Michael was born in Toronto and grew up near Don Mills in North York. After coming out in high school Michael sought out opportunities to volunteer with LGBTQ2S+ student groups, community organizations and businesses to raise awareness of queer identity and diverse initiatives across Canada. A year after coming out, Michael's own family marched beside Toronto Pflag at the Toronto Pride Parade to show their support and allyship - it left a lasting impact. Michael joined Toronto Pflag's board of volunteers in 2010 to help enhance our charity profile, produce fundraising events, sustain peer-support services and offer his own allyship to volunteers navigating critical issues faced by LGBTQ2S+ families.
Giselle’s lifelong passion for helping others began at age 14, when she volunteered at a children’s center to engage with severely disabled youth. Over the past 40 years, she has enjoyed volunteering with many organizations. Giselle and her husband Alan are the proud parents and vocal allies of three unique adult children, two of whom are LGBTQ2S+. One is trans and one is gay. They also have two precious grandchildren (so far). Giselle chairs the Support & Education Committee. Through Toronto Pflag, she focuses on keeping families together by offering her experience, support and compassion to LGBTQ2S+ folks and their families, and by educating people on LGBTQ2S+ issues. She often takes that further and meets/speaks with parents one-on-one. Giselle also co-facilitates TRANSceptance, a monthly peer support group for parents of trans folks, hosted by CTYS. When Giselle is not volunteering and advocating for the LGBTQ2S+ community, she runs a personal training business and spends as much time as possible with her precious family.