YCS is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly and meetings are open to the general membership. To find out when the next monthly meeting is scheduled, contact YCS at 867-668-5678.
YCS Board for 2020:
President - Jared Gonet
Jared is a born and raised Yukoner. He is a member of the Taku River Tlingit, with roots throughout the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Currently pursuing a PhD in Conservation Biology around biocultural indicators, he completed a MsC in Wildlife Ecology on Northern Mountain Caribou in 2019. A long-time runner, with a deep-appreciation for the North and its natural systems, large-landscape questions have always fascinated him. Backgrounds in studying industrial ecology, environmental science, and conservation planning has given him a deep appreciation of the need for harmonious human-ecological systems. Throughout his studies, work, and volunteering he hopes to bring forward indigenous ways of knowing and seeing the world.
Vice-President - Dave Mossop
Dave, is a long-time Yukoner with teen-aged grandkids here, and a deep desire to see the natural systems of the Yukon protected for those future residents and in particular for the thousands of “unvoiced” species with whom we share this place. Responsible for developing Yukon’s ‘non-game’ management program before moving to Yukon College. There he became Yukon University’s first emeritus professor of science after having developed and delivered several of Yukon’s first courses in conservation biology and natural history. Perhaps more importantly, since 1970, he along with a host of Yukon students, has tracked the populations of keystone species and to date continues to maintain over 50 years of data following the ecological integrity of Yukon ecosystems. This gives a unique perspective and outright passionate concern for Yukon wild places and its creatures. One of the very first Yukon Conservation Society’s members, he is completely at home with founder John Lammer’s consuming and almost-emergency desire to advocate on behalf of the North’s species clearly under siege from unthinking human actions.
Secretary - Ciaran Connolly
Born in Toronto but raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ciaran’s earliest memories from childhood are of his time in a suburb of Dublin and the Dublin hills beyond. The Dublin hills were really his first experience of the natural environment and where he learned how we are all inextricably connected to the land. As an adult, Ciaran worked in Anatomy with medical schools in Dublin, Toronto and finally in Vancouver. It was in Vancouver that Ciaran was able to explore and learn about the environment around him. He became a volunteer with the local Search and Rescue branch and spent as much time as possible in the wilderness. In 2017, Ciaran and his family moved to Whitehorse. Ciaran has been pursuing a degree in Northern Conservation and Environmental Sciences through what is now Yukon University, while working in construction. Ciaran cares deeply about the effects that humans have on our environment and how we can positively make changes that benefit both humans and the environment at large. He is passionate about running, triathlons, hiking, and any other activity that gets him outside and in the wilderness.
Treasurer - Denise Gordon
Denise grew up in northern British Columbia and has lived in the Yukon for the past ten years. When she first came to the Yukon she worked in wilderness tourism splitting her seasons between rafting and dog mushing. Completing education in Land Reclamation with a focus on botany and soil science, she then worked in both territorial and First Nation governments, working to manage habitat and wildlife. Currently she works as a Lead Grower for a local hydroponic food system which provides northerners with fresh local vegetables throughout the year. Denise is especially interested in the landscape conservation issues of wetlands and habitat protection. Denise can be found outside running, biking, and taking her dog for a walk.
Now retired, Mary started out working as a teacher, later as a project manager of supportive social housing, and more recently was an outreach worker and drafted policy for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon. Her volunteer involvements have included a neighborhood newspaper, Amnesty International, the campaign for the Peel, and membership responsibilities for YCS. She’s looking forward to the experience of being a member of the YCS board.
Mary sees the climate crisis facing us as the top priority.
She spends as much time as she can with trees and is an enthusiastic composter/vegetable gardener. She still has a car though an old bike is her usual vehicle.
Caitlynn grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory and has Norwegian, French, Scottish and British ancestry. She is a newcomer to the Yukon, moving here in the spring of 2019. She completed her Masters in Geography at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland/Labrador and is now working on her PhD from the same institution while living in Whitehorse. She has also worked as a guide in provincial parks. Her research and work focuses on the 'social side' of remediation/reclamation and contaminated landscapes in Northern Canada. Beyond this specific research interest, she is motivated by discussions that bring together environmental studies with decolonial approaches to governance, in search of more ethical ways of co-managing extractive industries. She is excited to learn more about the Yukon, canoe as many rivers as possible, and hopefully get some advice on how to grow a garden here.
Jim first visited Yukon in 1965, to coach Old Crow cross country skiers. The wild landscape and First Nation cultural richness of the North made an enduring impression. Jim attend SFU in 1969, obtaining an undergraduate degree and a secondary school teaching certificate. Dureing theis time Jim came to know the teachings of Rachel Carson, David Suzuki, Jane Goodall, and E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful, and the beginnings of circular economy conversations.
In 1985 Jim arrived in Mayo to help struggling students with equivalency and experiential outdoor education. This was the time of intense land claim negotiations in which Na-Cho Nyak Dunn encouraged public participation. During this time local paddling expeditions both with students and privately, became the norm while travelling old First Nation traditional routes. Canoe access to the Beaver and upper Stewart rivers to seek out traditional use patterns and wildlife presence became a long sought after template for learning discovery and new ways of knowing. The presence of clear water, salmon, moose and wolves were enduring, providing constant story voice.
Invited to Whitehorse in 1988 to initiate a new outdoor learning opportunity for grade ten students in Yukon, Jim helped develop and became the initial teacher of the ACES (Achievement, Challenge, Environment and Service) program for twenty years.
Jim also has a Masters of Education degree, but time on the land learning, often by canoe, seems a more foundational support vehicle to encompass enduring, environmental citizenship.
Lyndi was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, growing up walking along the frozen creeks of the Athabasca River. She is passionate about local food production and wild foraging, whilst holding upmost respect for Indigenous traditional territories, varied ways of knowing, and conservation. Lyndi holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, a Diploma of Herbology, and is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is ‘overly enthusiastic’ about the relationship between the health of our planet and the health of people, our communities, and our society. Being exposed to large industry from a young age, she has deep interest in tailings management and ecological restoration. Lyndi is currently studying to obtain a degree in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences.
The Yukon Conservation Society also holds an Annual General Meeting each spring where members are nominated and elected to the Board of Directors, the Audited Financial Statements for the previous year are presented, and the prior year's activities are summarized.
YCS is a charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency (charitable organization #119307890RR0001). YCS is also a registered non-profit society in good standing with Yukon Corporate Affairs.