Meet the Board

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BRENNA PLADSEN (they/them)
Secretary
e. secretary@calgaryoutlink.ca

Brenna is a visual communicator with experience in museums and libraries.

 

Their art practice blends poetry, illustration, and philatelic.

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TEREASA MAILLIE (she/her)
Director

 

Tereasa is a writer, historian and consultant based in Alberta. She has a very un-secret life as a poet, creative non-fiction writer, and playwright. Her upcoming book is on the history of the 2SLGTBQ+ community in Canada as a form of advocacy and social justice. Previously a member of Calgary's Queer History Project, the team received an honourable mention for the Governor General Award for History in 2016, and won the 2018 Lion Awards Winners Advocacy and Awareness – Group for the play "Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story."

 

Tereasa is so excited to be a part of the dynamic and passionate team at Outlink.

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TAURICK HOVEN (he/him)
Director

 

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.

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JUAN ESTEVEZ (he/him)
Treasurer
e. treasurer@calgaryoutlink.ca

 

Juan 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 be with the Outlink team and is committed to help the community in any way he can.

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NIK JARVIS (she/her)
Director

 

Nik is a gender non-conforming lesbian who remembers what it was like to grow up terrified, isolated, and struggling to navigate a system that wouldn't support her. She’s proud to use her lived experience as a Mad person, longtime service user, and psychiatric inpatient survivor to help make Calgary a safer place for 2SLGBTQ+ people to be themselves.

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DERRICK ANTSON (he/him)
Director

 

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.

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JESSICA REVINGTON (she/her)
Director
Bio coming soon!

 

ALISHA GORDON (she/her)
Youth @ the Table Participant
 
Alisha is a born and raised Albertan who recently graduated from the University of Calgary. She now works in the financial industry with communities who are underrepresented in this sector. Her free time is spent beading, hiking and catering to every need of her cat, Oreo and dog, Bella.
 
Alisha is excited to have the opportunity to volunteer with Outlink as a part of Volunteer Alberta's Youth at the Table program.

Meet the Staff

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EMMA LADOUCEUR
(she/her)
Director of Operations & Development
e: emma@calgaryoutlink.ca
ZAK DATTADEEN
(he/him)
Manager of Volunteers & Programming
e: zak@calgaryoutlink.ca
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BRIE VUONG
(she/her)
Community Engagement Coordinator
e: brie@calgaryoutlink.ca
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GRACE DONNER
(she/her)
Summer Programs Coordinator
e: grace@calgaryoutlink.ca