The man behind one of Canada’s fastest growing Pride festivals in Canada is Jason Kingsley, 35, a current UCalgary student who is enrolled in a master’s program at the Werklund School of Education. We’re not quite sure how he’s managing to dance between school, a full-time job at Bow Valley College, numerous side hustles, volunteer commitments and a marriage, but there you have it!
Any advice for other students? Lean into your discomfort and challenge your own perceptions.
Biggest heroes? Individuals who have taken a stand against the marginalization and oppression of others. They have often done so at risk to their own personal safety, and have all too often been erased or left out of the history of our communities.
A guilty pleasure? Eating Nutella right out of the jar. Incredibly unhealthy, but even more incredibly delicious!
What do you wish you knew more about? Culinary arts. I have a passion for food, and like to consider myself a self-proclaimed foodie. While not terrible in the kitchen, I definitely wish I was more skilled.
What are you currently reading? I am currently reading Human Communication as Narration: Toward a Philosophy of Reason, Value, and Action by Walter Fisher, which is related to my work and education (but not required). For fun, I am starting my make my way through Dune by Frank Herbert.
What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you? Being in the right place at the right time which is how I met my loving husband. Then a few years later being in the right place at the right time again to meet our “furbaby,” Tux, our German shepherd-border collie-cross puppy.