KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE

Our Team

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

Executive Director Raegan SwansonRaegan 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.

Email: executivedirector@clga.ca

This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.

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Administrative Assistant: Carmen Tang, B.A.Sc. (Hons)

Photo of CarmenCarmen serves as the Administrative Assistant. She has started as a volunteer at the CLGA in 2015, as assistant to the Volunteer + Community Outreach Coordinator. For years she has been volunteering at many non-profit organizations and events across Toronto, supporting a variety of causes and giving back to the community. She is currently working on her Master of Teaching degree at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Email: admin@clga.ca

This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.

Guardians of the Archives logo

Community Outreach Coordinator: Jennifer Aja Fernandes, BA

Photo of JenniferJennifer serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator.  She holds a BA from McGill University.  She has worked as a Youth in Transition Worker with Supporting Our Youth at Sherbourne Health Centre, and as a Programmer at the Studio with LGBTQ2+ youth.  She is an experienced coordinator and youth worker with a history of working in child welfare, community health care, and the LGBTQ2+ community.  She is currently a volunteer with the Notso Amazon Softball League as the Equity and Outreach Coordinator.  Jennifer is a connector and networker, and enjoys creating community, sharing education, and supporting positive spaces.  Jennifer is also a writer, a pianist, and a piano teacher.

Email: outreach@clga.ca

This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.

Guardians of the Archives logo

Archivist: Lucie Handley-Girard, BA (Hons), MI

Photo of LucieLucie serves as Archivist. She holds a BA and a Masters of Information both from the University of Toronto. In the summer of 2016 she was the Archives Assistant at the CLGA, and has previously worked in records management. 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 and the Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

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Archives Assistant: Charly Wreggitt, BA, MA, MI

Charly WreggittCharly serves as the Archives Assistant. She has previously served as an Archives Assistant and Collections Volunteer at CLGA since the summer of 2017. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and an MA from McMaster University, both within the field of Gender and Feminist Studies. She also holds a Masters of Information, collaborative degree in Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto.

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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

Executive Director Raegan SwansonRaegan 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.

Email: executivedirector@clga.ca

This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.

Guardians of the Archives logo

Administrative Assistant: Carmen Tang, B.A.Sc. (Hons)

Photo of CarmenCarmen serves as the Administrative Assistant. She has started as a volunteer at the CLGA in 2015, as assistant to the Volunteer + Community Outreach Coordinator. For years she has been volunteering at many non-profit organizations and events across Toronto, supporting a variety of causes and giving back to the community. She is currently working on her Master of Teaching degree at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Email: admin@clga.ca

This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.

Guardians of the Archives logo

Community Outreach Coordinator: Jennifer Aja Fernandes, BA

Photo of JenniferJennifer serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator.  She holds a BA from McGill University.  She has worked as a Youth in Transition Worker with Supporting Our Youth at Sherbourne Health Centre, and as a Programmer at the Studio with LGBTQ2+ youth.  She is an experienced coordinator and youth worker with a history of working in child welfare, community health care, and the LGBTQ2+ community.  She is currently a volunteer with the Notso Amazon Softball League as the Equity and Outreach Coordinator.  Jennifer is a connector and networker, and enjoys creating community, sharing education, and supporting positive spaces.  Jennifer is also a writer, a pianist, and a piano teacher.

Email: outreach@clga.ca

This position has been made possible by our individual donors and the Guardians of the Archives.

Guardians of the Archives logo

Archivist: Lucie Handley-Girard, BA (Hons), MI

Photo of LucieLucie serves as Archivist. She holds a BA and a Masters of Information both from the University of Toronto. In the summer of 2016 she was the Archives Assistant at the CLGA, and has previously worked in records management. 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 and the Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

Canada watermark

Archives Assistant: Charly Wreggitt, BA, MA, MI

Charly WreggittCharly serves as the Archives Assistant. She has previously served as an Archives Assistant and Collections Volunteer at CLGA since the summer of 2017. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and an MA from McMaster University, both within the field of Gender and Feminist Studies. She also holds a Masters of Information, collaborative degree in Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto.

CONTACT US


Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@clga.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:
Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@clga.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make the CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front of the house. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make the CLGA more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@clga.ca

Update – Sep 27, 2018: The front door is currently not accessible due to construction. Please use the back door until further notice.


The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The CLGA strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.