Member Profiles

Myriam Dumont is an elementary school teacher in Vancouver. She has been with PEN for three years and is also part of LGBTQ action group on the British Columbia’s Teachers Federation Committee for Action on Social Justice (CASJ). She also travels around the province giving workshops on a variety of social justice issues.

David Butler is an “out” teacher and education activist who became involved in anti-homophobia activism in Halifax in the mid 90’s. He is a member of the BC Teachers’ Federation- Committee for Action on Social Justice. He believes in the importance of being an ally to other marginalized groups.

james cJames Chamberlain has been an active member since 1991. He has taught Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Richmond, Vancouver and Surrey. James co-ordinated the LGBTQ programs at the BCTF from 2008 to 2012 and he is now a vice-principal with the Vancouver School Board.

Faune Johnson is a retired teacher, former GSA sponsor (2002-2008), member of PEN since 2002, facilitator for BCTF Social Justice workshops and parent workshops, member of writing team for Social Justice 12, proud supporter of human rights.

Shantel Ivits gained an interest in LGBT issues during her undergraduate degree at Trent University. She has since studied anti-oppressive education at the graduate level and earned a B.Ed. from UBC. She joined PEN to help make schools safe and welcoming for all students, especially those who identify as transgender.

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. Her work focuses on gender, sexuality and schooling; she has also been volunteering with anti-homophobia initiatives since she was 19. She loves the opportunity that PEN creates for people dedicated to more LGBTQ-friendly school climates to come together, share their expertise, and make a difference in our community.

noble1Noble Kelly has been an educator in BC since 1991 and has been advocating for LGBTQ rights, resources and support in education, both nationally and provincially. He has also been active as a member of the BCTF Committee for Action on Social Justice on both the LGBTQ and Global Ed action groups developing resources and providing workshops for teachers. He also founded and now runs Education Beyond Borders.