OUTSaskatoon's Board of Directors - 2020/2021
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.
MELODY WOOD, CHAIR
Melody Wood is nēhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a member of waskicosihk (Little Pine First Nation). She is the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Researcher at the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre. Melody spent a short time with her biological family in the Saskatoon area before growing up with her adopted family in the Regina area. She calls Saskatoon home with nieces and nephews who are her children. Being passionate about First Nations language and culture, Melody spends most of her free time with her children and the arts, but also learning from Elders and knowledge keepers and the land. Being a two-spirit woman is a blessing and she continues to work to support and advance the lives of queer people everywhere. You can find her out on the land or cooking and dancing simultaneously.
ADAM STACEY, VICE-CHAIR
Adam Stacey (B.A. Hons., Psy.D., R.D. Psych) is new to OUTSaskatoon’s Board of Directors as well as Saskatchewan. He spent his childhood in small-town Nova Scotia and lived all around Atlantic Canada while he was a student. Adam, his partner and their dog moved to Saskatoon in 2017. He works as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Saskatchewan Psychology Clinic. Adam and his Ph.D. students have been providing group therapy at OUTSaskatoon since 2018. Now in the second half of his first term on the board, he is excited to be serving as Vice-Chair. He loves spending time on the water — swimming, paddling and sailing.
SANJAY STHANKIYA, TREASURER
Sanjay Sthankiya has always been fascinated by how technology can make profound impacts on the lives of people and their communities. Volunteering at a wide range of organizations in Saskatoon has helped him give back to the city that he loves. He looks forward to continuing his advocacy for equality, inclusivity and diversity by joining OUTSaskatoon’s Board of Directors. Sanjay works at Vendasta, a fast-growing technology company in 'Silicon Prairie' where he leads the organization's learning and development strategies, seeing first-hand the effect that education and training has on empowering employees and local businesses. In his spare time, he loves to immerse himself in anything creative, or simply playing a tug-of-war session with his corgi, Tugboat.
JENNIFER ADDLEY, SECRETARY
Jennifer Addley was born and raised in Saskatoon and has strong connections to the local community. She has been involved in Gender and Sexual Minority education and advocacy since high school at Aden Bowman Collegiate. She graduated in December 2011 with a Bachelor's of Social Work for the University of Regina (Saskatoon Campus). Since then, Jennifer has been working as a case manager for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Jennifer has been a member of the OUTSaskatoon Board of Directors since 2015 and took on the additional role of Board Secretary fall 2020. Jennifer is married with two young children, whom she strives to raise to be accepting of diversity, aware of their privilege and curious about the world.
Natalya Mason is a sexual health educator and social worker who was born and raised on Treaty Six Territory in Saskatoon. She holds a BA in Psychology from the U of S, and a BSW from the U of R. She is currently completing an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the U of S, where her graduate work focuses on social and emotional barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. Natalya is a big believer in community, and as such is proud to be a member of the Girl Guides of Canada, Black Physicians of Canada, and the Saskatoon Caribbean Canadian Cultural Association. She is a feminist living in contradiction, who enjoys cooking, getting into heated debates, and playing on a mediocre co-ed soccer team in her spare time.
Martha Smith has served on OUTSaskatoon's Board of Directors for four years, fulfilling the role of Secretary and 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.
Curtis Clavelle (JD, B. Comm.) is a lawyer practicing in Saskatoon. He grew up in Viscount, Saskatchewan, and thoroughly enjoyed growing up in rural Saskatchewan. Moving to Saskatoon for post-secondary education, Curtis completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree prior to law school. In law school, he was the president of USask OUTLaws, through which he worked to make the college a welcoming place for all and introduced the student body to the queer community. Curtis also volunteered with CLASSIC, providing low-income residents with free legal information. He is passionate about making Saskatoon and surrounding communities more welcoming and inclusive to all people, and is dedicated to continuing this work through OUTSaskatoon. In his spare time, Curtis enjoys travelling, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Jody Lerat (she/her) is a two-spirit nēhiyaw (Plains Cree) from Cowessess First Nation and Poundmaker Cree Nation but resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She graduated from the Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and has been working for Saskatoon Public Schools in various positions since, from Field Experience Facilitator for ITEP’s wāhkōhtowin PD School, Indigenous Student Advocate, to now teaching Visual Art full-time at Mount Royal Collegiate. Jody is a multimedia artist who has taken on various projects for organizations in Saskatoon, she runs her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and created an art program called Future Artistic Minds. As an educator and artist, her work centers around identity and intersectionality. Jody identifies as a cisgender Indigequeer, who above all loves being a mother to her son, Silas Raven.
AUTUMN LAROSE SMITH
Autumn LaRose Smith is a proud queer, Métis student who attends Saskatchewan Urban Teachers Education Program (SUNTEP) Saskatoon and works as an Emergency Receiving Home Worker with C.U.M.F.I. and is dedicated to providing trauma-informed care and education. She is an active volunteer in her community and is the USSU President and sits on the Board for Ness Creek Cultural and Recreational Society (NCCRS). Autumn was recently awarded the Young Women Leaders Award age 18-29, recognizing emerging Metis leaders who are inspirational role models in their careers, achievements or community building. She is also a National Ambassador of Hope with We Matter. When Autumn is not in school, working, or volunteering she enjoys woodworking, making bolo ties, and playing board games with her family.