The Boring Little Girls Club is now a registered society!! The BLGC's Board of Directors takes care of strategic and planning decisions including policies, procedures and funding.
Our Founder & Club President, Kira, who is the Chair of our Board!!
Born in Toronto, living in Calgary, Kira Dunlop’s done a few things in her 25 years. She’s dropped out of university three times, figured out that her alcohol and drug use were taking her down a dark path, fallen in love with Alberta and found out that her voice matters.
Founding the Boring Little Girls Club in November 2018, Kira’s on a mission to bring women, non-binary and trans folks together to create a community that focuses on having fun without alcohol and drugs. Unapologetically loud, and an intersectional feminist, Kira’s ready to shout her story from the tallest building in Calgary in the hope that it will remind others that they are not alone.
Outside of the Boring Little Girls Club, Kira is a full-time student at Athabasca University, getting her Bachelor of Commerce. She is also the co-founder of K2 Speaker Series with Kat Black and sits at the Talk Alcohol YYC table for the BLGC. Kira and her partner Mack recently launched Circle MK, where they produce hand-forged rustic and refined knives and sheathes.
Please welcome Donna Chanthasiry, who is one of our amazing directors and our treasurer!
Donna Chanthasiry is one of the original members of the club from 2019 when it all started. She gives back by participating on the executive board as Treasurer for the BLGC, comes from a background of 8 years in bookkeeping, administration & 3 years of board experience. She currently serves in the community as a trauma-informed Registered Dental Assistant. Her sobriety maintenance since April 2015 includes fitness, motorcycle riding, personal development & SMART Recovery.
Donna grew up with an alcoholic single parent, which lead to neglect, physical, mental & emotional abuse during her childhood and adolescent years. After foster care, reunited with her mother in hopes for positive youth life changes. Unfortunately, the damage was done and what came later were 15 years of alcoholism and substance use in adulthood. While struggling with addiction, life became a balance of 'work hard, play harder', she became a high-functioning alcoholic soon finding her rock bottom, a catalyst to life in recovery.
Today, Donna strives on positively changing her environment by exercising resilience from day-to-day. She builds on living a healthy lifestyle and surrounding herself with loving, supportive friends, family & colleagues. In turn, she supports others on a path to wellness with the BLGC, where a community of strong, unique & compassionate individuals learn new ways to love life independent of alcohol.
Please welcome Kat Black, who is one of our amazing directors and our secretary!
Kat Black serves as Secretary for the BLGC, and is currently enrolled in the Holistic Nutrition Program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. She retired from drinking November 25th, 2017.
Kat met Kira soon after and a close friendship ensued. Kat believes support is the name of the game when removing any type of dependency in your life. Especially within those who have gone through a similar experience.
Kat’s life up to the point that she stopped drinking was quite manic and untethered. She’d previously held careers in television production, advertising and fundraising. Only up until she stopped drinking in 2017 did she realize what was missing from her life - purpose.
Since then, she’s gotten herself a one-way ticket into the magical world of health & wellness. She received her yoga certification in 2020 and loves to incorporate its beautiful practice throughout her journey. A more holistic approach in her readjustment to life without alcohol is what Kat is currently working towards in continuing to support her journey and others.
Kat believes in the importance and significance of an organization like the BLGC who offers such a beautiful and unique opportunity for community to come together and enjoy life alcohol free.
Please welcome Tally Nixon, who is one of our amazing directors!
Tally Nixon is a mom to two passionately spicy children, a sister to her best friend, a daughter with wonderful parents and a fierce friend to many. Her passion is working with communities to improve mental health and connection.
She has worked at Alberta Health Services for 19 years in substance use and mental health services and is currently on the Community Health Promotion Services team as a Health Promotion Facilitator. Priorities are to increase community connection, shift attitudes and beliefs around substance use and mental health and to promote positive mental health.
Being a member of the Board with Boring Little Girls Club is an honor!