Jade Pichette, BSW, MSW
Educator, Coordinator and Consultant
I am an award-winning educator, with a specialty in equity and organizational change. I have been presenting on issues of diversity and inclusion for over 15 years. Most recently, I served as the Volunteer + Community Outreach Coordinator for the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives in Toronto. During my time there, the Outreach program won the Heritage Toronto Community Heritage Award.
I began my career in activism: In the mid-2000s, I was one of the founders of Trans Youth Ottawa, for which I received the Capital Xtra Youth Activist of the Year Award 2007. This work led me to pursue Bachelor of Social Work (Highest Honours) from Carleton University in 2010, and a Master of Social Work from Ryerson University in 2013.
I have worked with over 50 organizations throughout Ontario. My specialties include conflict resolution, LGBTQ2+ inclusivity, trans sensitivity training, and systemic diversity and inclusion plans.
“Jade worked with ETFO to co-create the LGBTQ Education Timeline poster and booklet. The LGBTQ Education Timeline is a historical timeline resource that educators can use with their students to learn about LGBTQ history, communities and education. Jade was responsive, engaging, positive, resourceful and very clear about what needed to be included in the timeline for educators. She was purposeful in what information would be of interest to educators and worked well with all ETFO members, staff and volunteers on this project. Jade is very willing to share ideas, concerns and solutions and isn’t afraid to share her knowledge and passion with others."
Adam Peer / Staff Officer / Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
“Jade Pichette's anti-oppression workshop was excellent. Our small group felt very intimate due to its size, but Jade was able to make us all feel like our space was being honoured and was made safe. The information provided was eye-opening and participants were able to challenge themselves on some complex issues not normally discussed in the tattoo workplace. We all have felt a lasting effect from Jade's time with us, and we have been practicing lateral conversations after learning about them in the class.
Jade taught us valuable skills for calling in over calling out, and for doing the work necessary when we find ourselves engaging in oppressive behaviour. My staff and our shop will all be better people for having met and learned from Jade."
Lizzie Renaud / Owner / Speakeasy Tattoo Studio