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Meet the Board

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ALBERTO JIMENEZ PONCE (he/him)
Director

 

Alberto currently resides in the southwest of Calgary, but his heart will always be from the coast of Ecuador. By trade, he is a Talent Acquisition Partner at an airline, but his passions include advocating for a more inclusive environment for everyone around him. He has had great opportunities to provide leadership support to several diversity, equity, and inclusion projects and initiatives for both his previous and current employers. Outside of work, he loves volunteering for organizations and programs that closely align with his beliefs. When he's not hiring, you can find him spending time with friends, dancing, being active outdoors, enjoying the sun, swimming, and trying all kinds of foods. He confesses he is a bit of a foodie, and if you are ever looking to try out Ecuadorian cuisine, he would recommend trying Bolón, which is a mashed fried plantain ball breakfast topped with a sunny-side-up egg.
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AUSTIN DECK (he/him)
Director

 

Austin is a born-and-raised Calgarian passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization. He is a trained Licensed Practical Nurse, and graduated from Bow Valley College in 2022. He also recently completed his Bachelor’s in Health Sciences with a major in Public Health at the University of Lethbridge. His life has given him the privilege of a wide variety of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from performing for royalty at 14 years old, to working as a yoga teacher in Vietnam, Bali, and China. This would not be possible without his family and the queer representation, to whom he owes insurmountable gratitude, that allowed him to be himself and live authentically as a gay man while growing up as a man with more feminine attributes. He is currently focused on being a community builder in society, and looking for more ways to get involved in protecting the rights and lives of vulnerable and marginalized populations. In his spare time, he enjoys dancing and singing (name a diva and he will drop a tune), reading, and of course his favourite pastime of daydreaming!
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CASEY GUINSATAO (she/they)
Director
 
Casey has been a part of the Outlink community since July 2022. Currently, they are a peer support facilitator for Colleqtive - Outlink's group for queer, trans, and two-spirit racialized (Black & brown) folks. In the past, she facilitated the Inside Out Youth Group, and volunteered for the You Matter Support & Resource Line. They hate to perpetuate stereotypes, but they are your textbook Filipino, with a big family who enjoys karaoke and a good potluck (of course, they planned two potlucks for Colleqtive). In her free time, she enjoys nurturing her house plants, hanging out with her bunny, and rotting in bed.
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DAPHNE DIKE-HART (she/they)
Director

 

Daphne is a proud Black, lesbian human here in Calgary. Her journey has been all about breaking down barriers, and introducing a splash of queerness and Blackness in spaces where it's often missing. They are deeply passionate about social justice, and creating inclusive communities where everyone feels seen and celebrated. She is excited to contribute her knack for bridging diverse communities to Outlink. They envision creating programs that support 2SLGBTQ+ folks while intertwining issues of racial justice. Their hope is to see Outlink not just as a support network, but as a vibrant hub that reflects the true diversity of our community, where every voice is amplified and matters.
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DARREN CHU (he/him)
Director
 
Darren is a native Calgarian and 4th generation Canadian. His work experience is fairly varied; he spent a decade as a classroom teacher, working with students with learning disabilities, before transitioning over to the business world. Currently, he is the Managing Director of a local utility retailer that provides services across Alberta. In his personal time, he loves video games (The Last Of Us: Part 2 *chef’s kiss*) and travelling.
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GRACE DONNER (she/her)
Director
 
Grace has been a part of the Outlink community since January 2022, when she became a facilitator for Grabba Java! She was also Outlink's Canada Summer Jobs staff member in 2022, and one of the first facilitators for Colleqtive, Outlink's community group for QBIPOC. She is passionate about community development, and creating meaningful opportunities for connection. She sees herself contributing her strong people skills and love of collaboration to create a welcoming and productive team environment. She enjoys public speaking, and has the desire to use her voice and lived experience to benefit those around her.
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HARRISON MURPHY (he/him)
Director
 
Born and raised in Calgary, Harrison’s big run-away after school was to Vancouver, where he lived amongst queer artists of all kinds, and got to know himself. He moved to Vancouver Island for education in Victoria, and returned to Calgary shortly after in 2014, and has decided to stay since. He is a mixed race, gay male and has experienced life from this perspective. He served as the Constituency Manager for a Calgary elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He now owns and operates a small, creative business in Inglewood called Murphy’s Mid-Century. He also served two years as a director of the board for the Business Improvement Area (Inglewood BIA). He is a passionate eater (and cook)! Most of his social engagements revolve around a table of some kind, and sharing. He loves plants and nature, and told himself that he would live in a jungle house when he grew up, and he now does!
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HEATHER HANSLER (she/her)
Director
 
Heather is a biologist turned artist, illustrator, and entrepreneur. She designs greeting cards, pins, mugs, ornaments and more to celebrate the lives and relationships of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She believes cultivating relationships, deepening community, and acts of generosity are powerful agents of healing. She is an entrepreneur, illustrator, and a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. She can contribute a kind, balanced, and helping hand towards anything the community needs. She is happy to work where her skills will serve the community best, and she knows her creativity can be put to good use on almost any project.
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MARK ESTRADA (he/him)
Director
 
Mark is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ and Filipino communities and a recent transplant to the Calgary area. Along with his partner, Dusty, the two of them moved from BC to start a family. During the day, he is a renovation sales manager and CFO (Chief Fun Officer) at work. He is also currently the volunteer facilitator for Outlink’s Between Men community group. His hobbies include gaming (both board games and video games), and increasing the waistlines of his friends and family through baking.
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MICHEAL SMITH (he/him)
Director
 
Michael has been a member of Calgary’s gay community for over 25 years. He is passionate about governance and community building. He is also an advocate for inclusion of queer perspectives in social studies education. He works as a teacher and has sponsored GSAs in various schools over the last 10 years. He is also fairly active in politics, having recently ran in the 2023 provincial election. He is a dog person, and enjoys watching Star Trek.
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REN BLAIN (she/her)
Director
 
Ren’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and community is evidenced by two decades of work in the health and social services sector. While she has held many leadership roles, Ren sees her current role as Director of Strategy and Operations for a Primary Care Network as a high impact opportunity to marry her social work roots and breadth and depth of healthcare experience in a very rewarding environment, focused on reducing barriers and increasing access for vulnerable marginalized populations. Ren holds both a Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, and is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors ICD. In her spare time, she is polishing off the final steps of PMP designation and embarking on motorcycle adventures with her two-year-old Chihuahua, Lalo.
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SIA JADE BARDUAGNI (they/them)
Director
 
Sia is a queer, nonbinary person who has been a part of Calgary’s LGBTQIA2+ community for a little over 15 years. They currently work as a district manager for a Calgary-founded pet store brand, where they have worked their way up through the company over the last ten years. Outside of work, they are a member of a team that runs Calgary’s only queer-exclusive play party, where they focus on intersectionality to create a space that is safe and accessible to all community members.

Meet the Staff

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EMMA LADOUCEUR
(she/her)
Director of Operations & Development
e: emma@calgaryoutlink.ca
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ZAK DATTADEEN
(he/him)
Manager of Volunteers & Programming
e: zak@calgaryoutlink.ca
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BRIE VUONG
(she/her)
Communications &
Peer Support Lead

e: brie@calgaryoutlink.ca
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ALEXEI ROSE
(they/them)
Community Outreach Coordinator
e: alexei@calgaryoutlink.ca
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