The Capital Pride Youth Committee (CPYC) provides insight, advice and guidance to the Board of Directors, as well as the Operations Committee to ensure Capital Pride is best serving 2SLGBTQ+ youth in the community. This includes the development and implementation of policies and bylaws, event and festival planning, and community outreach.
David Thibodeau (he/him), a native East-Coaster, came to Ottawa to complete his masters degree at Carleton University. He now works in the federal public service and fills his free time as a swim coach. David’s passion lies in sports, where he advocates for creating an inclusive, and safe space for all to participate in sports and gym class. He joined the CPYC to be in a better position to learn about, and advocate for policies and programs that reflect the issues of today for LGBTQ2+ youth. Entering the second year of the CPYC, he is excited to see what can be accomplished!
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Frank Amini (he/him, they/them) is a proud queer man of Middle Eastern descent. He has previously lived in the Middle East, South East Asia, and East Africa. He has been a volunteer with Capital Pride since his first summer in Ottawa. He brings a multicultural perspective to the youth committee since he has lived in 4 countries that criminalize homosexuality. He takes pride in being able to be an advocate for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the only accepting country that he has lived in.
He was a member of the Lisgar Collegiate Institute's Rainbow club, a high school GSA located in the city centre. Frank is currently a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Ottawa. He looks forward to collaborating with queer community organizations in the Ottawa-Gatineau area to give back to the community. He is passionate about grassroots community organizations, advocacy, and inclusion of teens in conversations.
Frank started by being a youth volunteer at the 2017 summer festival. He joined the youth committee in March 2018 and was a general volunteer for the summer festival that year. He was a volunteer for the 2019 Fierté Canada Pride National Conference and Capital Pride's first WinterPride in the winter of the same year. He was on the Operations Committee as the logistics and safety lead for the summer 2019 festival. He served as the youth committee liaison representative to the Board of Directors from July to December 2019, and the hiring committee that was tasked with hiring Capital Pride's first executive director. He is currently a co-chair for the Capital Pride Youth Committee (CPYC). I am only an email away! Say hi :)
Hi! My name is Alicia and I am originally from Kelowna, British Columbia but have lived in Ottawa for the past two years.
I got involved with the CPYC anticipating that this committee will work to implement tangible policies that will tackle pervasive issues affecting LGBTQ2+ youth in Ottawa, particularly homelessness and mental health.
I currently work as a Parliamentary Assistant and in my spare time, I am the Red Dress Chair of the University of Ottawa’s Alpha Phi chapter where I lead the organization of our annual gala in support of women’s heart health.
Gillian is a francophone high school student who's mission is to create more inclusive spaces for people regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, etc. She organizes Gender & Sexual Orientation Diversity activities for students within and outside of her school community. She identifies as a queer cisgender female and uses she/her pronouns, and wishes to diversify the safe spaces she contributes to, by inviting people who identify with different branches of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to join in and feel proud.
Board Youth Liaison
Gillian Fenwick is a Public Administration and Women’s Studies student at the University of Ottawa. She is a proudly queer woman who has lived in Ottawa her entire life and is excited to increase her involvement in the local 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Gillian is passionate about intersectional feminism, activism-oriented pride, increasing representation for young women-loving women, and making pride more accessible for youth with mental illnesses and disabilities.
In her high school years, Gillian helped re-found her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and was its co-chair for two years. Gillian currently works as a federal public servant, and sits on the Executive Board of her sorority Kappa Beta Gamma as Secretary.
Kaitlyn Chen (she/her) is here, queer, and proud of it. Born and bred in Ottawa, Kaitlyn is a high school student who aspires to be a lawyer. 2SLGBTQ+ expression in fashion and equal opportunity in sectors such as fitness and the workplace are issues close to her heart. She is also passionate about the promotion of mental health, stress management, and body positivity due to the prevalent disregard of their importance and the consequences thereof.
Kaitlyn joined the CPYC to educate both herself and her community about the obstacles that queer youth face in their day-to-day life. She hopes to reach solutions through her work and take proactive steps to achieve these goals.