Provincial GSA Coordinators
What is a GSA Coordinator?
The goal of the GSA Coordinators listed below is to foster student leadership by connecting students & teachers with resources, organizations, and the tools to support a GSA club in their school. GSA Coordinators hope to contribute to more welcoming, respectful, and safer learning environments for students of all genders and sexual orientations in Alberta schools. The GSA Coordinators aim to connect schools and organizations by providing resources, traveling across Alberta to schools who request support, and planning the annual Alberta GSA Conference.
There are many folks from different organizations across Alberta that provide support to GSAs/QSAs in schools. Below are the GSA Coordinators that are connected to the Alberta GSA Network that you can reach out to (with more to come!). We are all about info sharing!
Lauren Alston (she/her) is a Provincial GSA Coordinator for Alberta, a position within the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Lauren’s role is to help start, strengthen, and sustain gay-straight alliances or queer-straight alliances in Alberta’s K-12 schools and communities, with an emphasis on developing supports in rural communities. The GSA Coordinator’s ultimate goal is to foster student leadership within their schools and communities with the purpose of creating safer and more inclusive spaces for all students. Lauren aims to help students & teachers connect with local resources & organizations and will travel to any community in Alberta to work with schools to develop GSA support networks.
If you would like information, support, or resources regarding GSA/QSA’s in Alberta you can contact the Lauren by e-mail AlbertaGSAnetwork@gmail.com or phone at (780) 492-0766.
Hilary (Calgary & Area)
Hilary Mutch (she/her) is an educator at the Calgary Centre for Sexuality (CFS) and the coordinator of Camp fYrefly, a 4-day retreat for LGBTQ2S+ youth as well as the Calgary GSA Network. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7 Territory including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Stoney Nakoda and T’suu T’ina Nations as well as the Métis Nation Region III) and holds a B.A. from McGill University. As the LGBTQ2S+ Community Development Coordinator she believes in bringing youth-centered, creative and socially just programming to participants.
The Centre for Sexuality can provide support in the form of resources like stickers and buttons, information about community supports and idea for activities and fun discussions for your GSA group. If you are a school staff or student in Calgary and area and have questions about GSA’s, or would like to start a GSA – you can contact them for more information!
If you would like information, support, or resources regarding GSA/QSA’s in Calgary & area, you can contact the Hilary by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (403) 283-3054.
Michael (Sherwood Park, Elk Island area, Camrose, and rural Alberta)
Michael’s hobbies include walking dogs he does not own, exploring all the incredible nooks and crannies Canada has to offer, baking pies without using recipes, roadtrips far and wide, and ranting about the importance of empathy and collaboration in our diverse society. If you are someone in rural Alberta and are having difficulties finding the support you need (or you just have a really great pie recipe you think he should be aware of), Michael can be reached at email@example.com
Cayley (she/her) is the Counselling Coordinator for Lethbridge Public School District No. 51. Cayley’s role focuses on supporting and maintaining wellness throughout the Lethbridge Public School District. A passionate supporter of positive spaces in all public settings, Cayley’s work extends to supporting the local GSAs at both the middle and high school levels. Cayley also works with school administrators throughout the district, at all three divisional levels, to ensure that schools are welcoming, caring, positive spaces for ALL students, staff, and families. It is a priority for the Lethbridge School District to ensure that all students and families are reflected and supported in their learning environments, resources, and support systems.
Part of Cayley’s role is to bring people together to help identify the gaps and overlaps in the public school community, and to do something about them. In an effort to identify and nurture positive supports for the youth of southwestern Alberta, Cayley is working with a group of passionate people to put on a Teen GSA Conference in Lethbridge. The goal of the small-but-mighty committee is to make access to a yearly conference, an affordable possibility for any youth in the region.
If you would like to speak with Cayley about some of the work going on in the Lethbridge Public School District, or you would like to have her facilitate a connection to a specific person or group, please don’t hesitate to contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (403) 380-5320.
Do you provide supports to GSA clubs in your area? Email albertaGSAnetwork@gmail.com and request to get added to our list of GSA Coordinators!