Meet the Team
Introducing the 2020-2021 Pride PEI Board of Directors!
Chair + Director
John is the Chair of Pride PEI and coordinates Pride’s fundraising, sponsorship, and strategic partnerships. He joined Pride in 2019 for the excitement of Pride’s 25th anniversary year, and continued as Chair to help the organization develop a long-term strategy for growth into the future. Beyond his work at Pride PEI, John is a serial entrepreneur experienced in operations management, corporate and non-profit governance, interactive and linear (film/tv/video) production and postproduction, and IT infrastructure. He is also an active participant on (too many) Boards, both fiduciary and advisory, from community to corporate to investment, on PEI, across Atlantic Canada, and around the world. When he’s not bandaging the papercuts he incurs shuffling all that paper, John spends his downtime skiing, sailing, playing squash, and at the cinema.
Vice Chair + Interim Secretary
Andrea is the Secretary for Pride PEI and Director of Advocacy, having joined the Board of Directors for the 25th anniversary of the Pride PEI Festival in 2019 and has continued on to help build a sustainable plan for future growth and support of PEI’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. She also sits on Health PEI’s Transgender Health Steering Committee, helping to develop and guide healthcare policies for PEI’s trans and gender non-conforming communities. Outside of Pride, she’s a co-parent of two amazing kids, a board gaming geek, a trivia nerd, and a staunch defender of the Oxford comma. She also knows you checked if she used the Oxford comma in the previous sentence.
Treasurer + Director
Tyler is a co-founder of Pride PEI, and returned to the Board of Directors for the 2019 “Pride 25” Festival as Treasurer. He believes strongly in public service and the impact young people can have on the world. Tyler has been a member of the PEI Government’s Youth Futures Council, Fusion Charlottetown, and he even ran for a seat on Charlottetown’s City Council in 2014. When he’s not working (which is almost never!), Tyler can be found watching the news or the latest political documentary. He’s a little nerdy, but we love him for it!
Director of Community Engagement
Janet is a Summerside resident and is responsible for Pride’s community engagement with members outside of the Charlottetown area. She has been a member of the Pride PEI board since 2014, taking a year off in 2018 to re-join the Board for our 2020 Festival Year. Janet works with queer, at risk, and special needs students at Three Oaks Senior High School where she organized the first GSA conferences on PEI. Identifying as a queer ‘Gray Gay”, she hopes to engage this group more in the future. Never one to be idle, when not working on Pride PEI business Janet can be found singing in Coro Dolce or the IRF Chorus, coaching SOPEI track, soccer, and snowshoe athletes, cooking, gardening, or playing hockey.
Director of Marketing
Ashe is a graphic designer for a variety of businesses, from breweries, festivals, and farms to insurance agencies, fishers, and restaurants. She’s happy to be flexing her design muscles and aiding in the creation of all things visual at Pride PEI.
In addition to sitting on the board of Pride PEI, Ashe is a 2-time founder, President of Empower PEI, Branding & Marketing Specialist for Startup Zone, and an active community volunteer serving the Graphic Design Group of Charlottetown (GDGC) as well.
When overwhelmed, Ashe relies on the healing power of MMMBop to save the day. In addition to 90s jams, Ashe adores her partner, their pets, saving the best for last, feel-good movies, talking shop, and watching the Perseid Meteor Showers on her birthday.
Dave is a writer with a background in PR and marketing. He has written for and appeared with Toronto’s Queer Songbook Orchestra, and has created “Before Grindr: The Secret Social History of Gay & Lesbian PEI” (presented by Pride PEI and PEERS Alliance), a six-part online interview series that finally begins to add our voices to the Island’s official record. In March of 2020, he published his first collection of short horror stories, entitled “Monster Man: Tales of the Uncanny by Dave Stewart”, so yeah, he’s a horror fiend.
Having grown up in Charlottetown during the days when to be gay was to live in fear, he is proud to live openly with his husband, also Dave (Morrow), and of the fact that they have garnered the nickname The Daves.
Hal is a communications and marketing strategist with a background in multimedia journalism. They have more than five years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors assisting with media strategy, campaign activations, sustainability initiatives and employee engagement. By day, they develop research-based purpose strategies to help organizations achieve their growth objectives while serving the needs of their stakeholders. By night, they kickbox (occasionally and badly), enjoy the great outdoors, and brew (surprisingly okay) beer. Hal holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, where they helped overlooked voices tell their stories across more than 10 publications. They recently moved from Nova Scotia to PEI with their beautiful partner, their very shy rescue pup, Mango, and their devious cat, Donna Delicious.
Rachel Adams joins the Pride PEI board with a goal to increase storytelling and community engagement between the organization and the greater queer community in PEI. Identifying as a bisexual woman herself, Rachel joins the board to uplift voices different than her own, learn and challenge the problems being faced locally by the community, and of course, to help make the 2021 festival the best yet! Outside of her time with PPEI, Rachel works full-time at the CBDC in Central PEI as their Project & Communications Officer. Having held previous communications and leadership roles with organizations such as Startup Zone, TEDx, Jack.org, and more, she is passionate about innovation, nonprofits, small businesses, and all-things-marketing. Rachel is also the founder of her own design and marketing firm – The RAD (Rachel Adams Design) Company. She is looking forward to the year ahead, and all the amazing projects she will work on within the organization between re-watching episodes of Queer Eye/Drag Race, endless craft nights, and adventures with her dog Sheamus and partner Elie.