Board of Directors
President - Nicola Spurling
Nicola Spurling is a public figure, a small business owner, a political commentator, an LGBTQ2+ advocate, an affordable housing advocate, and the founder of Tri-Cities Pride. With experience in project management, construction, sales, economics, research and marketing, Nicola brings a unique variety of skills to the table. She is a director on the Vancouver Pride board, where she chairs the Outreach committee, she successfully petitioned city hall for a rainbow crosswalk in Coquitlam, and she looks forward to fostering pride, acceptance, and celebration, of diversity and intersectionality, in the Tri-Cities.
Vice President - B. West
West is a community advocate with a passion for media arts. He advocates for stronger supports for queer students and youth in schools, and helps build commonality through the creation of community arts.
Member-At-Large - Rory Erickson
Rory Erickson is an advocate for youth and currently leads and supports youth-led programming for LGBTQ2+ youth in the Tri-Cities. He is invested in the development of SOGI initiatives in education, and he strives to facilitate well-informed engagement within schools and at home. With education at the core of our communities, Rory intends to support the Tri-Cities Pride Society in creating a safer and more inclusive Tri-Cities.
Treasurer - Brett Collins
Brett is a former researcher whose work focused on accessibility to post-secondary education for members of the LGBT2SQ+ community. Brett’s research ranged from archival sifting to field work.
Leraar, Milo; Collins, Brett; Danyliuk, Toby; McMillan, Marnie; Burdett, Angela; Yard, Jaime. “It’s Not about the Washroom: Reflections on Public Anthropology in Place” paper presented at Solidarit(i)és: CASCA & SANA 2016 Annual Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 11-15, 2016.
Brett has also aided and presented workshops for educators and students.
Secretary - Bonita Zarillo
Bonita is a Coquitlam city councillor. Since being elected in 2013 she has been advocating for equality in city services and budgets. Her work on equality includes chairing the Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee for the city of Coquitlam, and the Council Representative to the Library Board. Bonita also sits as a member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Relations Committee. Bonita volunteers and supports a number of not-for-profits in the community and is excited about the opportunity to work on raising the profile of gender inequities in the community. Bonita moved to Coquitlam in 2010 and is married with 3 daughters.
Tri-Cities Pride Society acknowledges that it operates on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish First Nations Peoples. We are fortunate to live, work, and play on the unceded territories of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwitlem), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), Qayqayt, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations; these people continue to feel the costs of our occupation of their lands – we strive to fulfill the call of reconciliation as exemplified within the report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.