Our efforts would amount to little without the countless educators who laid the foundation for this work, as well as those who now contribute to the SOGI Educator Network in BC and Alberta, and those who have taken it upon themselves to change, innovate, and lead within their schools and districts. These educators are principals, vice-principals, teachers, librarians, and more. Many are from educational associations and organizations who have been doing this work for a long time and who we are now privileged to have as formal partners in SOGI 1 2 3. We believe strongly that success is built in collaboration with provincial education partners.
SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education; BC Teachers’ Federation; school districts across BC; UBC Faculty of Education; education partners; and various local, national, and international LGBTQ+ community organizations. ARC Foundation is a private foundation based in Vancouver, BC, with virtual teams in other provinces. Established in 2007, ARC Foundation supports projects that (1) make the general population aware of the issues and impact of prejudice, (2) create an environment of respect through education, and (3) develop the capacity within those less tolerant for understanding and acceptance.
Many people have supported this work in so many ways. Thank you to the individuals and volunteers who have offered their time and talents to this effort. Thank you as well to those who have financially supported SOGI 1 2 3 activities and participating educational districts. They include many individual donors as well as ARC Foundation, BC Ministry of Education, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, The Stollery Charitable Foundation, Edmonton Community Foundation, Robert L. Conconi Foundation and the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund.
SOGI 1 2 3 Staff
A small leadership team works in collaboration with partners and volunteers to oversee and implement SOGI 1 2 3 initiatives.
Brad Beattie, Executive Director (He/Him/His)
Brad is an experienced leadership and operations professional with over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including leadership roles at VANOC, Canadian Cancer Society, and Reconciliation Canada. His experience focuses on building capacity in teams to achieve community impact through inspirational story sharing, collaborative and timely issue-resolution processes, and effective workforce engagement strategy and tools. Brad was engaged as the part-time Executive Director of ARC Foundation in August 2015. SOGI-inclusive schools and classrooms are important to Brad and his husband, 14-year-old daughter and her two moms.
Lizzie Gross, CPHR, National Program Lead (She/Her/Hers)
Lizzie is a Certified Professional in Human Resources Professional (CPHR) with ten years of experience within people engagement and program operations in Canada and the UK. As the National Program Lead for ARC Foundation since August 2015, Lizzie provides operational support for SOGI 1 2 3 in British Columbia and leads the national functions of communication, evaluation and people operations. Lizzie is the Provincial Operations Lead for Alberta and coordinates the Alberta SOGI Educator Network with the three founding Edmonton-based school districts.
Matt Carruthers, BC SOGI Education Lead (He/Him/His)
Matt is currently on secondment from his role as Principal in Delta School District to take on the one-year position of BC SOGI Education Lead. This position was created by ARC Foundation and the Ministry of Education to lead the operations of SOGI 1 2 3 in British Columbia with a focus on the BC SOGI Educator Network that includes 51 out of 60 school districts. Matt works directly with SOGI District Leads in six regions across the province to facilitate peer-to-peer meetings and coach District SOGI Teams on SOGI education. Prior to this role, Matt has been a Principal in Delta School District for 13 years, working at three different elementary schools. He was also the Delta District SOGI Coordinator in 2015-16.