Our Board of Directors is comprised of enthusiastic volunteers who guide the mission, vision, and governance of OUTSaskatoon. Together with the staff, our Board of Directors works to ensure that our programs and services meet the diverse needs of our community.
OUTSaskatoon's Board of Directors (2016/17)
Martha Smith-Norris, Chair
Martha has served on OUTSaskatoon's Board of Directors for 3 years, fulfilling the role of Secretary for one year and now serving as the chair. In November 2015, Martha was recognized as a Star Volunteer for her service to OUTSaskatoon. She is the proud mother of Jacqueline Norris, a strong advocate of social justice and active member of Saskatoon’s queer youth community. For her day job, Martha works as an Associate Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dave Culleton, Vice Chair
David has been a member of the Board of Directors of OutSaskatoon for the past 11 years and was chair of the board for 3 years. He is the Saskatchewan Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference of the Canadian Bar Association and serves on the planning committee for Camp fYrefly, a leadership camp for gender and sexual minority youth. David also served as the Saskatoon Chair of the Federal Department of Justice Diversity Council. In 2011 he received the Affinity Credit Union Community Service Award for his contribution to the queer community and in 2015 he received an award for 10 years of service to OUTSaskatoon. David practices law in Saskatoon
Sean Homenick, Treasurer
Sean is new to Board at OUTSaskatoon, but has worked in the non-profit world for thirteen years and currently works with SARC and SARCAN Recycling. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Marketing and Management. Sean is proud to live in downtown Saskatoon with a dude and two exceptionally lazy greyhounds.
Sean Homenick is 6’9” in height. He did indeed play basketball and volleyball. Sean orders his shoes and pants online.
Pronouns: Evolving! (He/Him)
Aiden Aichele made his “transition” back to Saskatoon in 2016 after leaving this fair city in 1989. He has a background in the field of Human Resource Development and has dedicated over 35 years of his life being an advocate for youth and young adults, within the not for profit and government sectors. When not at work, you will find him enjoying time with his partner or at the gym, as a personal fitness instructor where he supports individuals and groups in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
Jen Boyle is excited to be a board member of OutSaskatoon for her second year. She has been involved in Sexual and Gender Diversity volunteering and advocacy since high school. Starting with the GSA at Aden Bowman, moving to the USSU Pride Centre when she started University of Saskatchewan. Since graduating Jen has been a board member of the annual Breaking the Silence conference, a youth and adult leader with Camp fYrefly and an OutSaskatoon volunteer.
In Jen's daily life she is a social worker for adults with intellectual disabilities. She enjoys time at home with her new baby Isaac, partner and their energetic Boston Terrier, Jarvis. Or out playing board games with friends
Troy has been involved in a wide array of community organizations for as long as he can remember. It started while he was growing up in rural Saskatchewan (Aberdeen area) where he started his involvement with his United Church and quickly joined numerous other youth organizations in the area. Proudly being named Aberdeen’s Youth Citizen of the year in his grade 12 year, he then made the “big trek” from Aberdeen to Saskatoon where his passion for community involvement has only grown. Troy has been employed in the Financial Services Industry for nearly 10 years and is currently an Assistant Branch Manager at RBC Royal Bank, where he champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Some of his more recent work has been with United Way of Saskatoon & Area as an Account Executive receiving the Community Spirit Award and Leadership Giving Brochure cover in 2015. In 2016 Troy was the Treasurer of Saskatoon Pride Festival and is now very much looking forward to his continued involvement with his community on the OUTSaskatoon Board. Troy is most excited about learning more about the LGBTQ community and how he can help Saskatoon truly be inclusive to all.
Sarah has been dedicated to LGBTQ advocacy for the majority of her life. She recently completed her degree in Human Justice Studies with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Regina. Sarah has worked as the coordinator for the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Youth Summer Camp for many years, developed an online resource centre for the Women’s and Human Rights Department of the Canadian Labour Congress, as well as coordinated Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan for Gender and Sexually Diverse Youth. Most recently, she has moved to Saskatoon to work as a constituency assistant for MLA David Forbes and is thrilled to be joining the OUTSaskatoon Board of Directors. You might also catch Sarah sipping on dark coffee and beer, hanging at yoga, or playing her fiddle and ukulele.
Bio coming soon!
Jordan Sherbino was born in Treaty 6 territory in rural Saskatchewan, but he has called Saskatoon home ever since first attending the University of Saskatchewan to begin a political studies degree—and he even called Saskatoon home when living in Victoria for graduate school. Previously, Jordan was deeply involved with the students’ movement and served as an executive member of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union. He now does communications work at the U of S in the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives where he has to continually unlearn to use the Oxford comma.
When Jordan isn’t attending meetings or contemplating the Canadian constitution, he likes to come up with needlessly elaborate excuses for not going to the gym, cook unnecessarily complicated food, and enjoy the occasional pint.
Connor Rodriguez is new to the board and fairly new to Canada. He moved from Orlando, FL to Saskatoon after meeting his Canadian babe in New Orleans. After two years of living here, they were recently married with the blessing of their one of a kind kid. Connor has 10 years of volunteer experience working with many LGBTQ+ organizations and non-profits. As of this year, he became a board member for Gender Revolution, a peer support and social group that meets at OUTSaskatoon on Tuesdays. He now co-runs and facilitates it. In March 2017, for Gender Diversity Awareness Week, he was asked to speak at SIIT about his experiences being a visible transgender man and how to be a trans ally. Connor is really excited for the future and hopes to land a Psychology degree specializing in Gender Studies, give more educational talks, and stay on his new wife’s good side.
Natalya Mason (BA, BSW, RSW) is a sexual health educator and social worker who was born and raised in Saskatoon. She is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health at the University of Alberta. Her graduate work focuses on reducing social and emotional barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. Natalya is extremely passionate about sexual health, and currently, works as the Education/Outreach Coordinator at Saskatoon Sexual Health. She has been fortunate enough to work in classrooms throughout the province. She is a lifelong member of the Girl Guides of Canada and is dedicated to social justice and reproductive rights. In her spare time, she plays soccer and is a member of the Saskatoon Caribbean Steel Band.
Become a Board Member
The following questions might help you to determine if being a board member for OUTSaskatoon is right for you:
- Am I committed to the mission and vision of OUTSaskatoon?
- Can I contribute the time necessary to be an effective board member?
- Can I place OUTSaskatoon's purpose and interests above my own professional and personal interests when making decisions as a board member?
Responsibilities of board members:
- Attend ten monthly meetings throughout the year, and one annual general meeting in June of each year
- Participate in the governance and guidance of OUTSaskatoon
- Represent and promote OUTSaskatoon in the community, including support of events, fundraisers, and programming
- Support and be an active ambassador for OUTSaskatoon's values, mission, vision, and daily operations
If you are interested in becoming a board member, please download this application form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org