Board of Directors

Co-Chair Alan Jernigan

Alan joined the Vancouver Pride Society in 2012 and has since served on the Finance Committee, as volunteer Finance Coordinator for the 2014 Pride Season, a treasurer, and now as the President. Prior to moving to Vancouver in 2012, Alan was a volunteer for Pride Toronto and has volunteered for several other cultural, sports, environmental, and political organizations over the years. In professional life, Alan is a financial consultant specializing in administration, fundraising, and strategic planning for various software development startups.

When Alan's not on-site at the Pride Festival or in a client workshop, you can find him diving a shipwreck, at the archery range, learning to play the banjo, or looking enviously at the kiteboarders off Jericho Beach.

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Co-Chair - Charmaine de Silva

Charmaine is excited to serve as Co-Chair of the Vancouver Pride Society's Board of Directors. Raised in Vancouver, she has always been passionate about highlighting the city's diversity and promoting human rights. Charmaine is best known for her work as an award-winning broadcast journalist. Although she covers every "beat" from politics to crime, she particularly loves sharing stories that educate the mainstream about issues impacting the LGBTQ2+ community.

When she's not breaking news or volunteering with Pride, Charmaine loves spending time with family and friends. She can can be found strolling the West End with her partner and baby daughter, cheering her son on at one of his gymnastics competitions, or embarking on a great Vancouver culinary adventure.

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Treasurer - Darius Burbidge

Darius Maze is a Development & Marketing Manager at The Bloom Group, where he is responsible for fundraising, marketing, events, and communications. An advocate of social justice, equality, and inclusion; he serves as Co-Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) Diversity & Inclusion committee and dedicates much of his time to supporting local causes and events that foster these values.

Originally from Ontario, Vancouver Pride was Darius' first volunteer experience after moving to BC in 2012 and the community that participates in it quickly became a second family for him. After serving as a volunteer Captain for four years, and participating in the Parade working group for three, he now manages the organization's finances as Pride's Treasurer. In addition to Pride, Darius has served on the boards of Western Society for Children and the BC Council for International Cooperation, and regularly volunteers for AFP, PeaceGeeks, and the Fringe Festival.

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Secretary - John Whistler

John joined the Board in 2016 and is excited to take on the Secretary role. He will also lead the Governance Committee which is reviewing business management strategies and processes.

Passions he brings to the Board include building sustainable urban environments, social equity, social justice, and grass-roots community engagement.

John is a third generation Vancouverite, graduated in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and is now retired. He is also a director of PEDAL which operates Our Community Bikes, is the Treasurer of Green Party of Vancouver and the Vancouver Centre Green Party Electoral District Association. John's favorite activity is to explore the world by bicycle.

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Director - Michelle Fortin

Michelle is passionate about all areas of her life - whether it's travelling with a backpack, making pancakes with her nieces on Saturday mornings or walking her dog with friends. Michelle is very pleased to be part of the LGBTTQ Advisory committee with the City of Vancouver. As the current president of the Vancouver Dyke March and Festival Society, she remains curious about finding ways to engage with the community more effectively and is eager to learn more about how young queer women want to be included. Michelle's day job is as Executive Director of Watari Counselling & Support Services, which allows her to express her commitment to the idea of possibilities for individuals and communities, believing in solution focused approaches at work.

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Director - Azza Rojbi

Born and raised in Tunisia, Azza moved to Vancouver in 2010. Since then she has been working to bridge the gap between the immigrant and refugee community and the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver. She was a project coordinator of Routes to Roots, a youth-led project for LGBTQ2+ newcomers of colour, running out of QMUNITY.

Azza is committed to social justice activism, human rights and the struggle for LGBTQ2+ rights across the world. She is excited to be serving on the Vancouver Pride Society Board of Directors and looks forward to a brighter future for LGBTQ2+ communities around the world!

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Director - Nicola Spurling

With experience in project management, construction, sales, economics, research and marketing, Nicola brings a unique variety of skills to the table. Nicola chairs the Outreach Committee, which travels throughout Western North America, providing information about the Vancouver Pride Society and local resources, collecting signatures for the Trans Equality Now Campaign, supporting other pride events and fielding LGBTQ2+ related questions. She is passionate about inclusivity and human rights, and will be working tirelessly to continue The Vancouver Pride Society's efforts of bringing all members of our community together, in a safe and respectful way. With great strides being made every year, she looks forward to the future and the positive change that it seems certain to bring with it.

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