Meet the Rebellious Unicorns Team
Dustyn Baulkham - (Pronouns he/him/his) - Founder and Executive Producer - Dustyn is passionate about creating more inclusive and welcoming communities. Part of one of the first waves of graduates from UBC Okanagan and the Bachelor of Management program, Dustyn spent 10 years in the finance industry, most notably in Vancouver and London, Ontario, before taking the plunge and launching his own consulting company. It was a smart move. In the past five years, having returned to beautiful Kelowna, Dustyn has served as the Workforce Development Officer with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (2-year contract), served as the Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (2 years), and is currently the General Manager with the Kelowna Pride Society (year 3). This led to him being selected as the Canadian LGBT Young Entrepreneur from the Canadian LGBT Chamber of Commerce in summer 2020.
Upon returning to the Okanagan, and with his desire to see a more equitable and inclusive society undiminished, Dustyn realized the growing need for events and experiences specifically for the LGBT2Q+ community and their allies. His newest entrepreneurial endeavour is Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.
Now in its fourth year, Rebellious Unicorns has made a substantial shift into broadcasting live events with its new platform Unicorns.LIVE. In the first 8 months of its existence, it has produced over 120 live events and over 150 hours worth of original content. Live music is a substantial component of Unicorns.LIVE and includes Qusic, Live @ the KCT, as well as Sunset Sessions. In addition, there are several original programs from Basically Ella, Voices Unheard, A Sip with Sparkle, The #1Million Campaign, and many more. Before Covid and slated to return after the pandemic, Rebellious Unicorns produced various high-quality events, such as Peak Pride - the world's largest winter Pride destination event series, currently covering Big White, Sun Peaks, SilverStar, and RED Mountain - the MX. - a monthly networking event - and FruitCake, a monthly inclusive club night with events in Kelowna, Kamloops, and Vernon. Always looking at ways to help make the world a more inclusive place, Dustyn was recently certified by the Canadian LGBT Chamber of Commerce to deliver their LGBT Tourism Inclusion Workshop and is presenting the workshop both locally in Kelowna and at mountain resorts across the BC interior.
Cory Janko - (Pronouns he/him/his) - Video Technician - Cory is a Professional Sound Technician currently working with Rebellious Unicorns, looking over and handling all things sound for the larger and more technically complicated Unicorns Live, Live Streams. With 7 years of Live Sound experience in the Industry, Cory has toured Canada and has been behind the mixing console for countless live shows around the Okanagan Valley. When not running a Live Performance, Cory runs a home recording studio, recording local artists and musicians. While other hobbies and actives play an important role in Cory’s life, his main focus is always striving to raise the audio standard in any production that he’s a part of.
Taysha Jarrett - (Pronouns he/she/they) - Taysha is the Community Engagement Advisor for Rebellious Unicorns and Managing Editor for thehub.lgbt, Kelowna.LGBT, and Victoria.LGBT. Taysha's background is in writing and editing. They are an author of LGBTQ Romantic fiction under Leigh Jarrett, Gavin E. Black, and Sara J. Miller. Their fiction highlights the struggles of the LGBT2Q+ community, while celebrating their diversity, and affirming their most basic of human rights—to love and be loved. Taysha lives in Victoria, BC, where they can often be found hiking through the many trails Vancouver Island has to offer.
Jill Karpick - Audio and Video Assistant - Jill is a new member of the team and is gleaning all she can from the audio and video technicians.
Liam Moise - (Pronouns he/him/his) Events and Logistics Coordinator - Liam Moise is an experienced events coordinator and takes pride in impressing himself by creating phenomenal experiences for others. As a Rebellious Unicorn team member, his goals include growing connections and collaborations with a wide range of entertainment and support networks. In addition to his primary job functions, Liam has been asked to speak on his unique understanding of mental health triumphs for a variety of venues. He is committed to taking his knowledge and skills in both events and mental health to the next level with Rebellious Unicorns.
Nathan Peacock - (Pronouns he/him/his) - Audio Technician - Nathan is in his third year as the video switcher and overseer of cameras for the Unicorns Live shows produced by Rebellious Unicorns. He can often be found annoying Sparkle with on-screen titles, awful green lighting, and instigating shenanigans during her show Sip With Sparkle. When not behind the camera ... Nathan is behind the camera, his love of cameras spilling over into his personal life where he is frequently taking pictures while out hiking or camping.