning about working with marginalized communities and how the places of power and privilege she sits in impact her work.
BRENNA PLASDEN (they/them)
Brenna is a visual communicator with experience in museums and libraries.
Their art practice blends poetry, illustration, and philatelic.
KEVIN ALLEN (he/him)
Kevin is a queer historian and the award-winning author of Our Past Matters Stories of Gay Calgary (2018).
Kevin works as a non-profit consultant as well as manages elections for Elections Canada and Elections Alberta.
JUAN ESTEVEZ (he/him)
Juan is a new member of Outlink. He was born in Colombia and grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta. He completed his bachelor in finance and has spent the last 2 years living in Montreal before moving back to Alberta.
Juan is excited to join the Outlink team and is committed to help the community in any way he can.
TAURICK HOVEN (he/him)
Taurick has been involved in the LGBTQ2S+ community volunteering with and being a member of various organizations in Calgary, Edmonton, and Australia. He is a professional engineer with a background in project management, design, and construction.
Taurick is passionate about volunteering, mentorship, helping others, and giving back to the community.
DERRICK ANTSON (he/him)
Derrick has a Master of Advanced Studies in Peace & Conflict Transformation and a Bachelors in Philosophy. He believes that this background equips him to deconstruct the secrets of the universe, while his husband often jokes that it just equips him to win arguments.
Derrick is a proud dog-dad to two beagles, a believer in the power of volunteers, and a supporter of workers' right to unionize, Derrick lives his life out and proud, bringing a sense of humour and style to everything he does..
Nik Jarvis (she/her)