Beth is the longest serving member of the YLC staff, in fact she is one of the founders of the Yukon Literacy Coalition. She studied theatre and communications and applies her love of learning to the ever-evolving challenges of running a Yukon not-for-profit. When Beth is not at work she can be found on a hill, in a valley or in her greenhouse.
Victoria has lived from one side of the country to the other – she grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland and has been in the Yukon since the summer of 2018. She loves the outdoors and is blown away by the beauty that the Yukon offers every single day. She has a background in both Business and Early Childhood Education, with a strong desire to continue to learn new skills. As the old saying goes, you learn something new every day!
Carrie-Anne holds a Bachelor of Education and an Associate of Arts Degree in General Arts. Her work with children and families spans the continent and two decades and includes daycare; teaching; intervention therapy; summer camp; and support for folks with special needs. Carrie-Anne's lifelong love of reading and crafting are put to great use in our Outreach Program and at the Family Literacy Centre, where she runs literacy-based programming with enthusiasm and joy. Carrie-Anne believes whole-heartedly that everyone is capable of learning- regardless of personal limitations, and she hopes to spend the next two decades involved in meaningful work in her community.
Stephanie is a Family Literacy Specialist with an educational background in Early Learning, and Fine Art/Photography. Originally from Ontario, her 35 years of work experience in both daycare settings and schools has brought her to all corners of Canada's north - from Dawson City, Yukon, to James Bay, Ontario, and from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, to Atlin, British Columbia and more than a decade in Whitehorse. Married to Chris, mother of three grown boys, and having most recently added ‘Nana’ to her title, Stephanie also has a wealth of life experience to draw from. She loves to integrate her extensive knowledge of the north, along with her passion for children's literature, art and creativity, into learning programs with families at the Family Literacy Centre and beyond.
Our Director of Operations Lisa Young has worked in education for 14 years. She holds an education degree from Memorial University and was raised in Flowers Cove, Newfoundland. Lisa moved to the Yukon in 2008 and worked as a teacher in rural Yukon before moving to Whitehorse. The YLC snagged her in 2012 and we hope she continues as a valued member for many more years. Lisa keeps the society in good standing in so many ways. Lisa also has a daughter who although only 9 is also a valued member of our YLC community.
Darby grew up on Vancouver Island and in 2016 discovered the magic and mystery of living in the Yukon. Darby values life-long learning and contributing to healthy community endeavours. She is a strong believer in hands-on learning and is invested in helping people enhance their overall sense of well-being through ongoing literacy and essential skills development. She believes this happens through fostering trusting and caring individual, and community relationships.
Mark was born and raised in Calgary, AB. He is a Graduate of the Glass Faculty at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), where he was granted a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. His background in teaching the art of glassblowing and working creatively have made his skills a good addition at YLC. He has quickly adapted to the lifestyle of the Yukon with his love of the outdoors and all things wild, and has called the Territory home since 2013.
David was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2014. He loves biking, skiing and anything that will take him outside. His passion for art and the outdoors brought him to the Yukon in 2016 where he worked as a ski technician and as a hot glass instructor. The skills gained from these positions will continue to expand as he learns and grows at the YLC.
Jasmine, also known as Jassy, has been in the early learning field since coming to Whitehorse in 2014. Born and raised in the Philippines, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She started her career in childcare and has continued to grow throughout the community through volunteering, support work and tutoring. She is very passionate about working and keeping connected with children and families. She loves to have fun and embrace her creative side through art, photography and music.
Jeff’s a classic Ontario transplant who hasn’t looked back since first coming to the North in 2010. He has worked in education for most of his career, having taken on various roles both in and out of the classroom. He is happy to be living in the Yukon and working with such a dynamic team to serve our amazing communities. When he’s not out there working to promote literacy and support community development, you may find Jeff out enjoying nature or picking tunes with friends.
With over 30 years of adult education experience and a lifetime of living in the North, Margot brings a strength-based approach to the team. She looks forward to engaging with communities to discover reciprocal learning and ways to promote self-reliance and autonomy. When she is not in teaching mode, Margot can be found paddling, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
Lisa grew up playing in the ravines and by the lake in Toronto, moving north in 2005. She studied Natural Resource Management and has varied experience working for all levels of government, First Nations, NGO’s and as a consultant. She has a passion for the outdoors and loves to teach through play, observation, curiosity and exploration. She has been involved with the Family Literacy Centre since 2017 and fills her spare time teaching art and natural science to children, youth and adults. When she is not at the Literacy Centre she can be found in the woods, in the garden, playing music or at the pottery studio.
Lia is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who loves helping others to live a vibrant and healthy life through leisure, learning, and community. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Human Kinetics with a focus in Community Health Promotion in 2013. This has led to her work with various populations such as adults with mental health disorders, youth in rural BC, and older adults in long term care. Originally from Vancouver Island, Lia is at home wherever she is close to nature (and her husband and pets). Some of her favourite things in life are wildflowers, birds, yoga, bulletproof coffee and lifelong learning (which is why she chose to work for the YLC)!
Kiana is a born and raised Yukoner! She has been involved in the community since a young age, from working at her family’s grocery store, to playing/coaching a variety of sports. After spending a few years living on Vancouver Island, she decided to move back home in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys pottery, biking, and spending time outdoors with her dog and friends
Sarah was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and has spent the past four years enjoying the East Coast, in Halifax Nova Scotia. Sarah is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University with a degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and is excited about her return to the North. Sarah’s upbringing in the territory has given her a great appreciation and passion for her community. She has always enjoyed working alongside the youth of the Yukon, in various positions, and is excited to embark on new projects with YLC. Her free time is often spent with friends/family and enjoying the outdoors!