FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Born in Toronto, living in Calgary, Kira Dunlop’s done a few things in her 24 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, exuberant and a supporter of personal autonomy (as long as it doesn’t do harm), 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.
My name is Marie Ferraro. I'm 38, queer and sober. I'm originally from the interior of British Columbia but I now call Calgary home.
Getting sober and remaining that way was the hardest thing I've ever done. Years of excessive drinking and drugging had taken its toll and I was dying. I was left with two choices, I could blot out reality to the bitter end or choose another way of life. I'm happy to report I went with option number two.
I became a member of the Boring Little Girls Club because I firmly believe humans thrive when we are surrounded by like minded individuals. I felt there was a lack of visibility in Calgary's sober social scene. Sobriety is a vital act of self love that can leave us feeling isolated and invisible. We all need community.
The BLGC was created to shine a light on those who are looking for pals in the sober sphere. We are not a recovery group. We are not here to tell you how to live your life. We are just a group of rad sober babes doing rad stuff sober!
SERGEANT AT ARMS
Brandy is in charge of ensuring safety during events and to ensure all documentation and communications effectively communicate our mandate and purpose.
Brandy believes we all deserve a safe place we can be honest, share respectfully and be heard. Her professional background in crisis management and addictions counseling make her well suited for this role.
Brandy is from Binghamton, New York and has had the pleasure of living in Regina, Saskatoon, Tokyo, Sydney, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Victoria, and now Calgary, which she calls home.
Brandy began her recovery journey in 2002 and became the first person in her family to break the cycle of addiction. She understands that connection and community are the opposite of addiction and for that reason she passionately joined the BLGC.
INCLUSION & DIVERSITY LIASON
Kyle was born and raised in Edmonton, AB but got sober in Calgary in 2011.
They personally practice a program of abstinence with regards to drugs and alcohol, but strongly support all approaches to managing one’s relationship with substances.
As a nonbinary person, Kyle felt it was a struggle to connect and have their identity respected in typical recovery communities. Boring Little Girls Club has been that safe space for them to land and they are honoured to be the Inclusion and Diversity Liaison for the group.
The intention of the Inclusion & Diversity Squad is to make the BLGC a space where LGBTQ+, BIPoC, and Disabled folks feel safe and seen in sobriety. As the Inclusion & Diversity Liaison, Kyle is not the leader, but the person who communicates to the BLGC Leadership what it is that the squad says we need to make BLGC events, structure and leadership more accessible and reflective of our communities.
Apart from BLGC and recovery-focused activities, Kyle is also a Drag King, social worker, mama, endurance runner, and all around pal.
SOCIAL MEDIA BABE
Maya is the face behind all of the social media updates.
She is a Public Relations student at Mount Royal University who took interest in the BLGC after seeing it on Facebook.
While she isn’t sober herself, she prides herself on learning from those who are to provide content and help to those who need it. She was drawn to BLGC as a space to get away from the drinking/party culture of college. When she isn’t grabbing coffee with Kira to discuss content, she runs her own blog/youtube channel and plays hockey.
CAPTAIN OF SOBER SUPPORTERS (CSS)
Rebecca is a born and raised Calgarian and she is our head Sober Supporter. She isn’t sober 365 days of the year but she chooses to support her sober babe squad by understanding what those in recovery or living a sober life are going through and by creating and upholding safe spaces for them.
“Growing up in the Calgary rave scene, I am not a stranger to drugs and alcohol. Over the years I have seen the devastating impact that substances can have on people’s lives, especially in the party scene; and I truly believe that anyone can live a full and happy life substance free”.
Rebecca’s role is to engage and empower all boring little girls, and their friends and family to understand how to create safe spaces and how to strengthen relationships between all folks regardless of their relationship with sobriety. “I’m here to open up the dialogue with those who love and support their friends and family in sobriety!”