The Board of Directors for St. John's Pride is responsible for making important decisions about the organization, its events, and resources. They help ensure that St. John's Pride advocates for and celebrates the diversity of our 2SLGBTQIA+ communities by planning and overseeing activities throughout the year, including the annual Festival.
Scott Lester (he/him)
Eddy St. Coeur (he/they)
Danielle Babstock (she/her)
Damian Stacey (he/him)
Kayden Warford (he/him)
Jenna Slaney (she/her)
Morgan Moakler Jessiman (she/they)
Gorvin Greening (he/him)
Ellen Davis (she/her)
Meet Scott Lester (he/him), a human-centered designer working with the federal government who believes in designing solutions with the people they'll impact or who will use them. As Co-Chair Internal, his mission is to make volunteering an enjoyable, fulfilling experience while pushing for positive change within the organization.
With a background in communications and a history of volunteer work, including serving as the Director of Communications for Pride PEI in 2019, Scott has been eager to make a difference in the local queer community since his move to St. John's in 2021. His vision for St. John's Pride revolves around stability, community engagement, and meaningful progress.
Meet Eddy St. Coeur (he/they), a passionate advocate and dedicated member of the St. John's queer community for nearly two decades. Eddy has an impressive career spanning student leadership roles, communications, and board memberships. Known for his willingness to support educators nationwide and connect them with valuable resources, Eddy is committed to giving back to the community that has fostered their personal growth and continues to be a source of support.
As the Co-Chair External, Eddy leads the team in engaging with the public, which involves handling media, social media, events, branding, and ensuring the board's accountability and honesty.
(Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography)
Meet Danielle Babstock (she/her), a Project Finance Lead in the not-for-profit sector with a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work. Danielle has ample experience in the finance industry across private, public and not-for-profit sectors, has sat on social committees, DEI committees and occupational health and safety committees throughout her employment. She is excited to use her financial and committee experience to create positive change for the St. John's 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
As Co-Chair Finance, Danielle brings a keen, detail-oriented eye to the board which will help to manage the organization's finances, while providing quality events and services to the community.
Meet Damian Stacey (he/him), a Therapeutic Recreation Worker with a passion for creating positive change. As a former student council president, Damian aims to connect with the queer community and create positive relationships as the Programming and Events Coordinator.
As the Programming and Events Coordinator, Damian takes charge of planning events throughout the year and oversees all Pride-related event coordination with support from board members and their different roles.
Meet Kayden Warford (he/him), a helpful and passionate trans man from St. John's, known for his unique pink hard hat on the job site. With a background in customer service, metal siding/roofing installation, and a knack for planning exciting parties, Kayden is eager to contribute in any way possible to St. John's Pride, seeking to strengthen his connection within the 2SLGBTQ2SIA+ community and bring his diverse skills to the table.
As the Community Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator, Kayden facilitates communication between directors and maintains a list of local community groups, members of the queer, trans, and two-spirit communities, as well as city businesses and non-profits, to foster outreach and volunteer engagement.
Meet Jenna Slaney (she/her), a fat, femme, queer, woman who is a fierce advocate, feminist, and harm reduction enthusiast. She has completed studies in Community Leadership and Therapeutic Recreation, and has extensive professional experience working in community outreach, youth engagement, program development, inclusion support, and recreation. Jenna also resides on two community boards, Fat Babes of NL and Saltwater Gems Burlesque, and takes pride in her direct connections within the community. Jenna can be found in her free time entertaining audiences as a local burlesque and heels dance performer, and has been focusing on sharing her learned performance skills, with a sprinkle of body positivity, confidence building, and self love.
As Advocacy and Inclusivity Coordinator, Jenna is eager to listen to the voices of minority groups and underrepresented folks within the local 2SLGBTQIA+ community. She hopes to hear what needs, wants, and ideas folks have and learn how she/the board can support the folks who are directly impacted by barriers to participation and exclusion. Jenna’s passion for her community, expertise in identifying barriers, creative problem solving skills, and lived experience will be used to make participation in pride possible for all folks, regardless of age, ability, size, spirituality, ethnicity, or orientation.
Meet Morgan Moakler Jessiman, a communicator, multidisciplinary artist, part-time lover and full-time friend.
With a degree in Communications, majoring in Intermedia, Morgan has used their passion for 2SLGBTQIA+ rights, safe spaces and accessibility to do their best to work in spaces promoting these values, and doing their best to promote them in their own life.
Morgan has written countless papers on the HIV/AIDS crisis, and holds community practice close to heart.
They have experience in social media management, company management, graphic design, accessible spaces, and Diversity and Equity Inclusion training. They are very honoured and excited to be on the board this year and be a part of the Pride that has lived in St. John’s for centuries.
Meet Gorvin Greening (he/him), a hard working professional with experience in the private, public, and non-for-profit sector. Gorvin comes from eastern Newfoundland originally but has lived in the North East Avalon region for more than a decade. With a business background he has work experience in management, customer service, logistics, audit and compliance, financial analysis, recruitment, as well as project management. Gorvin has volunteered with St. John’s Pride in both official and unofficial capacities since 2017. He previously served a one year term as co-chair finance during the 2019/2020 year and played key roles in the organization and execution of St. John’s Pride’s largest event, the parade, both in 2022 and 2023. He has served on various social committees, event planning committees, and equity and diversity committees throughout his work career.
As City Liasion and Parade Coordinator Gorvin will serve as the lead organizer and point of contact for all things pride parade related. He will also work with surrounding municipalities within the area to assist in various engagement activities throughout the year.
Meet Ellen Davis (she/her), a communications strategist and marketer with a decade of experience across a variety of sectors. She has worked in strategy development and content creation in B2B, private and non-profit organizations. Ellen volunteered as a member of the board of directors of Halifax Pride for four years and developed understanding and experience in community organizing.
As communications lead, Ellen aims to bring strategic communication approaches to support programming in the St. John’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community through empathy, accountability, and transparency.