Rachel Loewen Walker - Executive Director
Rachel Loewen Walker has a background in Gender Studies and Philosophy, and has spent many years writing, teaching, and researching in the fields of queer theory, gender and popular culture, and feminist philosophy. She has been with OUTSaskatoon since 2013, where she works to support a growing and changing team as they respond to the needs of Saskatoon's queer, trans, and two spirit communities. Rachel continues to lecture in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and spends her off hours trying to keep up with her greyhound Lilith and renovating her 90 year-old home in Caswell Hill.
Amanda Guthrie - Education & Operations Manager
Amanda Guthrie grew up in North Battleford, Saskatchewan before moving to Saskatoon for University. While at university she came out as queer, got involved in numerous social justice clubs, and realized her passion and desire to effect social change. Amanda has been with OUTSaskatoon for four years as a volunteer and board member before taking on the role of Education Coordinator over two years ago. In her position Amanda works with school divisions, health regions, community based organizations, businesses and corporations throughout the province, educating people on the necessity and benefits of inclusive policy and practices. Amanda has also worked extensively with LGBTQ youth and brings a wealth of knowledge about how to best support and celebrate gender and sexual diversity.
KRYSTAL NIECKAR - HOUSING & SUPPORT SERVICES MANAGER
Biography coming soon!
Marjorie Beaucage - Elder & Mentor
Marjorie Beaucage is a Manitoba Red River Franco-Metis cultural worker, community-based filmmaker/storyteller, researcher, educator, and community leader. She has spent decades working toward the well-being of Indigenous communities by addressing issues of violence, poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Marjorie works to make room for difference in all the circles she is a part of. As Two Spirit Coordinator, Marjorie’s current work is to create relations with other Indigenous organizations across the province in order to respond to the Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV/AIDS and to build community and spiritual/cultural support for Two Spirit in and around Saskatchewan.
Sean Ryan - Community Engagement & Events Coordinator
Sean Ryan was born and raised in Saskatoon and has been an active community member since 2008. Before OUTSaskatoon Sean worked in the fields of Events, Design and People Relations. Sean is a sitting member of four boards; QEXCA Community Association, SUM Theatre, Saskatoon Fashion, and Design Festival and is the Chair of the Saskatoon Sexual Health Board of Directors. Previously, Sean has also sat as Media Director and Co-Chair for the Saskatoon Diversity Network Board and Treasurer of the OUTSaskatoon Board. He has worked with the Rainbow Coffee Youth Group as a mentor for the last five years and had a chance to travel with them to the National GSA Summit in 2015. Sean likes to dive into the task at hand whether it be helping directly impact the feeling of equality in Saskatoon or fundraising for different charitable organizations. When Sean takes a break from his busy schedule he enjoys playing soccer, slo pitch, watching period piece dramas, drinking red wine and eating cheese.
Ben Lindsay - Youth Coordinator
Ben is a student at the University of Saskatchewan. Originally from rural Saskatchewan, he currently lives in Saskatoon where he is studying Women and Gender Studies, and is looking to peruse a degree in social work. Ben has a passion for people, psychology, and queer and trans rights. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, caring for his fish, and studying plants and fungi.
JESSICA FISHER - FYREFLY SASKATCHEWAN COORDINATOR
Born and raised in Martensville, SK, Jess now lives in Saskatoon and loves her new neighbourhood. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina. It was during her time in university that Jess came out as pansexual and realized how crucial inclusive education and safe space is for all people, particularly youth. She has worked with youth in numerous capacities throughout the years and has a passion for facilitating, holding space for others, creatively addressing social justice issues, and laughing at her own jokes. Jess is thrilled to be working as the fYrefly Saskatchewan Coordinator and looks forward to meaningfully connecting with folks in empowering, anti-oppressive ways. In her spare time, Jess enjoys practicing acro yoga, spending time outdoors, and dancing awkwardly in her kitchen.
JACK SADDLEBACK - CULTURAL & PROJECTS COORDINATOR
Jack Saddleback is from the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, AB, and identifies as an out and proud Cree Two Spirit Transgender Gay man. Growing up in Calgary, AB, Jack moved to Saskatoon, SK, to attend the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Sociology. With a background in social justice, student politics, and activism, Jack has lobbied across Canada for Two Spirit issues, mental health issues, gender and sexual diversity, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS issues in various communities, organizations, and at all levels of government. In his off time Jack can be found watching movies, playing video games, or trying out new restaurants.