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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Introducing the 2019-2020 Pride PEI Board of Directors!

John Kimmel

Chair + Director

(He/Him/His)

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.

Andy Glydon

Vice Chair + Director of Events

(They/Them/Their)

Andy Glydon is Charlottetown’s fun-loving Local Queer Dad (L.Q.D). Since moving home from Montreal in 2019, Andy has been working and volunteering within the Island’s non-profit sector. Andy currently sits as Vice-Chair and Director of Events for Pride PEI’s 2019-2020 year, where they’re passionate about PEI’s local arts & music scene, and they strive to showcase engaging entertainment from diverse and talented local performers. With Andy on the Pride PEI team, Pride has thrown some of the largest parties catering to the Island’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. In the past, they’ve worked with the Native Council of PEI, the PEI Council for People with Disabilities, they’ve volunteered with PEERS Alliance, and they have a long history of involvement with Pride PEI. Andy’s love for community building and celebration comes only second to their love for their 9 year old high-femme-feline, Simone.

Andrea MacPherson

Secretary + Director of Advocacy

(She/Her/Hers)

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.
Tyler-Murnaghan

Tyler Murnaghan

Treasurer + Director

(He/Him/His)

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!

Janet Bradshaw

Director of Community Engagement

(She/Her/Hers)

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.

Shannon Snow

Director of Education

(She/They)

Shannon Snow is a non-binary femme who grew up in Charlottetown, lived in Toronto for the last 12 years, and now is delighted to be back home on PEI. She made the decision to return home with an aim to engage in community building and anti-oppression work in a place that she loves dearly. Shannon’s background is in education; she holds a BA and a BEd from UPEI and a MEd from York University. She is currently ABD in her PhD in Education from York University, where she studied how teenagers talk about having LGBTQ parents. Some of her work this year has involved shaping (and revising, and revising) plans for festival volunteers, connecting Pride with other community organizing on the island, supporting collective grant-writing efforts, and now developing a workshop for practicing pronouns. Shannon is passionate about increasing feline elder representation at Pride meetings, ensuring that her 20 year old cat Henry makes thoroughly disruptive appearances during all Zoom board and festival planning meetings and virtual town halls. She wants you to know, more than anything, that your queerness belongs here in our community.

Kate Normand

Director of Marketing

(She/Her/Hers)

Kate Normand is on a personal mission to stop the world from scrolling. As Director of Marketing for Pride PEI, she is guiding the organisation’s marketing in an engaging, informative, innovative, and creative direction. Her 6+ year journey working as a freelance digital marketer and creative has led her to believe it’s not enough to tell a story through marketing; The story needs to be told in a way that stops folks from scrolling past a social media post, sending an email to junk or glazing over printed material. As a busy stay-at-home mom of two very active kids under 6, she knows the importance and value of time. Kate joined the Pride PEI board as a dedicated 2SLGBTQIA+ ally & supporter. She hopes that her involvement will help build a better future for the PEI community and her children.

Dustin Axworthy

Director of Communications

(He/Him/His)

Dustin is the Director of Communications, and joined Pride PEI in 2019 as Volunteer Coordinator for the “Pride 25” Festival. He began attending the Season 11 screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race, hosted by Pride PEI, searching for deeper connections with the Island’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Dustin is currently studying at UPEI to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration, focused in Marketing, and can often be found sipping a coffee and watching cooking shows while he should be studying. Talking points include Drag Race, local beers, and Netflix Documentaries.

Festival 2020 Partners

Pride PEI and the PEI Pride Festival operate in Mi’kma’ki, the homeland of the Mi’kmaq People. We recognize that the land on which we gather is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nation, and we pay our respects to the Indigenous Mi’kmaq people of this territory: past, present, and future. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” with Mi’kmaq Peoples.