ABOUT

We are on a mission!

Welcome to Kamloops Pride

We are a non-profit organization supporting people who identify on the gender and sexuality spectra.  This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) individuals living in the Kamloops region.  

Our mission statement is to promote a more flourishing LGBTQ2S+ community and support gay culture in Kamloops.  Regardless of how you identify on the gender, identity or sexuality spectrum - we welcome you!  We are here to serve the diverse community within Kamloops and strive to advocate on behalf of people who experience discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.  Through our work, we hope to promote equity for all.  

Goals and Values

Our Values

INTEGRITY
Practice transparency, honesty, professionalism and informative communication in upholding community trust.

RESPECT
Maintain unconditional consideration for all those we interact with in the business of Kamloops Pride. 

​INCLUSIVITY
Acknowledge intersectionality and work towards equity

FUN
Maintain a sense of celebration in everything we do!

​COMMUNITY
Foster community through a caring, considerate and consistent presence

Our Goals

COMPLETE A NEEDS ASSESSMENT (Completed April, 2019)
Gain an understanding of the needs, interests and priorities of the LGBTQ2S+ community in Kamloops.

​HOST AT LEAST ONE EVENT FOR YOUTH
Ensure there is programming with youth in mind. ​

​HOST FOUR DANCES, INCLUDING ONE SOBER EVENT
Provide community members with regular, high quality events. ​

​DEVELOP A PRIDE-PLANNING MANUAL
Build effective succession planning and information retention programs to ensure sustainability. 

​HOST A COMMUNITY SUMMIT
Incorporate community stakeholders in planning and engagement regarding LGBTQ2S+ issues in Kamloops. 
 

Annual Report

Our 2018/2019 Annual Report was delivered at our Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 28th.  You can view the report below.

Meet the Team

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Nicole Stanchfield (She / Her)

President

My name is Nicole Stanchfield (she/her/hers) I acknowledge the First Peoples of TK’emlups te Secwepemc, on whose vast, unceded, traditional territories within Secwepemc’ulucw where I grew up on and the land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations where I learned so much about myself which helped me become the person that I am today. I am a creative, energetic, curious and colorful individual who loves learning. I love fabulous themed parties, singing show tunes and dancing the night away with friends. Gimme tacos and drag queens all day every day! As an active community member, I believe we all have a role to play, and a responsibility to bolster one another.  My professional history, alongside my education and experience, has taught me a great deal about people and myself. My passion to work with and in service to this community is ever burning. I am honored to be a part of this board once again and can’t wait to see what this next year has to offer!

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Katelyn Boughton (She / Her)

Vice President

Katelyn joined the Kamloops Pride board this year initially as a Director, however moved into the Vice President position to fill a vacancy. She is a curious person with an insatiable appetite for learning, with a focus on Science and Technology. Katelyn is also a very nerdy person who loves science fiction, movies, board games, video games and reading. She also enjoys travelling and to date has been fortunate enough to have visited fourteen different countries.  Katelyn has lived in Kamloops for the last 20+ years and attended university at TRU. To Katelyn, Pride is about creating safes spaces for everyone to live their authentic lives.

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Taylor Richard (He / Him)

Treasurer

Taylor joined Kamloops Pride for the first time this year as Treasurer. He considers himself a nerd at heart enjoying spending his time with his husband Jason playing games both board and video alike. When he is not playing games he enjoys spending his time cross country skiing, kayaking and playing music. His favourite things about Kamloops are the friendly and welcoming people that make up this community, the dry weather and changing seasons. Taylor has lived in Kamloops for most of his adult life. He obtained his Bachelors at TRU and it is also where he met his husband. To Taylor Kamloops pride is an opportunity to give back to his community and create lasting change that will have a positive impact.

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Jason Richard (He / Him)

Secretary

Jason is, first and foremost, a giant nerd. Lover of all things sci-fi and fantasy (books, comics, movies, tv shows), player of all things gaming (video, board, role playing), and connoisseur of all things logic (mathematics, debates, and philosophy). Seemingly in contrast, Jason has a passion for music: playing drums, ukulele, as well as singing in two of the choirs here in Kamloops. If Jason takes a break from playing games, you can find him cross-country skiing in the winter or floating down the river in the summer.
Jason has done many things over his working time, but eventually worked his way into a career in education. For the last nine years, he has been teaching in the public school system. It is a career that he finds extremely challenging, but immensely rewarding at the same time.
After volunteering for Kamloops Pride in the past, Jason joined the board of directors last year. He is currently working in the role of the board’s secretary. Being on the board  represents a way for Jason to work towards bettering his community in, what he hopes is, a meaningful way. Working to create a safer, more representative community that welcomes all into its arms.
Pride, to Jason, is the recognition that every person has a meaningful and respected place in our global society. He believes that as humans, we are all interconnected, and that we have a responsibility to each other to protect, encourage, support, and love one another, to keep anyone from feeling like they don’t belong somewhere.

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DJ Clarke (She / Her)

Director

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Kristin Luttmerding (She / Her)

Director

Kristen grew up in Armstrong on the unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan people.  In 2014, she moved to Kamloops, located on Secwepemc territory, to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. Coming from a small town, Kristen was excited to move to a city that hosted so many LGBTQ2S+ events. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys hiking, camping, making art, spoiling her dog Chubbs, and catching independent films at the Paramount Theatre. To Kristen, Pride is an opportunity to support connections between the many diverse groups that make up the lively Kamloops community. Kristen joined the Kamloops Pride board for the first time this year as a Director and stepped into the new position of Volunteer Coordinator in January. Kristen has always admired the work Kamloops Pride does in the community and feels incredibly fortunate to be a part of that effort this year.

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Ted Ockenden (He / Him)

Product Manager

Ted joined Kamloops Pride in December, 2019.  He considers himself fortunate to be included with such a dedicated and diverse group.  Ted splits his time between working as a Director for BCLC, volunteering as a Director to the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) and other volunteer activities.  Ted has served on several Boards in the past and loves the opportunity to improve the community of Kamloops.  He is an avid scuba diver, hockey player and outdoors enthusiast. Having lived in Kamloops for almost 30 years, his favourite thing about Kamloops is the upbeat, community-minded nature of the people.  Many good friends and a nearby cabin round out the Kamloops Experience!

To Ted, Pride provides the opportunity to listen, learn, accept, education and celebrate!

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Dannielle Port (She / Her)

Director

Dannielle (pronounced Danny Elle) is new to the Kamloops Pride board this year. She considers herself first and foremost a mother seemingly collecting children and youth who don’t have consistent and supportive parental figures in their lives. She spends a lot of time working and volunteering with various youth focused organizations in the community. When not working in Child Development and Youth Services, Dannielle enjoys spending time with her children and granddaughter, hiking, camping, travelling, reading, attending concerts and community theatre and all things geeky/nerdy!

Her favourite thing about Kamloops is how loving and supportive the people of the community are and it’s unique beauty. Dannielle couldn't live without her kids, phone, coffee and FlipFlops!

To Dannielle, Pride means embracing and living your truth and allowing others to do the same with kindness, compassion and love!

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Corey Storkan (He / Him)

Director

Corey joined the Pride board as a Director this year at the end of January to fill a vacancy. Corey has a passion for health promotion and challenging injustices and inequities within society. His skills as a registered nurse have given him insight into advocacy and tools to utilize for problem solving. Corey spends his time working as a registered, competing as a cheerleader with Freeze Athletics, and singing with the Kamloops Pride choir. Corey has called Kamloops home for eight years, moving here for school and choosing to keep Kamloops as his home. Corey enjoys playing board games, video games, and cheerleading/tumbling.
Corey’s favourite part of Kamloops is the heat in the summer. Nothing beats the heat like a float down the river or a lazy day in the water! He is quiet and reserved at first, but he is passionate and fun to be around once he opens up!
To Corey, the spirit of Pride is about respecting, appreciating, celebrating and protecting of the entirety of the community. No matter gender identity, expression, or orientation, you matter and deserve respect and acceptance of who you are"