The CLGA functioned as an entirely volunteer organization for the first 30 years. This is an important part of our history, but we are also grateful for a growing team of dedicated and passionate staff team.
Executive Director: Raegan Swanson, BA (Hons), MI
Raegan serves as the Executive Director. She holds a BA from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool. She has worked as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and as the Archival Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick. She is currently working on her PhD focusing on the role of community archives in Aboriginal and Inuit communities. She is member of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives Taskforce to respond to the “Calls to Action” Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.
Volunteer + Community Outreach Coordinator: Jade Pichette, BSW, MSW
Jade serves as the Volunteer + Community Outreach Coordinator. They started at the CLGA as the Volunteer Coordinator. Jade is an anti-oppressive educator, who has worked as an advocate in LGBTQ2+ communities for over ten years. They have previously worked at Kind (formerly Pink Triangle Services) in Ottawa as the Education Programs Coordinator, and has worked with over 50 different organizations across Ontario to develop queer and trans inclusive policies. Jade is an avid lover of history and in particular has interest in trans and bi erasure in LGBTQ2+ communities, LGBTQ2+ Interfaith work, and continuing to challenge their own position of white-privilege.
This project has been made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Development Coordinator: Caitlin Smith
Caitlin serves as the Development Coordinator. She has been a fundraiser for 15 years, most recently at the Aga Khan Museum, in addition she has worked at Casey House, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and PEN Canada. Caitlin holds a BA in Communications from Concordia University and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University. She has also studied Book Publishing at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Caitlin is a fervent bibliophile, who indulges in her lunch hour with the many duplicate books surrounding her at the Archives.
This project has been made possible in part by the Lawrence Family Foundation.
Archivist: Lucie Handley-Girard, BA (Hons), MI
Lucie serves as Archivist. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto, iSchool. In the summer of 2016 she was the Archives Assistant at the CLGA. She has also previously worked in records management and as a student at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation’s Maynard Sam George Library with the Indigenous-based Brian Deer classification system. Lucie also currently serves as Digital Archivist for The Family Camera Network. Her research interests include community archives, archival performativity, and archives as spaces for activism, resistance, and identity formation.
This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.