Team

Danny Papadatos is proud to be back celebrating his fourth year as Co-Chair of the Saskatoon Pride Festival. Danny has spent the last 10 years working and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ communities and is honoured to be apart of such an amazing organization. Danny brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with background in events, sponsorship, leadership and  business development. He believes in that there is no dream too big and that we all deserve to have a city where we can feel included, safe and loved.

Krystal sits as Co-Chair on the Board of the Saskatoon Pride Festival for the past three years. She is committed to working with the LBGTQ2A+ community to create authentic and safe spaces for individuals to feel welcome and comfortable and free to be their true selves. She wants to make Saskatoon Pride Festival as inclusive as possible.
When Krystal isn’t busy working and volunteering, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends and sharing her life with her partner and their two young children.

Amy


Amy Rees (she), saying hello to the beautiful people of Saskatoon!
I recently moved to Saskatoon from Regina in the spring of 2016, needless to say I have completely fallen in love with this city. I am a journeyman stylist at Alchemy Clothing and Salon, as well as the Event Coordinator at Drift Cafe and Vista Lounge. Getting involved with Saskatoon Pride sat high on my priority list when I moved here, wanting to be involved with the community as a LGBTQ member in a positive way. Participating in past pride events in YXE I was blown away with the progression of the festival and knew that I could play a role in being apart of, bringing an open mind and a passion for planning and turning a vision into reality. We have some rad things happening this year, get excited!      XO

My name is Sarah Powell. I’m 35 yrs old and am married to my wife Krista. We’ve been together for fourteen yrs and married for seven. We have two amazing boys. Rory who is going to be five and Ryker who will be two in August. I also run a dayhome. I’ve wanted to help organize family pride events for quite a few years as I felt queer families often seemed overlooked. I wanted our boys to know their family wasn’t alone. Im so excited to have built new friendships during this amazing experience.

Melissa Squire is a self taught designer who’s socially conscious attitude, Eco friendly initiatives and community oriented business practices are infectious.  She joined the Saskatoon Pride Board in 2013, and has been involved in Pride since 2010.  Melissa takes inspiration from everything around her, from using recycled tires for details and accessories to wedding dresses that convert to ready to wear, this line is diverse.  Now including her unisex line; Vacation Joel, and as always her children’s wear, swimwear and accessory line, there is truly something for everyone.
Owner of Alchemy *Clothing*Salon*Tattoo*Piercing*, her designs can be found there, 615 2nd Ave North in Saskatoon.

Jon

Jon is excited to be the Director of Social Media during his third year as a board-member of the Saskatoon Pride Festival.  Year-round, he uses his energy and time to bring together LGBTQ2A+  and allies, in order to build a vibrant community where all people can live and celebrate!  Jon has been in real estate for 13 years and a proud realtor for six years!  He cherishes time spent with family, friends, and clients, whether in Saskatoon, or traveling.  Have you seen his live weather report and closet talk today?

Hey everyone, my name is Nathan Holten and I am the treasurer for the Saskatchewan Diversity network as of this year. I identify as a homosexual male, and I came out at the young age of 14. Growing up in a small community in southern Saskatchewan, there was a lot of homophobia, which has been my main reason for getting involved in pride. I would like to see youth today being educated and more accepting of people around them, for whatever they choose to do with their lives.

 

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Paige is our marketing guru. She has been working as the marketing director for Saskatoon Pride for the past 4 years; 2 of which she was also a Board Director. A Saskatoon native, she attended the University of Alberta where she earned a Bachelor of Education in 2009. Upon graduation, she took a leap of faith and moved to England where she pursued a career in media and marketing. Canada pulled her back, and after a brief stint in Toronto, she returned home to Saskatoon. She is currently an Account Manager at The Marketing Den and is the sitting president of the Saskatchewan Professional Marketing Association.

Scott grew up in Regina and went to School at the University there as well. He has also worked as a Counselor for over seven years as well has done much with youth at risk. As well as Pride he has sat on multiple nonprofit boards, mainly in recruitment and retention, volunteer coordination, or as president. Scott is a nerd at heart and loves playing video games or tabletop RPGs. The Pride Festival is something Scott is excited to be a part of as he sees it now fostering many family-focused events, bringing the greater community together, and is an event he, as of a few years ago, can now be proud to be a part of.