BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Morgan Manzer - Chair and Governance Lead. Morgan (he/him) joined the Halifax Pride board of directors in 2015 with a focus on policy and governance and is presently serving his third year as chair. Morgan has degrees in business administration and laws from the University of New Brunswick. He is now a legal aid lawyer who practises child protection law and family law. Morgan also serves on the board of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. He is passionate about social justice, mental health, and politics.  morgan@halifaxpride.com

Ellen Davis - Vice Chair and Communications Lead. Ellen (she/her) began volunteering at Halifax Pride in 2016 as extra social media support. She joined the board with a goal to increase strategic communications with a focus on transparency. Ellen works in marketing in real life and has a background in communications and business.  ellen@halifaxpride.com

Paul Forrest - Secretary and Event Lead. Paul (he/him) is a proud queer Dartmouthian. He has focused most of his time with the Board on the logistics and operations of the Society’s festival and events. Paul has a strong affinity for baked goods and sweatpants.  paul@halifaxpride.com

Jenna McNeil - Treasurer and Marketing Lead. Jenna (she/her) identifies as a Queer woman from Cape Breton. Jenna spent ten years in Winnipeg prior to her recent return east. During that time she put her advertising skills to use and volunteered with Pride Winnipeg as the Marketing Director. Jenna considers herself very fortunate because of the hard work and dedication of generations before her and really wants to be a part of that work going forward. In her spare time, she and her partner run a small home business creating fashionable dog accessories.  jenna@halifaxpride.com

Dylan White - Website and Design Lead. Hailing from the lustrous Amherst, Nova Scotia, Dylan (he/him) currently is a proud Haligonian who attended Saint Francis Xavier University. He spends his daytime working in the tech industry and moonlights as a Youtube queen video watching enthusiast. Dylan is passionate about fitness, you can catch him prancing through the streets or sweating at boot camp and he focuses his time with Pride on technology, and creative tasks.  dylan@halifaxpride.com

Heather Baglole - Programming Lead. Heather (she/her) is a new board member with Halifax Pride as of October 2018. Heather  has worked with Pride in the past as a Volunteer Leader and Artist Liaison. She has volunteered with Out of the Cold Shelter, YWCA Canada, and was the emerging artist for Queer Acts 2016. She is currently the Education Coordinator with The Youth Project. Heather enjoys going on adventures with her wife, great tea, and snuggling with her two cats.  heather@halifaxpride.com

Jess Smith - Education Lead. Jess (they/them) is one of Halifax Pride’s newest board members, joining in October 2018. They are currently Chair of the East Coast Rainbow Softball Association, a drag king (Pat McCox) on Halifax’s drag scene, and social media coordinator for Halifax’s largest drag queen trio, Queens of the Glamazon. Jess works as legal coordinator at DHX Media’s Corporate Office and enjoys photography and graphic design.  jess@halifaxpride.com

Patrick Maubert - Health & Wellness and Elder Lead. Patrick (he/him) is a musical theatre practitioner who is passionate about community arts programming. Maubert has worked internationally with such companies as Tokyo Disney, The International 12 Tenors, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This season, Maubert will be working as Director of Performing Arts at Northwood Halifax as well as the Teen Program Coordinator for St. George’s Youthnet. Patrick believes in creating cultural and wellness programming accessible for all.  patrick@halifaxpride.com

Dr. Dianne Charles-Peterson - Board Director. Dianne (she/her) has degrees in Crime Scene Investigating, Health Administration and Management. She possesses a Doctorate in Management. She was born on the island of Grenada, lived in the U.S, and now resides in Halifax with her wife and children. Dianne works as an Executive Assistant at Dalhousie University. She is active in gay and civil rights causes and notes these as her true passion.

STAFF

Adam Reid - Executive Director. Adam (he/him) is a proud queer east coaster and the Halifax Pride Society's first Executive Director. He has a Bachelor in Theatre Studies from Acadia University and a Diploma in Cultural Administration from HEC Montreal. As Festival Director of the Queer Acts Theatre Festival, he presented local and national queer identified performing artists. With fifteen years experience as an arts administrator, he worked with such organizations as the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, the 2011 Canada Games, and Eastern Front Theatre. With thirty-seven years experience as a homosexual, he learned the value of community and working to protect it. He is passionate about employing cultural and event celebration as a means of creating community and cohesion.  adam@halifaxpride.com

Fiona Kerr - Community Logistics Coordinator, Youth Co-Lead. Fiona (she/her) began working with Halifax Pride in 2017 as a summer student, and has continued on a volunteer basis outside of the festival season. She took up leadership of the Youth Committee in 2018, and will continue this position for the 2019 season. Outside of Pride, Fiona is a student at Saint Mary’s University studying Sociology and International Development. Her interests include dinosaurs and making bad commentary about movies for everyone in the theatre to hear.  fiona@halifaxpride.com

Bayleigh Marelj - Volunteer Coordinator.  Bayleigh (she/her) is in her first summer with Halifax Pride. Originally from British Columbia, Bayleigh is excited to spend her first summer in the Maritimes. During the school year, Bayleigh is pursuing a combined honours degree in Journalism and Law, Justice and Society from King’s. Bayleigh’s interests include reading, bees, and angry girl music. volunteer@halifaxpride.com 

Nick Herrgott - Communications Coordinator. Nick (he/him) is another newcomer to Halifax Pride 2019. Born in Ontario, he bounced between New Brunswick and Ottawa perusing his university education in English Literature and Communications. As of the Autumn Semester, he will be returning to school to study Public Relations. A novelist and essayist, Nick’s writing focus on social absurdity and popular culture through a queer lens. As he can’t own a dog, he collects stuffed animals and named the mouse who comes by his apartment ‘Sebastian’.