"Pride is a declaration of who we are as a community with a strong history of advocacy for human rights and diversity. I'm looking forward to working with the LGBTTIQQ2SA communities and Pride Toronto's Board, members and partners to continue building this organization and its vibrant celebration of equality and the diversity of our community," said Beaulieu.
Since 2003, Kevin has served as a Toronto City Council Executive Assistant, most recently to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, whose ward includes the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood, which hosts the majority of Pride Toronto's events. This position allowed him to work with local community organizations, business associations, labour groups and media on a broad range of community issues.
Prior to his time at City Hall, Kevin served as the Coordinator for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transpeople at the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT), overseeing the well-known Homohop and other student community events and campaigns. He was also involved in grassroots advocacy campaigns such as the Party People Project/iDance Rally and June 13 Committee.
Director of Development
Ben Freeman has been working on special events for more than a decade, specializing in community based festivals and concerts around Ontario. Some of the most notable are the Mix 99.9 Birthday Beachfest, 95.3 Country Canada Day Jam, The Y108 Rockfest and the Beaches International Jazz Festival, to name but a few. Ben has worked in all aspects of events, including sponsorship, marketing, advertising and logistics and has been successful on all fronts. Ben holds an Honors BA degree in Criminology with a concentration in Law and a minor in Psychology. He has also attained the professional designation of "Certified Meeting Planner", which has international recognition.
Director of Operations
Jaime has years of experience in the arts and social-profit sectors. Her previous roles include Production Manager for the Dunedin Fringe Festival (NZ), Regional Coordinator for the South Island Dance Network, Organizer for Moving Planet Day Dunedin, and Project Coordinator for Dancing Like the Stars, a program developed for at-risk youth. She was a founding member and choreographer for the Aha Dance Collective, which examines the spectrum of gender performance and expression through contemporary dance. She holds a BA in English from University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Volunteer Program Manager
Kiona has a wide-range of experience that covers the not-for-profit, for profit and public sectors. Her previous roles have included working as the Retail Market Analyst for the Ontario Financing Authority, Office Manager & Volunteer Program Coordinator with the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, Administrative Coordinator with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and Manager for Mendocino Clothing Company. Kiona holds an Honours Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from York University.
Arts & Culture Manager
Equipped with an extensive knowledge of arts and music, and a two decade-plus award-winning career as a well-respected international DJ/Producer and events producer in addition to a solid background in arts administration, TK has been applying his broad range of artistic sensibilities to his role of Arts & Culture Program Manager of Pride Toronto since late 2010. As one of the largest events of its type in the world, TK has his work cut out for him as leads the programming team in curating the annual festival. TK's happy to offer fresh perspectives on how artists, be they part of the queer spectrum or allies, can work within the community of Pride festivals and maintain a healthy relationship with broader presenting communities. TK also works in Artistic Operations for Nuit Blanche, consults annually for several other festivals and books artists for numerous one-off events throughout each year. A community arts advocate, he firmly believes that the key to understanding ourselves and one another is through storytelling, whatever artful shapes those stories may take.
Chrystal hails from Sydney, Australia, but if asked, would call Tasmania home. She has spent the last three years living and working abroad in both London, UK and Toronto. She joined the Pride Toronto team in February 2013.
Chrystal brings with her over seven years experience in event production, marketing and coordination within the arts and cultural sector. Perhaps her proudest achievement to date, is her two years as Vice President of TasPride, a not-for-profit organization focused on celebrating, promoting and uniting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community in Tasmania, Australia. During her tenure, she saw the organization through a transition from small community organization to presenter of major events on the national LGBTIQ calendar, including a two-week arts and cultural festival.
She also spent five years working for the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts in Australia running signature recognition events and conferences for the sport and recreation, and screen (film, television and digital media) industries.
Chrystal has a BA in Communication Studies, with majors in Public Relations and Media Production. She also has a massive crush on Toronto, and can’t wait to see it as the backdrop for the world’s biggest international LGBTTIQQ2SA* event in 2014.
*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an acronym used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies