Staff

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Rachel Loewen Walker - Executive Director
Pronouns: She/Her
Email: director@outsaskatoon.ca

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a sea turtle. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would build OUT the most incredible new space, and then I would take a trip to the Galapagos Islands! The best piece of advice I've ever been given is to invest my time into the culture of an organization first and foremost, as the good work will follow from an inspired and collaborative team. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve pie. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Show up to the interview with both your head and your heart. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be Donald Trump's acupuncturist ;) Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? Definitely both and yes - I have a greyhound named Lilith and two loud cats: Lucy and Hamlet. My favorite word in the English language is becoming. My favorite word in the Queer language is QUEER! And my favourite part about being Queer is the fact that it has helped to create me into a person who is resilient, thrives in diversity, and who is passionate about social change for all. When I was five, I was pretty sure I'd be a mad scientist when I grew up, being an ED is not that far off . . .

 

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Amanda Guthrie - Education & Operations Manager
Pronouns: She/Her
Email: education@outsaskatoon.ca

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would pay off my loans, travel the world, give my parents money, and donate half of my earnings to non-profit organizations. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is "this too shall pass." If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve avocados. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars - Vulnerability makes your work, your workplace, and your life better. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be a Fixer (ie. Olivia Pope). My favorite word in the English language is Queer. My favorite word in the Queer language is Homo. What's the most inspiring part of your job - I'm inspired when people are willing to be uncomfortable, ask the tough questions, and when people are brave enough to champion inclusion. I'm inspired when people stop being afraid and when they stop buying into the norm and status quo. My favourite part about being Queer is that I truly get to me and not censor any part of myself. Accepting my queerness meant I that I slowly started to accept and express my true self; whether masculine, feminine, hairy, no hair, wearing whatever clothes make me feel comfortable, cutting my hair the way I actually want, being attracted to whomever, whatever it might be. To me, Queer means liberated. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to turn water into guacamole. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Spice Girl when I grew up. If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why? An avocado. It goes great with everything.

 

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Krystal Niecker - Housing & Support Services Manager
Pronouns: 
She/Her
Email: services@outsaskatoon.ca

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was ... a character in a Jane Austin novel. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would invest half for retirement, but because you have to be smart about your future and then I would move to a Greek island and have the best parties! The best piece of advice I've ever been given is always remember to wish your Mother a Happy BIRTHday on your own Birthday, it is her day just as much as it is yours. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve good food and great company. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? I would advise them to truly be themselves, there is more merit in authenticity than any resume can possibly convey. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be POTUS. Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? Can't choose - I love all of my animals equally, except when my cats are jerks! What's the most inspiring part of your job? Watching folks choose to be the best versions of themselves. My favourite part about being Queer is the feeling of Family. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be Gaydar. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Doctor when I grew up. If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why? I would be a Papaya, sweet and juicy on the outside and a little bit nutty on the inside! 

 

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Sean Ryan - Community Engagement & Events Officer
Pronouns: He/Him
Email: events@outsaskatoon.ca

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a Queen. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would start my own charity and travel the world! The best piece of advice I've ever been given is that it is ok to just be yourself. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve Michael Buble, I love him. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars, keep your chin up and let the positive energy flow through you. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be a politician so I could make a greater impact on people’s lives. Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? I love all animals but I LOVE dogs the most! I have two dogs and they are the BEST! My favorite word in the English language is Literally. My favorite word in the Queer language is Lesbian, I think it sounds the most fun. The most inspiring part of my job is knowing at the end of the day we are truly making a difference and impacting people’s lives, that and I get to work with my best friends! My favourite part about being Queer is being an individual but knowing that I have a community behind and supporting me. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be flying or invisibility. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Mom when I grew up, fighting gender norms since birth. If I were a fruit or vegetable I would be a beet, once I'm cooked I melt. 

 

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Briana Hedlin – Office Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her
Email: hello@outsaskatoon.ca

I am pretty sure I was a scientist, or someone who used science/math on a regular basis. I find it so fascinating, however, did poorly in both subjects. Winning the lottery is a tricky thing. Theoretically, if I won, I would buy a house, pay off my car, and do a bunch of responsible things, however I’m pretty sure I would do all the vineyard tours in Italy. The best piece of advice I received is: ‘Make your bed every morning. You don’t want to die and have people think you’re messy’ – My Grandmother. If I were to invent a holiday, it would involve Star Wars, housecoats, and puppies. So basically May 4th. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? I would tell them not to fight it. Accept that you are part of a team and you have to eat with everyone, you will ugly cry at some point and you will laugh until it hurts. If I could have any position in the world it would probably be the position I have currently. I don’t want power, I don’t want fame. Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? I love dogs. LOVE DOGS!! We currently are running a retirement home for pets. Three dogs; Guthrie (13), Ava (10) and Molly (8), and two birds; Zoe (22), and Skyler (18) My favourite word is discombobulated. It’s fun to say and spell, plus it describes me at least once a day. My favourite queer word is lezbeonic. Not a real word and it doesn’t mean anything, but it has a ‘z’ in it so that’s cool. Also it kind of sounds like bionic, which reminds me of the bionic woman aka: Lezbeonic. What's the most inspiring part of your job? I love to talk to people and with my position, I am able to have a chat with most people who come through OUTSaskatoon. Either by email, phone or the drop in. I love being queer, and I love that I’ve accepted myself as a lesbian. I had a hard time growing up because it was not widely accepted, but now I work at literally the gayest place in the city and I own it. My superhero power would be either flying, or the ability to know what people are thinking. However, that would probably be annoying and I would cheat in Jeopardy, so flying. I’m pretty sure, when I was 5, I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I was a very adult 5 year old. I love vegetables, and eat an excessive amount of cucumbers; however, I would probably be a dragon fruit. I am spiky and protective on the outside, but sweet on in the inside.

 

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Jessica Fisher - fYreFly Saskatchewan Coordinator
Pronouns: 
She/Her
Email: 
fyrefly@outsaskatoon.ca

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a witch living in a forest. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would buy a camper van and explore more of Canada. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is that I am a mighty and powerful force and that I should never turn my *sparkle* down for anyone. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve playing outside with dogs. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Figure out what brings you joy and helps you recharge and practice them regularly. This work is SO rewarding, and can also be draining, so ask for help when you need it. We are here to support one another. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be a holistic healer and gardener. Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? DOGS!!! Hands down! I don't personally own any pets, but my parents have 2 dogs, Wicket and Murphy, that I love dearly. My favorite word in the English language is Rad. My favorite word in the Queer language is spectrum, because it highlights that ALL parts of identity are diverse and is inclusive of everyone's experience. What's the most inspiring part of your job? Seeing the resilience and strength of young people. They inspire me to keep working hard and to make space for vulnerability and silliness. My favourite part about being Queer is that it is acceptable for me to wear glitter regularly. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be to make people laugh and feel open-hearted. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a ballerina figure skater when I grew up. If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why? I'd be an apple. I could be eaten with peanut butter or cheese, baked into a pie, turned into cider, or sprinkled into a salad. Enough said! #versatile #anappleaday 

 

 

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Jack Saddleback - Cultural & Projects Coordinator 
Pronouns: He/Him
Email: twospirit@outsaskatoon.ca

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a lumberjack because my love for the outdoors and all things plaid are indescribable. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would buy my fur baby, Lupin, the biggest cat tree ever and take my husband on a series of vacations. The best piece of advice I've ever been given is everything happens; the good, the bad, the triumphant, and the challenging. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve poutine, as it is one of the most versatile foods out there! What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Be open, be kind, and know that weird shenanigans happen on the daily either by staff or folks who come to the centre! If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be in a position where I could continue to make positive change for all communities! Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? Definitely a dog person but I fell in love with my current fur baby, Lupin; so you can say, "once you go cat, you cat go back" My favorite word in the English language is "Jazzy" My favorite word in the Queer language is "Resilient." What's the most inspiring part of your job? The most inspiring parts of my job are being able to create spaces alongside communities members that revitalize Two Spirit teachings; whether this is putting on weekly programming, cultural events, gatherings, or Two Spirit culture camps! My favourite part about being Queer is seeing the resiliency in the community (and the discount we get at various stores when receiving your official Queer card). If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to take carbon monoxide out of the air, because climate change, am I right? When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a professional tipi raiser when I grew up; as I watched my dad do various competitions putting up massive tipis! If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why? I would be a cucumber because I've been told I'm "cool as a cucumber" and my mom thinks I'm cool.

 

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Tiffany Strachan - Pride Home Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her
Email: pridehome@outsaskatoon.ca

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a chocolate lab. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would donate all the money to Pride Home, and you should too! The best piece of advice I've ever been given is “surviving is the strength of the individual, healing is the strength of the community.” If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve choreographed dancing. What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Be ready to have a second family, because that’s what we are. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be a professional basketball coach. Cats or dogs? Do you have pets? I’ve always grown up around cats, but lately, I’ve been feeling team dogs! Except for my cat Nixon, whom I love dearly! My favorite word in the English language is “yes, and!”. My favorite word in the Queer language is queer! What's the most inspiring part of your job? Watching resilience build within people, and watching them turn into their own fierce advocate! My favourite part about being Queer is being unapologetically myself. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be flying! Imagine all the money you could save on vacations too? When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a teacher when I grew up. If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why? An avocado, because I’ve come to love that I’m full of healthy fat. 

 

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Ben Lindsay - Youth & Sexual Health Coordinator
Pronouns: They/Them
Email: youth@outsaskatoon.ca

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would build a house in the woods and live off the grid. If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve eating pizza at home. If I could have any position in the world, I'd probably be a professional traveler. Cats or dogs? Both! Do you have pets? 2 cats, Olive Oil, and Fig Newton. My favorite word in the English language is Ineffable: something that is too great for words. My favorite word in the Queer language is Butch Queen + Hard Femme. What's the most inspiring part of your job? Having an opportunity to learn and grow from and alongside so many fabulous people. My favourite part about being Queer is having a fantastic and supportive chosen family. If I were a superhero, my superpower would be eradicating all kinds of oppression. When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a lumberjack when I grew up. If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why? I would be a tomato because everyone thinks I'm a vegetable but I'm actually just a big fruit.

 

 

 

 



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