Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of APIRG, made up of both U of A students and external community members. New directors are selected by the current board. Applications for our board are now closed. Stay tuned here and on our social media for openings!

Current Board


Merna Rachid (she/her)


Haley Ehl (she/her)

Luthfia Friskie (she/her)

Luthfia is a first generation settler in Edmonton, AB. She is entering the Library and Information Studies and Digital Humanities graduate program at the University of Alberta, drawing from a background in Anthropology and Film Studies. Her academic focus has been on creating community and connection through art, literature and film. Luthfia has worked and volunteered at a local non-profit community based movie theatre, as a workshop facilitator for inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre, a career counsellor for members of the public, and as a youth mentor. Her work will continue to focus on building community and empowering others to do so as well.

Jamie Zarn (they/them)

Jamie Zarn is a white settler living in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House), commonly known as Edmonton, AB, though raised in the traditional land of Niitsítpiis-stahkoii (Blackfoot territory) close to Airdire, AB. 
They graduated from University of Calgary in 2014 with a Bachelors of Social Work focussing on Anti-Oppressive Practice and Community Organizing. Since then, Jamie has worked with the older adults, children and young adults aiming to build community, equity and wellness in a variety of non-profit settings. They are passionate about Queer & Fat Liberation and centring Anti-Racism Practices within their Anti-Oppressive Framework. They have also supported and organized within multiple grassroots campaigns, including Indigenous food soverignty fundraising (Calgary Solidarity with Cyâle), fighting against cuts to PSE (Student Empowerment Committee), and various QTBIPOC led actions. Finally, they are passionate about Community Care, because Self Care isn’t enough. 
Jamie is stoked to share what they have learned about working in community and non-profits, while learning in an environment that embraces an Anti-Oppressive Lens. 

Abigail Isaac (she/her)

Abigail is a first generation Ethiopian-Canadian born in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton AB). As an Arts representative on the UofA Student’s Council with a background volunteering with various collectives that work to challenge the systemic barriers encountered by the different marginalized communities in our province, she is committed to ensuring a seat at the table for underrepresented identities on campus (particularly QTBIPOC individuals), in traditionally exclusive spaces. Abby is an advocate for intersectional education and activism in celebrating a diversity of experiences, worldviews, and identities, and currently sits as a youth representative on the City of Edmonton Youth Council. Interests of hers include writing, reading anything by James Baldwin, and listening to anything by Lauryn Hill. 

Erin O’Neil (she/her)

I am a white settler living in beautiful Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory, attending the U of A as a master’s student in Digital Humanities specializing in Gender & Social Justice studies. My research interests lie in exploring how the phenomena of white apathy and ignorance manifest in digital spaces. In addition to being a proud APIRG boardie, I work with Teens Learning Code Edmonton as chapter lead, support the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities as communications officer, and volunteer with the University of Alberta’s Sexual Assault Centre. 

Darcy Bemister (he/him)

I am an undergrad in Women’s and Gender Studies here at the University of Alberta, but grew up in Treaty 1. I joined the board because I have an affinity towards everything APIRG believes in and wants to achieve, and I also get to hang out and chat with really rad folks. Outside of university and APIRG, I am trying to learn how to professionally navigate the non-profit industrial complex and I am also a mentor with Boys & Girls Club. My interests include cycling around Edmonton only if it is sunny out, storing camping gear all year for one annual excursion into the mountains, and expanding my “DIY” skills and knowledge.

Parul Singh Kanwar (she/her)

Hope Jubenvill (she/her)

Xinxin Zhang (she/her)

Giovanna Rosal (she/her or they/them)