Our STORY

We are a Calgary-based not-for-profit organization.

Having observed the barriers and stigma that transgender and gender creative youth experience and wanting to change those narratives, the Skipping Stone Foundation was formed to give youth positive and affirming opportunities surrounding their gender identity. 

Our name originates from the idea that acts of kindnesses have a profound and far reaching impact like water ripples away from a skipping stone.

 

Our BOARD

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AMELIA MARIE NEWBERT, President

Amelia is passionate about making the world a better place through advocacy, community building, and art. She has served as co-president of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA) and chairperson of Fierte Canada Pride's national Stand4Trans initiative and has collaborated with numerous organizations from the Alberta Human Rights Commission to Camp fYrefly. She actively presents on a variety of topics including diversity & inclusivity, human rights and mental health.

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LINDSAY PEACE, vice president

Lindsay is the proud parent of three sons, one of whom is transgender. Through this experience she has become an strong advocate and voice for transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. In addition, she provides regular and direct peer support to families with transgender and gender creative children and is an active member of TESA.

JOY BOWEN-EYRE

Joy is an advocate for children and youth and has spent 22 years working in not-for-profit social service agencies with some of Calgary's most vulnerable youth. She is also an avid supporter of public education. She was elected as a Trustee with the Calgary Board of Education in 2010 and has served as the Board Chair since 2014. She is a strong ally and voice for the LGBTQ2+ community and believes in inclusivity and community collaboration in order for youth to thrive.

KIERSTEN MOHR

Kiersten is a professional Geologist with extensive experience in the Oil and Gas industry. She is also a board member with Airdrie Pride and is in the process of developing and implementing a ‘Safe Places’ program in the City of Airdrie. As a transgender women, she hopes that her visibility and voice can help promote positive public awareness, understanding and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals. She shares her life with her loving partner and two beautiful children who have been with her every step of the way.

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ASHLEIGH YULE, MA RPSYCH

Ashleigh is a Registered Psychologist specializing in child and adolescent mental health with a focus in LGBTQ2+ health. She holds a Master’s degree in School and Applied Child Psychology from McGill University and is currently completing her PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary where her dissertation research focuses on gender creativity in individuals on the autism spectrum. She is a member of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, and TESA and regularly works with gender creative children, transgender youth, and their families.