Osmel B. Maynes

Executive Director

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Osmel B. Maynes (He/Him/His) is a social justice activist, non-profit sector executive, and seasoned event planner. He was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda. Osmel identifies as an Afro-Latino cisgender queer man.

Osmel immigrated to Canada as an international student in 2003 to pursue a Political Science Degree at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Osmel has called Canada home for 10+ years.

During his time working with 2SLGBTQ+ community-based organizations in both Toronto and Vancouver, Osmel focused his work on advancing effective grassroots and province-wide social programming, enhancing the inclusion of marginalized voices, pushing for sound public policy, and overseeing effective strategic planning in the non-profit and charitable sectors.

Osmel is excited and honoured to advance the vision and mission of Capital Pride and strongly believes in the power of inclusion to affect lasting social change.

Jaden Slawter

Special Events & Donor Relations Coordinator

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Special Events & Donor Relations Coordinator

Jaden (He/Him) is a proud Black member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community from Halifax, Nova Scotia, currently studying in his third year of Communication and Media studies at Carleton University. Jaden has tons of great experience such as being Student Council President in High School, working a summer internship at The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and being a student executive at Carleton. After gaining these experiences, Jaden has learned to believe that you should work towards leaving any community that you are a part of better than how you found it! He is so excited to be a part of planning this year's Capital Pride!

Natalie Edmondson

Specialist, Volunteer & Community Engagement

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Natalie Edmondson (She/her) is currently a 3rd year Criminology and Political Science student at the University of Ottawa. She is from Windsor Ontario but has lived in Ottawa the past 3 years. She is passionate about human rights, activism, politics, and volunteering within the community. Her interest in human rights and equity is what is leading her to pursue a career in human rights law. After volunteering in different human rights and equity organizations, she is excited to lend her voice and take a proactive role in her job at Capital Pride.

Darrell Dean

Volunteer Digital Lead

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A former Board Member (2016-2018), Darrell remains an important part of the Capital Pride team to this day. Darrell is a creative and digital marketing expert with accolades in science communication, digital political campaigns, and web and graphic design, and as a volunteer, continues to bring his knowledge to the table through web development and creative direction. On top of that, you can also expect to see Darrell backstage (or on stage) at any number of Capital Pride events!