From July 7-10 2016, youth from all over the country attended a 4 day residential retreat at Camp fYrefly in Cochrane. Camp fYrefly is an educational, social and personal learning retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, genderqueer non-binary, two-spirit, queer, questioning, pansexual, asexual and allied (LGBTQ+) youth.
Hilary Mutch (she/her) is the Camp coordinator at Camp fYrefly. Since entering adulthood, she felt that the intersections of heteronormativity, sexism and patriarchy created unsafe spaces for her, a young, queer youth, and many she interacted with. Her experiences have shaped her viewpoints as a feminist, social justice advocate and inspired her to work with youth at Camp fYrefly. At Camp, Hilary seeks to empower youth and grant them the ability to change their own situations. She believes that even tiny acts of support, such as offering pickups and drop-offs for those that cannot access Cochrane, can make a huge difference for the person being helped.