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Grant is a lifelong resident of Toronto, calling the Junction Triangle home.
His current priorities for Pride Toronto include strategic planning, community and member engagement, and exploring new ways to deliver first response for mental health and addictions emergencies at the Pride Festival.
Professionally, Grant works in government and stakeholder relations, currently as a senior advisor at an Ontario Government agency, and was previously a public affairs consultant.
In his community, Grant serves as a board member of the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre. He previously served as a provincial political party executive, student union leader, and member of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council.
Grant participates in several LGBT2Q+ athletic leagues, including Downtown Dodgeball, Gay Ball Society, and the Toronto Gay Football League. He is dad to Miko, a Samoyed troublemaker.
Ande has been on Pride’s Board of Directors since January 2019 and served as Treasurer since March of 2019. As part of his duties as Treasurer, Ande has worked to reduce Pride’s deficit, cut unnecessary costs, and allocate more funding for performers and community groups. Before serving on the Board, Ande was Lead Organizer of the Pride Parade for three years.
Outside of Pride, Ande works as a Communications Manager for a bank and previously worked as a Financial Analyst. He can often be seen running along the Toronto waterfront late at night.
Ande’s goals for Pride are to ensure that it remains financially sustainable and operationally effective as the organization serves its communities and stands as a voice for marginalized and oppressed peoples.
Samantha Fraser is a proud Bi+ femme community builder and Realtor, living in Toronto’s Junction Triangle. With 20 years experience working in interactive digital media, membership organizations, and non-profit event planning, her goal at Pride is to work hard to hopefully leave the organization better than she found it. Samantha is the founder and executive producer of Playground, an intersectional sexuality, gender, and wellness focused Toronto conference, founded in 2011 and attracting attendees from across the globe.
Born in England, she loves traveling, antiquing, watching horror movies and Star Trek, and deals with invisible disabilities daily. She lives with her two partners and multiple rescue cats.
When not helping clients fight against crooked landlords, decorating a house for sale, or working on her second book, you can find her dreaming of future projects on the Internet at 2 am when she probably should be sleeping.
Yuri got their introduction to Pride Toronto in 2018, when they were offered a Volunteer Team Lead Position for the Pride Parade. They began their life in Cuba and immigrated to Canada in their teens. Yuri identifies as Non Binary and is incredibly committed to advocating for any/all marginalized communities. With a background in Community & Corporate Engagement and a diploma in Family and Community Services; What stands out about Yuri, is their process driven nature and ability to lead and engage corporate and community groups.Their spare time is mostly spent outdoors, lots of dog time and anything that involves smashing the patriarchy. Yuri’s goal during their time on the board is to increase the diversity within Pride Toronto by bringing communities together through their lived experience as well as their professional background.
Jad Jaber is a Queer Arab Immigrant: Jad has implemented a series of workshops through the 519, ASAAP, and Glad Day Toronto for marginalized immigrants focused on “Sensationalizing Queerness” and “Queer Immigrant Re-Generation”. Jad is the Founder of “Marginalized Majority”, a Non-Profit LGBTQIA2S+ community-led organization that focuses on social research for Marginalized queer people, and creating culturally-nuanced workshops and trainings on equity, diversity and inclusion. Jad is a Post doctorate researcher on Feminist Economics and has Ph. D. in Gender dynamics and queer behavior. Jad’s goals for Pride is to ensure the staffing, selection and equal treatment of BIPOC, Indigenous and Marginalized LGBTQIA2S+ folks on Pride’s Staff, Board, Member and volunteer collectives, and any other relevant stakeholders Pride works with.
Maher (ماهر) immigrated to Tkaronto in 2014 and has acquired a double major in Peace, Conflict & Justice studies & Theatre with a minor in Psychology. Through his research, he centered decolonization & anti-oppression. He has since focused on his artistic journey, collaborating with organizations such as Buddies in Bad Times & Theatre Passe Muraille as an Outreach Coordinator. He has served on the Collegium board for St Michael’s College as one of the first out queer & Arab members. He has also been a volunteer and participant in the AIDS Committee of Toronto/ACT’s services since 2018 serving as a Peer Outreach Representative for sexual health and harm reduction. In 2016, he served as a Peace Educator in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. Currently, he is working on developing the Voices of Diversity poetry collective.
Maher’s priorities are to ensure sustainable equity and inclusion within Pride Toronto through more inclusive outreach, policies, language, & accountability procedures. Maher believes Pride Toronto as an organization needs to revisit its roots of being an advocate for those marginalized among us and provide safer and more intimate spaces for networking and healing.
David is a Qualified Mediator (Q. Med.), Negotiator, Facilitator, and Human Rights activist. He is the Founder & CEO of Lewis Dispute Resolution, a boutique dispute resolution firm providing conflict resolution and training. He is also a practicing Labour Relations Consultant for one of Canada’s largest trade unions where he manages membership servicing, grievances, and contract negotiations.
David is passionate about social justice and human rights issues and enjoys volunteering within the community. In addition to being on the Board at Pride Toronto, he is also a volunteer Community Mediator with St. Stephen’s Community House (Conflict and Training), and sits on the Membership Committee of the ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO).
David hopes to leverage his experience, education, and passion for service to other, to help advance the Mission, Vision and Values of Pride Toronto.
Sheldon Dixon p.k.a D!XON is a Queer multi-racial gender non-conforming recording artist. D!XON has many years of experience in arts, and entertainment as a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, video producer, and show producer. D!XON was also born and raised in Toronto and has been invested in the Church and Wellesley community for 10+ years.
D!XON has over 10 years of experience in community recreation programming and community development. In 2019 D!XON created the first Drag Masterclass in North America through his position with the City of Toronto which provided free professional training to the LGBTQ2S+ youth with mentors such as Sofonda, Priyanka, and Hollywood Jade. This masterclass provided job opportunities to marginalized professionals from our very own Church and Wellesley area and it also created job opportunities for the participants in the Masterclass. D!XON also sits on the Comforting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Committee with the City of Toronto and has provided countless training centred around CABR and LGBTQ2S+ rights.
D!XON’s mission with pride is to amplify the voices of our local queer recording artists, implement equitable programming with artists in all artistic disciplines, and also be a voice for the Black and Afro/Indo Caribbean community. D!XON hopes to bring positive changes to Pride Toronto through his experience in the arts, entertainment, community recreation programming, and community development.
Christin Scarlett Milloy is a Queer Transgender woman, former Pride Toronto Trans Pride Team-Lead, long-time community activist and occasional professional journalist with over twenty combined years of Board and Committee experience. Elected to Pride Toronto’s Board in April 2019 (and Co-Chair, July 2020), she believes that Pride is a protest first and a party second, and that none are free until we all are free. Christin identifies as a Democratic Socialist and has voted NDP in every provincial and federal election since 2011.
In 2017 Christin achieved a significant human rights settlement against the Government of Canada, eliminating requirements for Trans people to provide medical documentation to support change-of-gender on federal documents, and in which Canada agreed to change federal data-collection policies related to sex and gender to make them optional where not justifiably required, and to create additional inclusive options for Trans and Non-Binary people.
Professionally, Christin leads a team of Front-End Software Engineers at a successful Toronto-based Platform Technology start-up.
As a voice on the Board, she consistently supports disclosure of information to Membership, improvements to Accessibility, instituting anti-oppression and anti-racism training programs, and measures to limit Board-executive powers. Christin is opposed to organized Police participation in Pride. She supported expanding the Board through interim appointments to include more diverse voices, and eliminate the white-majority. Christin’s remaining goals for her Board term at Pride Toronto are to leave the organization in better shape than she found it; To contribute to repairing and rebuilding to address Pride’s difficult history of Transphobia, Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism; To contribute in setting forth policies, procedures and proposing By-Law amendments (as necessary) to secure and maintain stability and equitability for the organization, and to promote true (non-performative) accountability for Pride Toronto to its diverse 2SLGBTQA+ membership.