Gillian is a graduate from the University of Calgary, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of International Relations, with a focus on the French language, the region of Europe, and the International Political Economy. A passionate human rights advocate, they are dedicated to combatting global systems of oppression and inequality while leveraging her capabilities in empathetic communication, strategic thinking, creativity and adaptability, and determination.
At Canadian Equality Consulting, Gillian works as a Strategist, conducting both assessments and training for clients, as well as providing support to internal CEC activities. They bring with them a substantial background knowledge in Gender-based Analysis Plus, an understanding of global and historical systems of oppression, empathetic and compassionate communication, bilingualism in English and French, and a personal dedication to inclusion, equity, and the advancement of human rights internationally. Through her work, Gillian hopes to draw insight from their lived experiences to provide thoughtful and unique contributions to every project that they are a part of.
Gillian’s professional career began at 15, when they got their first job working for Galaxy Cinemas, Cineplex Entertainment. Soon thereafter, they were promoted to Cast Trainer, and finally, to Assistant Manager. At the time, Gillian was also involved in numerous extracurricular activities, sports, and volunteerism. Learning to effectively manage their time and engage with compassion, she graduated high school with a bilingual diploma (English and French), and then ventured to a new province to begin her post-secondary educational journey. Passionate about human rights and social justice, Gillian studied International Relations at the University of Calgary, earning their BA in 2022 after partaking in the university’s co-operative program, which allowed her to gain work experience as a Communications Officer, Technical Writer, and Human Resources Assistant prior to graduating. Additionally, Gillian has significant experience with volunteerism and community involvement, particularly as chair of the 2SLGBTQ Plus Subcommittee at the CER, as a volunteer with Good Neighbour Community Market, and various other volunteer positions. An ambitious individual, Gillian strives to consistently engage with compassion and respect while contributing innovative ideas, unique perspectives, resourcefulness in face of new challenges, and unbridled enthusiasm, passion, and dedication. They believe that empathy, creativity, and determination are vital tools for furthering the development of a better world for all.
As a self-identified settler on Turtle Island, Gillian grew up on Treaty 4 Territory, the traditional lands of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Nahkawé (Saulteaux), and Nakota, and homeland of the Métis, Dakota, and Lakota, in the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She now resides on Treaty 7 territory, home to the Blackfoot Confederacy – which includes the Siksika peoples, the Kainai peoples, and both the Northern Piikani and the Southern Piikani nations – along with the Kutenai nation and the Stoney-Nakoda, Tsuu T'ina, and Métis peoples, also known as Calgary, Alberta.
Gillian is a lesbian and a genderfluid woman and non-binary individual. Outside of work, they love spending time with their fiancé, friends, family, and pets, partaking in community events, playing soccer, writing, and creating art through various mediums.
Personally and professionally, Gillian is passionately dedicated to advocating – globally and locally – for human rights, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, ecofeminism, mental health, harm-reduction, body positivity, and anti-oppression.
Contact Gillian via email at [email protected]
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