Meet Our

Board Members

Rhys Pugatschew

Chairman of the Board

Rhys (he/him) is a trans individual wielding a Bachelor of Arts in English and a strong drive to help the LGBT2QIA+ community in Red Deer grow. He strongly believes that we must all stand together.

Rhys is currently persuing a degree in social work, which he plans on using to help counsel youth in schools and within RDQCA.

Alex Pugatschew

Vice-Chairperson

Alex (she/they) is a genderqueer individual with a background in cultural anthropology and early childhood education. They are a staunch advocate for intersectionality and inclusiveness in all parts of the queer community.

 

Since the beginning, Alex has worked hard to make RDQCA a safe place for the community which has so warmly welcomed them into the fold. 

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Sarah Maetche

Secretary

Sarah Maetche (she/her) was born and raised in Red Deer. She works as the Communications Specialist at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. Outside of work, she is passionate about supporting and amplifying diverse voices in the community.

 

Her volunteer experience includes working with the Red Deer Food Bank and serving on various community-based boards.
Serving as the Secretary, she is so excited to assist RDQCA to grow its organizational capacity so that it can serve the growing community.

Fredrick Coates-Radziwon

Treasurer

Fredrick (he/him) was born in Drumheller but grew up in Edmonton. While in Edmonton, Fredrick sat on the board of directors in the Edmonton pride community council for 4 years. He also holds a bachelor's of business management from MacEwan University. 

 

Fredrick moved back to Drumheller with his partner of 12 years in the fall of 2009 and became the first same-sex couple to get married there in 50 years during the summer of 2015.

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Garret Ingram

Indigenous Liaison

Garrett (he/they) is a Metis, Two-Spirit person living here in Red Deer.

 

Garrett is getting his Sociology Degree in Sex and Gender across Culture and is the Two-Spirit Coordinator and Youth Mentor with the Red Deer Native Friendship Society as well as the Indigenous Liaison for the Red Deer Queer Community Association.

Trina Penner 

Youth Coordinator

(Adult Representative)

Trina (she/her) is a fierce ally and advocate for the LGBTQ2S community. She believes in using her status and voice as a cisgender straight person to amplify and support folx within the community.  Trina is a teacher in the RDPSD. Trina assists with her school-based QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) group as well as serving on the district SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity) committee.

 

Trina attained her Masters' distinction in 2015 with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Trina has years of Fine Arts experience. She has directed Musicals, coached provincial winning Improvisation teams, created and taught in her Dance program as well as produced dance shows, choreographed dance numbers within the community, and jumped back into acting as an adult within community-based shows.

 

Trina is passionate about learning and wishes to continue making this world a decent place for everyone along with her family. 

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Maia Johnson

Youth Coordinator

(Youth Representative)

Maia (she/they) is the volunteer youth advocate for the RDQCA.

In this position she hope to show the queer youth of Red Deer and surrounding areas that there is a community waiting for them with open arms; as well as bringing new and creative ideas to the table.

 

They've been involved in team activities for several years, such as guiding, choir, and D&D, and plan to utilize both the skills she's acquired through those activities as well as their creative thinking to help her thrive in this position.