Kell Gerlings

RISE Manager East

(They/Them)

Born and raised in small-town Ontario, Kell took their first step into action when they moved across the country to attend UBC in Vancouver, on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. There, they studied what's wrong with the world and how to make it better, with a degree in political science and gender, race, sexuality and social justice. These studies took them to many places, both across the world and in their own personal journey. In the spring of 2016, they began to find their footing as a tenant organizer and anti-poverty activist, while also facilitating 2SLGBTQ+ workshops and going for many, many walks in the forest.

Mentored by some incredible community organizers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Kell worked in grassroots spaces for a few lifetimes (a few years), realizing their passion for bringing people together to create a plan and take action on community issues. With their partner and dog, they moved to Toronto recently to grow their ability to have tough conversations and inspire people to action with a master's degree in Adult Education and Community Development.

"Joining the Apathy is Boring team has given me the chance to bring all the lessons, skills, and learning I've done to a table full of incredible young people. I am so excited to support an organization that works to empower all young folks onto a journey of change-making."