Meet the LSPIRG Team

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JAY RIDEOUT
COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR - Waterloo/Brantford
Jay is a white settler residing on the traditional territory of the Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral nations (as well as on the Haldimand Tract). They identify as a Tran non-binary queer person. They are passionate about a range of social justice and environmental issues and advocate for community and relationship building as a way to move towards a more inclusive future. They are always up for some conversations on anything and everything (as ranting is a pretty solid form of self-care). jay@lspirg.org

 
 

HANNAH BATTEN
VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR - Waterloo
Hannah is a queer femme white settler residing ont he traditional territory of the Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral nations (as well as on the Haldimand Tract). She finds grounding being outside and in poetry, and in creating movements and community that allow for our full selves to be present. Hannah strongly believe that we must root ourselves in the understanding of collective liberation and creating pathways to re-exist outside of the currently contexts of violence. Please know that she is available to talk about strategy and movements, life struggles, hold space for those well deserved rants and what you are trying to contextualize in your own journey and growth.  hannah@lspirg.org

Jaydene Lavallie
VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR - Brantford
Jaydene is a queer Michif-Cree woman who is always on the move. She finds strength in being around trees and other femme folks. She firmly believes that building community is just as important as direct action and embraces employing a diversity of tactics to achieve collective goals. Her door is always open to talk life, politics, social justice, or strategy. As a long term committed activist and a Laurier alumni who won campaigns on campus during her student years, she is always looking for new folks who want to start/keep learning and take action. jaydene@lspirg.org.

Toby Finlay
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - Waterloo
Toby is a white settler residing on the traditional territory of the Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral nations (as well as on the Haldimand tract). They are a queer, non-binary person who is involved in queer and trans political organizing and advocacy on Laurier’s campuses and in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. They are currently an undergraduate student at Laurier, studying Psychology and Sociology with interests in queer and feminist theory and community-based research. They believe that we can use research as a means to create and disseminate critical knowledge with the capacity to strengthen our communities and movements. They would love to have chats that fall anywhere on the spectrum from theory to action, and build relationships with folks who are passionate about this work. toby@lspirg.org