Cape Breton Youth Project
Madonna is a grassroots community organizer originally from New Waterford with a long history of activism and volunteerism. She has been a vocal advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, the LGBTQ community and child poverty in Cape Breton. Her passion for change has led her to be a candidate for the NDP in the last 2 provincial elections. After 5 incredible years working for the Ally Centre of Cape Breton, Madonna is excited to join the Youth Project team and continue to fight for change on her island. On a personal note, Madonna raised three sons on her own and is engaged to marry the woman she of her dreams. She loves her dogs, endless cups of tea and watching Doctor Who.
As the Program Coordinator, Magda is responsible for the coordination of all programs, including all the incredible volunteers that help make these events happen! Our monthly programming includes drop-ins, gender creative kids hangout, music jam night, transformers, Connect the Dots and more! Magda also coordinates the Youth Project’s Camp Seahorse and Camp Coyote, along with special annual events such as the Youth Drag show, Queer Prom and all YP Pride events! One of Magda’s favourite parts of their role is working with the Youth Board to ensure that the YP is relevant and that the voices of the youth are heard!
Magda was born and raised on Vancouver Island, on the traditional and unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. Magda loves their mom, the great outdoors, roller derby, Disneyland, travelling and events where food is involved. They have been working with youth and young adults since 2009, in capacities ranging from university residence, anti-violence projects, summer camps, after school programs, inclusion facilitation, community justice and sports teams.
Support Services Manager
As the Support Services Manager, Gabriel provides resources, referrals, and supportive counseling to youth and families. Counseling sessions may be conducted over the phone/skype, here at the Halifax office, or out in the community. You can book an appointment online here.
Gabriel moved around Canada and the United States while growing up, but now calls Halifax home. They have been involved in queer and trans community organizing since coming out as a queer youth in rural Nova Scotia. Over the past several years, they have been involved in organizing for workers’ rights, anti-poverty community organizing, and municipal politics. In their spare time they attend local drag shows, take naps with their elderly cat, and contemplate the beauty of the a world without capitalism.
Heather Baglogle (she/her)
Heather’s work as the Education Coordinator involves several different channels. She schedules and plans workshops and professional development sessions for the education team and works to support the Community Educators in their roles. She collaborates with the Department of Education on curriculum, teacher capacity, and resource development. She also oversees various education projects meant to support and affirm queer and trans youth from grades P-12. You can find her in classrooms, at conferences, at Youth Project events, or hiding behind her desk in the office.
Heather was born and raised on a little farm in Prince Edward Island, and moved to Halifax in 2014 to pursue her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Mary’s University. Heather is an educator with a passion for all things sexuality & gender, as well as theatre and history studies. She is on the board of directors for Halifax Pride and heads the Programming Committee. She is a lover of tea, cats, and super gay YA novels.
Nik Basset (they/them)
As a Community Educator, Nik predominantly presents to students across the province in grades primary to twelve on topics such as respect, kindness, diversity, gender, sexuality and queer-specific issues like homophobia and transphobia. They also facilitate workshops and professional development for teachers, community organizations, and workplaces, project lead educational resource development, and are occasionally present at programs.
Originally from Winnipeg, Nikki moved to Halifax in 2018 after completing their M.A. at the University of Windsor. With the training to provide non-judgemental, empathetic, and survivor-centered emotional support, they are passionate about holding space, active listening, and taking care. In their spare time, they contribute to their blog not your boys club, host a radio show, make zines, and take their pup for long walks around the north end.
Luna LeFort (she/her)
Luna is from Cape Breton, and has been volunteering in 2SLGBTQ+ education and activism work since she was a teenager. She continued this trend and began working in Francophone-Acadian educational work in New-Brunswick, with River of Pride Moncton and the FJFNB. She loves nothing more than combing the two passions, and introducing intersectionality to those communities. She loves cheesy fantasy and romance novels, old-school role-playing games, and playing music. She is a bassist, naturally.