Why We Do This Work
Canada is a leader in reducing LGBTQ+ discrimination.
Seventy-three countries still consider same-sex relationships illegal. In seven of these countries, same-sex acts are punishable by death. In almost all countries, transphobic laws limit the freedom to act in ways that do not conform to the roles and expectations that are culturally determined by a person's sex at birth.
The health, freedom and safety of students are at risk.
About 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ2S.
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are five times more likely to consider suicide, and seven times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.
The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as LGBTQ is three times higher than heterosexual youth.
66% percent of BEd grads from the past five years say they were not prepared for SOGI-inclusive education.
Homophobia and transphobia affect all students whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or not.
Change is needed now as much as ever.
For students, the newly emerging anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment that they see in social media and North American politics only emphasizes some of their struggles to come to terms with their own sexual orientation and gender identity.
School might be the only place a student feels safe to be their authentic self. For youth who don’t experience a sense of belonging at home, a teacher could be the one supportive adult that helps them feel valued. When a student feels connected to their school, they have a higher chance of graduating, are less likely to experience substance abuse and experience better mental health into young adulthood. ARC Foundation is committed to a long-lasting and far-reaching approach to changing the experience of youth one school at a time.
There is so much great work already being done. However, many experts are working in isolation and institutional silos, grossly limiting the potential impact we could have on students’ lives. At ARC Foundation, we create and co-fund breakthrough collaboration models for bringing everyone together for accelerated and sustainable change.
To create a common language for unprecedented conversations
To combine expertise for greater impact and innovation
To give leaders a collective voice and larger audience
To create a movement for change in which newcomers feel welcome
Because we are stronger together
Let us introduce ourselves.
Brad Beattie, Executive Director (He/Him/His)
Brad is an experienced leadership and operations professional with over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including leadership roles at VANOC, Canadian Cancer Society, and Reconciliation Canada. His experience focuses on building capacity in teams to achieve community impact through inspirational story sharing, collaborative and timely issue-resolution processes, and effective workforce engagement strategy and tools. Brad was engaged as the part-time Executive Director of ARC Foundation in August 2015. SOGI-inclusive schools and classrooms are important to Brad and his husband, 14-year-old daughter and her two moms.
heather vause, Director, community engagement (she/her/hers)
Heather is a strategic leader with multifaceted community engagement experience, joining ARC Foundation from RBC. She is a passionate collaborator, innovator, and relationship builder. Heather is a community champion with a strong interest in creating systemic change to support students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In her role of Director, Community Engagement, Heather leads community partnerships, fundraising and communications functions nationally for ARC Foundation.
Tim Carpentier, director, sogi 1 2 3 (he/him/his)
Tim has been promoting gender justice and human rights for over 10 years with domestic and international NGOs. Tim has worked for Save the Children, Plan International, Girl Guides of Canada, and served on the Board of Directors for Amnesty International Canada (English Speaking) for two terms. He holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA from the University of Groningen, and joins ARC Foundation as Director, SOGI 1 2 3 where he will lead the SOGI 1 2 3 strategy and operations across Canada.
maria foo, director, finance and administration (she/her/hers)
Maria is a multifaceted, strategic and tactical Financial Operations leader with 20 years of progressive experience encompassing diverse industries including tourism, technology startup, golf and logistics. Known as a “solution expert”, Maria brings expert business advice drawn from a long career record of assisting companies in achieving success. Maria has been working with ARC Foundation since March 2019 and is responsible for developing and managing ARC Foundation’s finance, operations and human resources strategies.
Scout Gray, SOGI 1 2 3 Lead (they/them/theirs)
Scout is a non profit manager and youth engagement specialist with a passion for community engagement and fostering positive social change. They have a background in facilitation and experiential education, and they have a deep commitment to supporting inclusive and collaborative programs. Scout is responsible for leading SOGI 1 2 3 programming in BC and Alberta.
ikreet randhawa, administrative coordinator (he/him/his)
Ikreet has a background in non profit administration. As the Admin Coordinator, he works closely with the Executive Director, and is responsible for creating and maintaining administrative procedures that drive ARC’s day to day operations. He also provides administrative support to program staff and board members as needed. Ikreet is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and is passionate about creating systemic change to support students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Alexandra Emery, Project coordinator (She/her/hers)
Alexandra has a background in community organizing and she is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Alexandra started as a summer intern with ARC Foundation in 2018 and now supports key evaluation and planning processes for SOGI 1 2 3, as well as community research, fundraising, and communications for ARC Foundation, around her school work. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and a current student, Alexandra knows firsthand the importance of fostering safe and inclusive classrooms for learners of all sexual orientations and gender identities.