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About Us

The Kamloops Pride society is a non-profit organization operating within Secwepemcúl’ecw, the territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc peoples, in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Meet The Board

Our Mission

We are a non-profit organization supporting people who identify with the 2SLGBTQPIA+ community. This includes: Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Pansexual, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender individuals living in the Kamloops region.  

Our mission is to promote a more flourishing 2SLGBTQPIA+ community and 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.  

Our Values


INTEGRITY
Practice transparency, honesty, professionalism, and informative communication to maintain 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.

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Alyssa Christianson (she/her)

President

My name is Alyssa and I am a queer woman who moved to Kamloops in 2021. I work for BC Wildfire Service and am busy year-round in prevention and response. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. I am proud to have been on the Board since Spring 2022. My special interests and skills include event planning and board organization.

In my free time, I enjoy learning burlesque, playing board games, trivia nights, and socializing with friends. 

My goal for 2024 is to improve Kamloops Pride's sponsorship program and expand Kamloops Pride Week to include bigger and better events! I am also looking forward to continuing developing the Board's operations and strategic planning.

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Join the Team!

Treasurer

Interested in joining the board? The treasurer position is open! Reach out to info@kamloopspride.com if you are interested in applying. 

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Eliana Baboiu (she/her)

Director of Resources

Hi, my name is Eliana (she/her) and I am a queer woman who came to Kamloops to study
nursing at Thompson Rivers University in 2017. Since attending TRU, I became with the queer
community on campus. I was the president of the TRUSU Pride club from 2018 until in spring 2023. As president of the TRUSU Pride Club, I lead a social called Queer Connections and began advocating to start a Pride Centre on campus. I also served on the TRUSU Board of Directors as the LGBTQ+ representative for two years and I represented queer students on campus at the TRUSU board.


Throughout my time studying nursing, I learned about the health disparities impacting 2SLGBTQ+ people and how stigma and discrimination lead to those disparities. Since graduating, I hope to make a positive difference for the queer community in Kamloops.


In my free time, you may find me spending time with my cat at home, singing with the Kamloops Pride Choir, or going out with friends.

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Remy McInnis (they/them)

Vice President

Hi! I'm Remy, and I'm a queer non binary member of the community.

 

I moved to Kamloops from the Lower Mainland to attend the ECE program at TRU, then I ended up falling in love with the city and staying after graduation. I've lived here for seven years now and have been volunteering with KPS for the past year. I've been loving attending and helping organize all the events and I'm excited to build on this as this year's Vice President.

 

In my free time you'll either find me downtown at a coffee shop or shopping at a local business, or at home with my cat, one of my comfort shows, and a puzzle on the go.

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Aidan Sheppard (she/her)

Communications Coordinator

Aidan is a queer identifying 25-year-old, who is currently employed as a Women's Housing Support Worker. She has lived in Kamloops for 6 years. She is passionate about working within the Kamloops community to ensure that people have access to the resources available to them and to also act as a listening ear and advocate for those who may need it. When she is not working you can find her spending time with her pets, getting creative in some way (jewelry making, painting, crafting, letter writing and so much more) reading, scrolling social media, and spending time with her friends. If it's sunny out, you'll find her walking some of the many trails in and around Kamloops or enjoying the outdoors in some form with her dog. 

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Marie-Claire Marshall (she/her)

Director of Youth Engagement

Marie is a recently graduated registered nurse from TRU. She is currently working in mental health and at Kamloops Hospice Association. She was born and raised in Kamloops and joined the board to become more involved in the 2SLGBTQPIA+ community. Throughout her schooling, she studied the disparities in mental health in the queer community. By joining the board, she hopes to contribute to positive change for queer youth in Kamloops and help develop a more supportive and inclusive community. Outside of work, you will most often find her spending time with her partner and siblings. She loves to get outside to hike, ski, or paddle board.​

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Charlie Smith (she/her)

Administrative Assistant

My name is Charlie and my pronouns are she/her. I identify as a queer pansexual, living in Kamloops while working locally ever since. Back in 2018 I moved to this amazing community with a desire to see it flourish! This being the first time I applied to the Pride board and I am so excited to learn and help. 

I am both a bit outdoorsy, indoors enthusiast and everything in between. You can catch me enjoying a good movie of any genre, plant shopping or spending time with my family. 

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Jenny Edwards (she/her)

Volunteer Coordinator

Jenny is an actor and classical singer who was born and raised in Kamloops. After attending TRU and UVIC, she graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts. She has been performing since she was a child and has been in shows all over Western Canada, including at Celebrations Dinner Theatre in Edmonton, Storybook Theatre and Scorpio Theatre in Calgary, and on CTV’s hit show Corner Gas in Regina; you may recognize the back of her head from Season 5! 

In her spare time, Jenny works at her dream job at Western Canada Theatre. When she’s not working, she can usually be found working with her son in his craft business creating Pride jewellery and charms or hanging out with her husband of nearly 17 years. She also loves spending time with her cats, Sundance and Roxie, and her dogs, Zoey and Jaxx.

Jenny is proud to be an ally. She is looking forward to working in the community to promote inclusion, diversity and accessible resources, and she is honoured to be a member of the Board of Kamloops Pride.

Our Annual Financial Report 2022

Our 2021/2022 Annual Report was delivered at our Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 21, 2022. You can view the report below.

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