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.
Gillian is a proud nonbinary femme lesbian who has lived in Ottawa their entire life. They are in their last semester at the University of Ottawa studying Public Administration and Feminist & Gender Studies. She is always looking to increase her involvement in the local 2SLGBTQ+ community and beyond.
Gillian’s passions lie especially in: intersectional feminism, body acceptance, sapphic (women/nonbinary-loving-women) representation, and making pride more accessible for youth with disabilities and mental illnesses.
In their high school years, Gillian helped re-found their school’s GSA, and was its co-chair for two years. Throughout university, she has been a strong advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ members in her sorority Kappa Beta Gamma. Gillian currently works as a federal public servant, and in their free time they love reading and reviewing sapphic books on Instagram: @gillesbianreads.
Cameron Jette is a proud disabled butch lesbian, born and raised on unceeded Algonquin territory in Orleans. As a Carleton University Alumni, who is currently studying at Algonquin College in Child and Youth Care he focuses on the intersections of 2SLGBTQ+ youth and other marginalizations, including BIPOC, and disabled youth. They have previously been involved with Capital Pride as the Volunteer and Youth Events Coordinator during the 2019 Summer Festival and 2020 WinterPride and are excited to start this new journey withthe Capital Pride Youth Committee.
Board Youth Liaison
Isabelle Mills (she / her, they / them) is a high school student attending Lisgar Collegiate Institute. They have worked closely with the clubs, Me to We, Leaf, and Rainbow Alliance at their school, which has helped them associate with a variety of causes and different techniques to achieve a collective goal.
Isabelle has always had a strong passion for helping people and fighting for equal rights no matter: race, gender, sexuality, religion, social class, etc.
Their goal with joining the Youth Committee is to help create spaces for all to feel welcomed and included, no matter one’s differences. They also hope to use their experience of being part of the committee to enhance Ottawa’s high school students. By having accessibility to knowledge, and understanding of the 2SLGBTQ+ community for all.
Emma Grenier (they/them) is young queer proud individual. Growing up in Orleans they’ve always tried to attend as many 2SLGBTQ+ events as possible in the Ottawa region. As a person with autism they are excited to contribute their own experience in the planning of future pride events. Emma hopes to meet many different members of the community with different identities and life experiences to learn from them, and to be more intersectional in their activism.
While still in high school, Emma is passionate about law, activism, and politics, and hopes to continue those passions post secondary education.
My name is Mj Lezada, I use both he/him and they/them pronouns, and I'm unapologetically queer! I was born and raised here in Ottawa, and come from a Filipino family. I'm known for my fashion, namely overdressing to any event and being as androgynous as possible. I love to break cisheteronormative ideals. My favourite topics to talk about and research are queer rights, mental health, sexism, ableism, and racism.
I have a serious passion for sociology, queer theory, and activism. I do my best to serve as a beacon of support and acceptance to everyone and anyone around me, and I joined the CPYC so I could expand even further than my peers.
I've volunteered for Capital Pride every year since 2018. I am the president and founder of my high school's 2SLGBTQ+ club, and I have organized my own charity event raising money for local queer youth support organizations. Online, I do my best to reach out to queer youth and give them the help they need.
I make my own music and videos, under the alias Adazel, where my main goal is to make content that breaks all conventions with gender-neutral love songs and queer-friendly entertainment.
Hello! My name is Lea I’m a young queer girl born in Ottawa from a Mauritian household. I will be beginning my freshman year in September 2021. I’ve always been the loud girl in the back blabbering about equality, and while my views have changed & evolved since then, my heart has always been devoted to learning about the world and how we can improve it and mold it with the knowledge and history we have now for the next generation. When I’m not reading content on the female gaze, I’m probably scrapbooking, watering plants, or playing Mario Kart!
Teia Maracle or "Tay", is a high school graduate who has a passion for civil rights, sexual health and education. They are apart of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and identify as two-spirited. They are proud to say they are a femme non-binary lesbian!
They joined CPYC in hopes of broadening their knowledge on different topics in their 2SLGBTQ+ community. They hope to be able to not only educate themselves but others around them. Their goal is to become more active and present in their 2SLGBTQ+ community. They will be attending Carleton’s Indigenous Enriched Support Program in the fall to eventually pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender studies. Teia currently works in the service industry as bartender and manager. In their spare time you can catch them at their local art museum or nose-deep in their favourite book.
Hello! My name is Anika (she/they) and I'm a high school student at Colonel by Secondary School. I love being outside, if I'm not studying you can probably find me camping or on a run-in nature! I'm a junior executive at my school's Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) where I've worked closely with the Feminism Club and Black Excellence Club to bring intersectionality to 2SGBTQ+ representation. I love to bake, dance, act, draw and do anything in nature and I can’t wait to be a part of the CPYC!
Eliza Aguhar (she/her) is queer Filipino whos passionate about science, writing, music, and creating POC/BIPOC representation within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She is currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, but she loves to explore creative passions on the side.Eliza’s life goal is to provide equitable resources, information, and support to those of oppressed and marginalized communities (whether that be race, class, sexuality, etc.), which is why she joined CPYC.In her free time, Eliza loves writing about science and social commentary, musical theatre, and making music/music content!
Hi! My name is Ava, I’m a high school student here in Ottawa. I hold a lot of passion for learning about, and destigmatizing discussions of menstrual, sexual and mental health, particularly when it comes to queer sex ed. Subjects such as 2SLGBTQIA+ relationships and the effects growing up queer and surrounded by heternormative culture can have on your mental health ones that are so often overlooked in health curriculums. I equally love studying history, languages and politics and do my best to express messages of acceptance and the beauty of diversity through my writing.
Hi!! I’m Gaby, I use she/her pronouns and I’m a high school student at Nepean. I was born and raised here in Ottawa. I’m super passionate about the environment, educating others about queer mental health and promoting the use of an intersectional lens in all settings. I love to make and observe art; I’m all about incorporating creative approaches to my activism and uplifting other queer artists. I am a person with a disability and I am excited to bring my unique perspective in order to make pride events and initiatives as accessible as possible. I’m honestly so happy that I get to contribute and make a difference in the community.