OUTSaskatoon's Board of Directors - 2019/2020
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.
Troy Boyenko, Chair
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.
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.
Melody Wood, Secretary
Melody Wood is a member of waskicosihk or Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Researcher with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre. She 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 again and with nieces and nephews she likens to her children. Being passionate about First Nations language and culture, she spends most of her free time with the kids and the arts, birch bark work being her favorite, 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.
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
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.
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.
Adam is new to OUTSaskatoon’s Board of Directors and 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. Adam works as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Saskatchewan Psychology Clinic. He and his Ph.D students have been providing group therapy at OutSaskatoon since 2018. Adam loves spending time on the water —swimming, paddling and sailing.
Sanjay 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 & 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.
Kevin Seesequasis is a second-term Councillor with the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation where he works to enhance the keen awareness of commUNITY. In 2009, Kevin was appointed as a Team Leader with the Government of Alberta (Human Resources) where he worked in concert with Indigenous individuals and organizations to promote effective recruiting and retention practices of Indigenous people within the Government of Alberta. While studying in Edmonton, he served as the President of the Aboriginal Students’ Association of Grant MacEwan University and is also an out-and-proud, founding member of “InQueeries”- MacEwan’s LGBTQ-S Alliance. Kevin served two years on the National Board of Directors of the Liberal Party of Canada and was the National Co-Chair of the party’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission from 2014-2016. In 2015, Kevin retired as a Captain in the Canadian Forces. He was actively involved in the Canadian Cadet Organizations where he worked to develop the leadership potential in youth. In the spring of 2016, he organized the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation Two-Spirit Pride festival – the first of it’s kind held on a First Nation in Saskatchewan!
Kevin likes watching movies, is an avid runner, and is a total nerd who likes to watch Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Stranger Things, and political dramas such as The West Wing, Designated Survivor, and Madam Secretary on TV. Kevin is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration recognizing his 13 years in the Canadian Forces, the CBC Future 40 Award, and enjoys reading about leadership and politics.
Shannon is proud and excited to serve her first year on the board at OUTSaskatoon. She is currently a branch manager at the Saskatoon Public Library. She serves on the board of the Caswell Hill Community Association as the communications coordinator.
Shannon grew up in Nova Scotia and attended Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University in Halifax. She’s lived in Saskatoon for seven years and loves being part of the vibrant queer community here. She’s in two book clubs and has three cats.
Saskatoon, you never stop surprising me with your constant support and love. The last few years has been a journey of patience and growth for me and I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way since moving to this amazing city 3 years ago. After serving as the Chair for the Saskatoon Diversity Network I have a profound passion and heart for the Queer community-especially how far we have come, where we are going, and all of the pieces in between. If I was to give one reason of why I do what I do within this community, it is that you are worth it. You deserve being asked what you need for support, you deserve a space where you are heard and feel safe to voice those things. You deserve to feel included and loved- I am honoured to be a part of the OUTSaskatoon board and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us!