Rachel Loewen Walker - Executive Director
Rachel Loewen Walker is a queer woman with a background in Gender Studies and Philosophy. Rachel 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
Krystal was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan before moving overseas to teach English as a second language. Upon her return, she got involved in the non-profit sector and has worked there for the past 12 years. Krystal is passionate about non-profit, particularly in working with at-risk youth. Krystal also sits as Co-Chair on the Board of directors of the Saskatoon Pride Festival. She is committed to working with the LBGTQ2A+ community to create authentic and safe spaces for individuals to feel welcome and comfortable and free to be their true selves. When Krystal isn’t busy working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and sharing her life with her partner and their two young children.
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, they currently live in Saskatoon where they are 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 their spare time, they enjoy cooking, caring for their 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.
Briana Hedlin – Office Coordinator
Briana was born and raised in Saskatoon, however, she secretly wishes she lived in space. After being rejected by NASA she gladly accepted a position at OUTSaskatoon as, Office Coordinator, as a way to give back to the community that gave so much to her. Growing up in the generation of ‘it’s ok to be gay, but don’t say it out loud’ she was not able to accept her full self until she was in her 20’s and moved to Edmonton, AB. After several attempts at becoming the ultimate hipster, she failed, moved back to Saskatoon to discover herself, much like Hipparchus discovering the stars in 190 BC. Briana is very interested in the written word, motion pictures and has an odd fascination with celebrity heights. In her spare time she likes to knit, cook, have rousing debates on who is the tallest celebrity, and cat-sit Sphinx's called Travis and Kyle.