Camp fYrefly

The People

The success of Camp fYrefly depends on a team of dedicated community leaders working together in order to meet the needs of Youth Participants. The team is guided by the Camp Directors, who are responsible for the overall Camp administration, policies, communications, finances, and fund development of the program. The Camp Coordinator reports to the Camp Directors, organizes the delivery and development of Camp fYrefly, and is responsible for coordinating community events, fundraising opportunities, and year-round youth outreach. Finally, working with the Camp fYrefly Staff, the Institute's Administrative Secretary also reports to the Camp Directors on all matters that relate to the financial operation of the Camp.

iSMSS Faculty Directors, Camp Founders

Dr. André P. Grace
Dr. Kristopher Wells

fYrefly Program Coordinators

Claire Edwards - Edmonton Coordinator
Claire Edwards is a fourth generation settler on Treaty 6 territory. Over the past five years, she has been involved in a number of youth-focused social justice initiatives in Edmonton. In 2015 she served as chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council, representing Edmonton’s youth in the fight to make amendments to Bill 10, allowing all youth the right to create GSAs regardless of where they go to school. Additionally, Claire has worked in Washington D.C. as part of the reproductive rights movement, interning at NARAL Pro-Choice America and volunteering at a DC clinic. She has also earned a certificate in Labour Studies from the City University of New York’s Murphy Institute, and spent time working in the political education department of America’s largest union, 1199 SEIU. Claire is passionate about empowering young people with the skills to organize for justice in their communities. She is currently completing the final year of her BA in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta.

Hilary Mutch - Calgary Coordinator
Hilary Mutch (she/her) is an educator and Camp fYrefly Coordinator at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7 Territory including the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Stoney Nakoda and T’suu T’ina Nations as well as the Metis Nation Region III) and holds a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University. Before Camp fYrefly she spent four seasons working in overnight summer camps and running outdoor education programs for schools. As the LGBTQ+ Youth Programs and Education Coordinator she believes in bringing youth-centered, creative and anti-oppressive programming to participants. As part of the sex education team, she also loves to teach and talk about consent, LGBTQ identities, harm reduction and resisting stigma. Outside of her work, she’s passionate about nature, cycling, feminism, queer literature and film and hanging out with her cat.

Dr. Spencer J. Harrison – Ontario Director

Dr. Spencer J. Harrison wears many hats in his day-to- day life. He is a double award winning faculty member at OCAD University in the Drawing and Painting Department. He is a practicing artist with a studio open to the public in a Toronto District School Board high school in north Scarborough. Here Harrison paints and facilitates both the GSA and a Muslim women’s group. Spencer is the curator of the Why the @#&! Do You Paint exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, in Toronto. He is an equity advisor to the Toronto Chief of Fire Services. Dr. Harrison is the newly appointed, Ontario Director of Camp fYrefly, opening in 2017 in rural Ontario. Spencer is a human rights activist who lecturers nationally concentrating specifically on the LGBTQ youth community. The artwork of his Master’s was discussed in both subcommittee meetings and on the Floor of the House of Commons as primary research to change 70 human rights laws to include the LGBTQ community. University of Toronto described him as a scholar to watch with his innovative PhD dissertation being the first painted one in Canada. Spencer began his relationship with fYrefly as the Artist in residence in Edmonton and Saskatoon, and after completing his doctorate he has taken on the role of Ontario Director.