Board of Directors
Lambda Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors
President - Patrizia Gentile
Vice-President - Cameron George Aitken
Treasurer - Tuan Vu
Secretary - Michael Graydon
Director of the Board - Meryn Stuart
Director of the Board - Jefferson Morris IV
Director of the Board - Barbara Freeman
Director of the Board - Sara Bannerman
Other Lambda Leaders
Barbara M. Freeman
Barbara M. Freeman taught for close to 30 years in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is now an adjunct research professor, concentrating on media history, and gender and diversity in the news media, specifically a history of women in Canadian journalism, 1945-2000. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies, both from Carleton, and a Ph.D. in history from Concordia University in Montreal. She is the author of three media history books: Beyond Bylines: Media Workers and Women's Rights in Canada (2011); The Satellite Sex: The Media and Women’s Issues in English Canada, 1966-71 (2001) and Kit’s Kingdom: The Journalism of Kathleen Blake Coleman (1989). She has also written a number of articles and conference papers on lesbians and the media and is slowly building an oral history collection on that topic. She volunteers for a number of LGBTI and women's organizations, Lambda being her main focus these days. She lives in Ottawa most of the year and in Victoria, BC during the winter.
Tuan Vu is an associate actuary and a consultant in information system implementation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Mathematics from the University of New Brunswick; and a MBA from McGill University. He has worked in diverse industries including banking, insurance, hydroelectric utility, manufacturing, high tech, and public sector organizations.
Dr. Michael Graydon is an assistant professor of Sociology at Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. After working in the area of HIV prevention education at the community, provincial & federal levels for most of the 1990s, Michael returned to university to complete his undergraduate & graduate work at Carleton University in Ottawa. His graduate work was supported by funding from a Lambda scholarship. With his dissertation research Michael continued to consider queer community, completing an analysis & social history of the Gays of Ottawa organization 1971-1985. His ongoing interests include, social movements, community, masculinity, sexuality, and varied social histories.
Dr. Meryn Stuart is a feminist social historian whose primary research areas are in public health nursing in Ontario, nursing education and First World War military nursing. From 1993 until her retirement in 2010, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. During this time, she served as the Assistant Director of the School with responsibility for graduate students (1995-98) as well as Associate Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (2001-03). She was also the Director of the Nursing History Research Unit from 2005 – 2009. A former public health nurse who worked in southwestern Ontario and in Ottawa-Carleton, she was among the 100 recipients of the Canadian Nurses Association’s Centennial Award, created in 2008 to honour exceptional RNs whose work has had a positive impact on the profession. She is interested in supporting LGBTI youth and developing Lambda awards that provide educational support to university students doing research on LGBTI issues.
Jefferson Morris IV
Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Sociology, and Sexual Diversity Studies from McGill University, and in 2015/2016, he attended the University of Glasgow on full scholarship, graduating with honours with a Master of Science in Equality & Human Rights. He is passionate about social justice, (multicultural) feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, sexual health, education, youth empowerment, and sexual and gender diversity. He has a strong background in education (teaching English, instructing rural Peruvian youth about reproductive health, as a high ropes course facilitator, being a camp counselor for disadvantaged/troubled youth) and now works in Diversity and Inclusion Policy and LGBTQ2+ awareness for the federal public service.
Cameron George Aitken
Cameron hails from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and moved to Ottawa in 2012 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication Studies and Sociology from Carleton University.
These experiences motivated him to pursue his Masters of Arts in Gender Studies (2016-2017), funded by the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. His research focused on the potential for community within digital cruising applications used by MSM (men who have sex with men) populations in the Ottawa Valley.
He is an intrepid volunteer (having worked with Sault Pridefest, the Superior Heights GSA, the Sault Comedy Guild, and the CEU LGBT Club) and a former Educator with with the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity. He is looking forward to his time with Lambda and supporting LGBTQ2+ research in Canadian academia.
Patrizia is is an associate professor of human rights and sexuality studies at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University.
She co-authored The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation (UBC Press 2010) and also co-edited Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History (UofT Press 2013). She is currently finishing a manuscript titled "Queen of the Maple Leaf: Beauty Contests and Settler Femininity."
Sara Bannerman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University. She was a volunteer on the education committee for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity in 2017-2018. As a graduate student, she ran a Queer Grad Students’ Group in Ottawa from 2004-2009. Leading up to 2005, she took part in the activities of Canadians for Equal Marriage, and prior to that, she hosted and produced a weekly queer radio program called ‘Queer Street’ at Queen’s University between 1995 and 1998. She also founded and organized the Queen’s University’s Coming Out Discussion Group between 1996 and 1998, and served on the board of Queen’s University’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Association around the same time. Her academic research focuses on platform governance, privacy, and international copyright.