We are thrilled to be organizing the first ever pride festival in the Wolfville and Kentville area! Check out our event calendar for our 2023 festival schedule, and read below to learn about the wonderful folks putting on Valley Pride.
Who we are
Kiran Awrey (they/them) Co-Coordinator
Kiran Awrey is a Non-Binary Trans artist, activist, and mental health professional. They grew up in the greater Toronto area, but transplanted over a decade ago as an Acadia student, turned staff, turned proud south mountain dweller. They work primarily in the field of trauma and advocacy for acceptance and understanding of gender diversity as well as, queer safety and visibility in the Annapolis Valley.
Ashley Cyr (she/they) Co-Coordinator
Ashley Cyr is a marketing mogul, deeply obsessed dog parent, and proud Kentvillian. They grew up in the prairies, then bounced around Canada for a few years before finally achieving their life goal of moving to Nova Scotia. Before moving to Kentville, they were a board member of the Wellington-Waterloo Queer Chorus, where they first experienced the positive impact of having a large and accepting queer chosen community.
Ashley lives and works in the Valley, where they have created a home with their partner, Tyler, their dog, Finnegan, and an unwieldy garden full of tasty treats.
Imriel Bissnette (xe/xem or they/them) Deputy Events Coordinator
Imriel Bissnette is a queer, non-binary, Black and Mi’kmaw individual who relocated to the Annapolis Valley in 2014 for school. Xer school work has focused on 2SLGBTQ+ connections to art production and non-binary experiences in the Nova Scotia medical system. They have previously volunteered for Saint John Pride as well as the Wolfville Farmers Market’s Pride dinners in previous years. Xe live with xer husband and many animals affectionately referred to as “the herd,” as well as a small jungle. They can often be found with a tea latte working on a fiber art project.
Alisha Christie (she/her) Deputy Events Coordinator
Alisha Christie (she/her) is a highly excitable, playful, queer, community and environmental activist. In her day job, Alisha works with an incredible team with the Homeless No More Initiative. Alisha has lived in the Annapolis Valley for eight years and has loved being surrounded by vibrant local food, inter-generational community and nature.
With the Valley Pride Team Alisha is dreaming up fun ways to bring queer led sport into pride this year
Stay tuned friends!
Mike Butler (he/him) Marketing
Mike Butler wears many hats but never actually wears hats! Mike works full-time at the constituency office Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois and in Fall 2020, was elected to Wolfville Town Council.
Mike has been, and always will be, a positive advocate for the 2SLGBTQA+ Community. Growing up in Kentville was not the easiest but with a supporting family and a stellar batch of friends, Mike stuck to the Valley and has been involved in as many events as he can be to help promote safe spaces, inclusivity and equality for all. Mike is pretty much a Unicorn disguised as a local politician and community member. His drag persona, SHARON DALOVE, has performed in the valley many times. He lives and works in Wolfville and shares his life with the community at large, as well as his #1 one supporter: his husband Ian!
Tyler Omichinski (any) Community Liaison
After graduating with a JD from Queen’s University, Tyler went on to work in the NGO space, specializing in food security, development, and the intersection of system-based needs. For Valley Pride he works to coordinate between different communities and interest groups.