Ross Boutilier is a retired geophysicist with a 30-year career until 2016 with Natural Resources Canada, at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Ross began community work as a volunteer and resource person with the then-Metro Area Committee on AIDS in 1989-1993; as a member, producer & coordinator of the editorial collective producing the Gaezette (now Wayves) 1993-1998; treasurer of Safe Harbour Community Church 1993-2003 (2 years off); volunteer, coordinator, and city liaison officer with the Halifax Pride Committee 1994-2003; founder, treasurer, and liaison officer of Manna For Health special needs food bank 1996-2003; steward and elected official with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada 1996-2006 and in that capacity served in multiple roles including chair of the Human Rights Committee.
Using the labour movement tools and resources, pursued a number of successful challenges to the Federal employer for equal treatment and benefits for same-sex relationships, and participated as a co-litigant with his partner BrianMombourquette on both federal law and the province of Nova Scotia for equal access to marriage. Ross has been married (pre-equal legal rights) to his partner since 1994, legally married since 2004, and resides in Bedford, Nova Scotia.1
Ross and Brian were one of the first couples married, just a few months later, as a result of the 2004-09-24 Marriage Decision.
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