Board of Directors
Lambda Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors
President - Dr. Barbara Freeman
Vice-President - Dr. L Chris Fox
Treasurer - Mr. Tuan Vu
Secretary - Dr. Michael Graydon
Director of the Board - Dr. Meryn Stuart
Director of the Board - Jefferson Morris IV
Director of the Board - Patrizia Gentile
Directof of the Board - Cameron George Aitken
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
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.
Chris holds a BA and MA in English from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in English from the University of Victoria (2010). Her primary scholarly interests are in women’s, queer, and Canadian literatures and she has published in Ariel, Atlantis, Studies in Canadian Literature, The Malahat Review, and Canadian Literature as well as in various Queer community newspapers. She was an activist in Toronto’s early feminist and gay movements. She currently lives in Victoria and is the principal editor of Fox Edits, an editing service specializing in academic writing. Chris is married to Canadian author, Arleen Paré, first winner of Lambda Foundation’s Candis Graham award (UVIC).
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 is a very social and friendly individual.
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.
Born in Vancouver in 1945, Bill graduated from Britannia High School and went on to UBC where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) in 1969, the year he married Barbara. In 1971, he returned to UBC for a year in Business Education, in which he found his calling. His first teaching position was in Mackenzie, BC, followed by a stint in Saanich, and finally settling in North Vancouver, where he taught high school business courses for 25 years. Helping educate and guide young people has been incredibly satisfying to Bill. He is especially proud of a work experience programme he developed for at-risk teenagers which resulted in countless students not only finding a suitable career, but most importantly, gaining the self-esteem which is so often missing in such young people and which is so important to success in all areas of life.
After Bill's marriage dissolved in 1986, he met Edward Poole. Bill and Edward shared a rich life together until Ed's recent passing, including close relationships with their four children and nine grandchildren. Bill still lives on bucolic Salt Spring Island and operates 'Birdsong', a successful bed and breakfast. He has served as a very busy substitute teacher at Gulf Islands Secondary School, education and mentoring the fine young people of today. In addition, Bill enjoys listening to opera, renovating the house, gardening, traveling and socializing with family and friends. Bill is also very active in the gay community. He is a past president, and current secretary, of GLOSSI (Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island) as well as sponsor of the Gay Straight Alliance of GISS (the aforementioned high school).