The Ten Oaks Project is a community-based, charitable organization led by a small staff team and volunteer board of directors.
- Lux – Executive Director
- Kymani Montgomery – Programs Manager
- Olivia Fogel – Programs Manager (on leave)
- Charlie Dazé – Community Engagement Coordinator
- Oliver Thorne – Families in Transition Facilitator
- Stephanie – Families in Transition Facilitator
- Riley – Families in Transition Facilitator
Board of Directors
Lux (they/them) is an Indo, queer, transfemme child of newcomers who has lived and worked in Treaties 6 and 7 prior to moving to unceded Algonquin territory to join the Ten Oaks Project team. They completed a Child and Youth Care Counsellor diploma at Mount Royal University and have spent over two decades working frontline and leadership positions with children, youth, and families. Lux has been honoured to receive Blackfoot and Cree teachings and strives to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being throughout their work. In their spare time, Lux enjoys all things drag, exploring and promoting local small businesses, and long walks with their dog Bougie.
Kymani (he / him) is a Black, queer, immigrant who has worked with children and youth for over 10 years. With a background in political science and education, Kymani strives to help children and youth have difficult conversations about racism, gender, sexuality, and class. He wants to bring recreation and camping to communities that have been historically shut out. Kymani has worked in both overnight and day camps in Canada, the USA, and Switzerland. In his free time, he enjoys video games, painting, unsuccessful baking, and reading Black feminist authors.
Olivia (she / they) first discovered the power and magic of camp as a teenager on a canoe trip in Temagami, Ontario, and has never looked back. Coming from a queer, blended family, she has become a committed advocate for community building, leadership development, and skill sharing. Olivia’s enthusiasm for outdoor instruction and social justice has taken her across Ontario, Eastern Canada, and internationally for work ranging from social enterprise, leadership training, therapeutic wilderness programming, and crisis intervention. Olivia considers herself a lifelong teacher and learner, and is so excited to be a part of the magic at Ten Oaks. Olivia’s favourite things include snuggling her dogs, sing alongs, growing, canning, and pickling vegetables, and the magic of rivers.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Charlie (they/them) is a trans, non-binary white settler residing on unceded Algonquin territory. They’ve attended CTO as a camp counsellor since 2019, and spent prior years working at equally amazing summer camps for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Newfoundland. They hold a BA in Human Rights and Social Justice from Carleton University, and a Graduate Certificate in Scriptwriting from Algonquin College. Charlie is deeply passionate about accessible healthcare for trans folks, also working part-time at MAX Ottawa with their Mental Health Navigation program. In their spare time Charlie loves everything outdoors, reading queer sci-fi/fantasy books, playing video games, and writing at unreasonable hours of the night.
Families in Transition Facilitator
Ollie (he/they) is a nonbinary Anglo white settler who resides on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory and hopes to be a professional student. Currently, he is completing his graduate program in Indigenous and Canadian studies at Carleton University after completing his BA in the same program in 2020. Ollie joined SAEFTY Ottawa as a facilitator in June 2018 and has since become an advocate for the depathologization of trans identities and for improved transition-related healthcare. He has also presented with SAEFTY on the national level at multiple conferences to spread awareness about SAEFTY’s CHEO Report. In his spare time, Ollie enjoys reading literature that challenges colonialism and capitalism, as well as trying new coffee shops.
Families in Transition Facilitator
Stephanie (she/her pronouns) is currently living on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People.
She’s a military veteran, having served with the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and with a tactical helicopter squadron. She was deployed, was a soldier with the Governor General’s Foot Guards, and was (and still is) an advocate for better anti-discriminatory policies, procedures and for positive cultural change.
As a civilian, she continues her advocacy, focusing more on the inclusion of trans sexual education, supporting and fighting for better sexual and reproductive accessibilities, and she is more recently acting as a doula for the trans community.
She volunteers with Ten Oaks and GMSH, and has been invited to speak about trans inclusion, sexual education, and for reproductive requirements with the Ottawa Dyke March, MAX Ottawa, and Action Canada.
Families in Transition Facilitator
Riley has been in love with camp since they were little. Riley has been working at Ten Oaks for a few years, and loves being able to see the campers challenge themselves and each other, form new connections and support one another. Riley has worked and volunteered extensively with 2SLGBTQ+ families and communities through participating in local pride committees, working with the Rainbow Diversity Institute as a consultant about 2SLGBTQ+ topics, and through research during their Master’s degree. Riley has also worked extensively with children with disabilities at summer camp and after-school programming. Riley has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Health and an MSc in Family Relations and Human Development with a focus on 2SLGBTQ+ families. Currently, Riley works as a Research Coordinator in midwifery research. Riley is committed to learning in growing in all that they do, and they are excited to learn from and with the amazing Ten Oaks community. When not working or thinking about camp, Riley is an avid baker, board gamer and puzzle builder, and loves the challenge of building Ikea furniture.
Rosella (she/her) is a Black/biracial, queer, first-generation settler living and working on unceded Algonquin Territory. She has worked as a strategic communications specialist across the non-profit sector for more than a decade and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree, with combined honours in Law, from Carleton University.
Rosella joined the board in 2019 – inspired by friends in the Ten Oaks Project (TOP) family and the organization’s vital work to ensure children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ communities thrive. As someone who is rarely, if ever, described as “outdoorsy,” Rosella was thrilled to discover what a joyful and affirming space TOP’s camp and other programs are for folks with all levels of outdoors experience. In her second term on the board, she’s passionate about strengthening the organization’s impact for young people and collaborations with other community organizations working for justice and safer, stronger communities. Alongside her duties as Vice-President, Rosella serves as a chair of TOP’s Fundraising Committee.
Sabrina (she/her) is a queer, South Asian, Muslim technology entrepreneur originally from Scarborough, now making Ottawa her home. She holds degrees in engineering, business and law and has served clients throughout North America. Sabrina loves to cook, travel and spend time with her partner and two energetic kids – a 2-legged teenager and 4-legged toddler.
As a new board member, she is committed to helping make Ten Oaks Camp accessible to all 2SLGBTQ+ children, youth and families, including those who come from marginalized and BIPOC communities.
Michelle (she/her) is an enthusiastic former camp kid. She believes strongly in the magic of youth and the outdoors. She first started volunteering with the Ten Oaks Project as part of the Ottawa Community Engagement Committee in 2019 and became a member of the Board in 2020. She works as a lawyer in the public service and holds a Master of Social Work degree. In her spare time, she loves hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and swing dancing. She lives in Ottawa with her amazing wife and is a proud aunt of seven niblings.
Tara (she/her) fell in love with Ten Oaks at the first Bowl-a-Thon she attended. Growing up she went to summer camps in Manitoba with a lot of mosquitos and not a lot of 2SLGBTQ+ celebration. She is so glad that children, youth and families now have a space like Ten Oaks.
In her day job Tara works as the National Representative on Domestic Violence at Work for the Canadian Labour Congress. A long-time activist, Tara previously worked at progressive think tanks and NGOs in Canada and in the United Kingdom. Her writing on gender, social justice, and 2SLGBTQ+ politics has appeared in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, CBC News, the Fabian Review and rabble.ca. Tara holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Public Policy and an MSc in Geography from the University of Oxford. She lives in Ottawa with her partner and their plants.
Miguel (he/him) is a Franco-Ontarian that has always called Ottawa his home. He joined the Board in the Fall of 2021, motivated from his experience of attending several camps in his childhood and working as a camp counsellor throughout early adulthood. Miguel is an active in several Ottawa-based inclusive organizations, including being a member of the Ottawa Wolves inclusive rugby club, the Ottawa Queer Softball League, and Gay Ottawa Volleyball. Professionally, Miguel works as policy analyst for the federal government and holds a B.Hum in Humanities and Religion, and M.A. in International Affairs. He is also a proud father of two.
Mike (he/him) moved to Ottawa in 2008 from Montréal, completing his Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration and pursuing a career in the Federal public service. Working primarily in children’s health promotion, he actively contributes to the healthy development of vulnerable and marginalized children, as well as their families. This has included promoting
He has been an active member of the Ten Oaks community since 2013 and currently serves as the community co-chair of the Ottawa Community Engagement Committee. Mike is passionate about current affairs and promoting human rights. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, video games, table-top role-playing games, cooking, cycling, going to the gym and classical music.
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Gaby (she/her) grew up going to camp every summer. She fondly remembers showing up to camp shy and cautious, and leaving with new-found confidence and energy. Gaby truly believes in the magical powers of play and the importance of having a safe space to try. She also remembers being one of the only kids of colour at camp, and how queerness was never something that was discussed and celebrated. As an adult, Gaby still holds onto her love of outdoor adventures, while also being committed to supporting the reframing of these spaces, by challenging our ideas of what they look like, who has access to them and who continues to be left out.
As a communications professional, Gaby has spent her career focused on amplifying voices and finding unique ways to communicate complex ideas. She has worked in the non-profit and private sectors, supporting organizations to shape their voice, expand their reach and grow their communities. She is thrilled to join the community at the Ten Oaks Project as a member of the Board, and to contribute to their efforts in providing a kind of space she would have cherished as a child.
Christian (they/them) is a trans nonbinary and queer white Indigenous student studying criminal justice and law at Carleton University, as well as a 2SLGBTQ+ community organizer on unceded Alongquin Anishnabeg territory. They are the founder and Lead Coordinator of the Rainbow Ottawa Student Experience (ROSE), an organization run by and for queer and trans post-secondary students which runs events and provides services for queer and trans youth such as advocacy, affirming gear distribution, and monthly picnic gatherings. Christian has a passion for abolitionist justice, criminal and human rights law, queer organizing, poetry, and cooking.