St. John’s Pride Inc. is a registered non-profit with the government of Newfoundland, with no formal ties to the municipality, and is entirely volunteer-run. Each year, we organize and execute an increasingly large event week in July to celebrate, educate, and advocate for the LBGTQ2S+ community in the Avalon and beyond.
St. Johns’ Pride values diversity within its Board and encourages persons with disabilities, persons of different socio-economic backgrounds, persons of colour, persons of different gender identities and expressions, persons of different sexualities, and all the persons who identify under our umbrella to run in this by election.
St. John’s Pride Inc operates under the trifold mandate of advocacy, education, and celebration, as outlined in the following document.
2019 Board of Directors
Co-Chair of Internal
My name is Derek Semerad, and I use he/him pronouns. For the last little while I have been the third gayest man in the city of St. John’s, tied with about 500 other people, and have maintained an active presence in the 2SQUILTBAG+ community of the university and of the city proper.
I joined up with St. John’s Pride, and am its current Co-Chair Internal, out of a desire to see a greater connectivity between Pride and the myriad functional queer organizations of this island. I look forward to a long walk up a steep hill with 5000 or so friends trying to make that happen this year, and next year, and all years hereafter.
I may not have a clue, and I may not have style, but everything I lack I make up in heart and determination, and I hope to inspire those two facets of joy in everyone I meet.
Co-Chair of Finance
I have a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in management. I have owned and managed a mental health counselling practice for the past three years which specializes in working with people in the LGBTQ+ community. I have experience managing daily finances for a small company in addition to establishing long-term financial goals and solvency efforts.
I would like to support the LGBTQ+ community in St. John’s and the surrounding areas in gaining support, recognition, and acceptance in the community.
It is very important that the community forms a strong unit of support in order for its members to feel valued and loved, which can be accomplished through strong alliances and taking responsibility within the larger community.
To celebrate Pride is to celebrate the diversity and courage of our 2SQUILTBAG+ community. By valuing the uniqueness of all our voices and by empowering one another, we build and strengthen our dynamic identity. My shared vision for our community is one of inclusivity, belonging, acceptance, and growth.
Director at Large
I use she/her pronouns. I am a current master student in Health Ethics at Memorial University. I previously completed a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and Mental Health from Carleton University. I currently work as a bartender and server, and active community member. My previous work experience has surrounded community building and networking. I feel it is these two skills that will most beneficial in working with Pride. Building good rapport and engaging the community are two things that are very important to me as a director at large.
As a creative person, I explore a lot of queer experiences and feminisms. I find embroidery, poetry, and painting to be therapeutic and helpful in understanding my own emotions, and the perspective of others. Empathy and understanding are two qualities I try to bring to everything I do. I am excited to work with Pride because I am looking forward to building and making connections in the 2SQUILTBAG+ community. I hope, being a new voice, I can bring fresh ideas to the table and support our community. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large
My name is Chris Acreman. Being part of the St. John’s Pride Board offers a great opportunity to volunteer my time and skills to our community. We all live crazy, face-paced lives, but it feels great to dedicate some of that time to give back to the communities we live and work in. That’s how we make them better! I’ve been surrounded in my personal and professional life with amazingly supportive people, together with whom, built a community of friends and family I’m pretty happy about. I hope that I can be a supportive addition to a Board that is building an awesome community for all of St. John’s, surrounding areas and those visiting our colourful city.
I look forward to helping make St. John’s Pride a success and adding my own personal touches where I can. I’m also open to bringing forth any ideas that people have out there so hit me up if you’d like me to do so.
Director at Large
Hello, my name is Kelly-Anne, my pronouns are she and hers, and I’m a Director at Large. I love being outdoors and staying active with my pup Sarge.
I moved back to Newfoundland nearly two years ago to continue my career in journalism, I’m hoping what I’ve learnt working in the media will help St. John’s Pride.
I joined the Pride board to help, and to continue to be a part of a community I believe in. Thank you for voting me in and believing in me.
Director at Large
My name is Forough Emam and I use she/her pronouns. I’m a graduate student in Gender Studies at MUN. Having a Master’s in Literature, I have focused on the notion of gender by publishing literary articles and presenting at academic conferences. As a newcomer to Canada and St. John’s, I’m really excited to finally endeavor to be more socially active within the LGBTQ community and gain more hands-on experience.
Since I was a teenager in Iran, I was a member of NGOs focusing on human rights and women’s rights as well as being a member of a nationwide campaign to change discriminatory laws against women.
As a Director-at-Large of St. John’s Pride, I wish we can make this year’s parade as inclusive and accessible as possible. While I may be new to the city, I believe we all face similar challenges that we can tackle communally. Apart from the Pride Week, I hope with your support and contribution we can have a more nuanced dialogue among the community to facilitate it being more inter-sectional and more open to the diversity of individuals’ experiences.
Director at Large
My name is Lauren Flynn, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I’m a Director at Large for 2018-2019. I am excited and eager to dedicate my time and energy to St. John’s Pride, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this work for the LGBTQI2S+ community in St. John’s and beyond.
I currently work at Johnson Insurance as a digital product manager, and I hold an MBA from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc (honours) from Memorial University. These things have worked together to develop and strengthen my skills in time-management, coordinating projects and teams, relationship building and problem solving, and I’m looking forward to using these skills with St. John’s Pride.