April Fournier

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April is a member of the Diné Nation, part of the Honaághaání Clan by her mother. She grew up in South Portland until the early 1990’s when her family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico after her mother was reunited with her birth family after a more than 30-year separation as a result of the “Sixties Scoop” of Indigenous children by the US Government.  April met her husband while out west and after the birth of their first child moved back to Maine to raise their family. 

April has four children and grew her spirit and experience for advocacy while battling for the rights and services for one of her youngest children after he was diagnosed with autism. This work led her to learn how to run for office and successfully be elected to Portland City Council. April has also crafted legislative testimony and support for LGBTQ+ youth as she fights fiercely to protect the rights of one of her children who identifies as gender neutral, who also attended the EQME New Leaders Project summer camp in 2021. 

April works in early childhood health services for Maine Health and when she is not policy making, parenting, or working in community health she enjoys reading, art and binge-watching historical fiction shows. 

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Names aren’t the only way we refer to people. We share our gender pronouns and encourage you to do the same. Gender pronouns are the way you like to be referred to: she, her, hers; they, them, theirs; he, him, his; or something else. We share these because we do not want to assume another person’s gender. 

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