List of Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors
Below find the names and biographies of the candidates selected by the current Board's Nominating Committee, who will be up for election at the Special General Meeting (SGM) on April 28th, 2021 at 6 pm.
Members will also be able to self-nominate or nominate other members at the SGM if they are interested in sitting on the YCS Board of Directors.
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Names of people seeking election to YCS Board April 28, 2021
General members nominated by the Nominating Committee*
Yuuri Daiku Rebecca Rothgeb
Richard Mueller Gerald Haase
Kim Melton Ghislain De Laplante
Board members appointed during the year and seeking election:
Caitlynn Beckett Mary Amerongen
Board members seeking re-election:
Practical Philosopher, Generalist Problem Solver
- Worked a few years on ships as radio operator
- Following that went to university (UVic); main subjects: Literature, Linguistics, and Environmental Science
- Usually self-employed (IT, general consulting, language teaching, translation, tour planning/ guiding, B&B operation); have also done odd jobs in other fields
- Lived in Okinawa (Japan) and Taiwan 1998-2015; founding member of Anparu no Shizen wo Mamorukai, an environmental protection advocacy organisation (main focus: protection of a tidal flats area that is registered under the Ramsar agreement), Board member and IT support from 2011 until now
- Came to the Yukon in 2015 and worked as tour guide here until 2019 (special interests: geology, climate, FN cultures, history)
- Since 2016 member of Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY); on the Board since 2017; also worked there as office support and PR campaign planner this winter
Kim has built her life around values of respect for the land, reciprocity with her communities and gratitude for the ecosystem that supports her. This has manifested in many ways. With a background in the biological sciences, Kim has worked in natural resource stewardship on behalf of First Nation governments and in wildlife research and conservation. Her large life decisions have been guided by a desire to have a small environmental footprint and a rich relationship with both human and more than human communities. She
currently lives on a canoe-access homestead near Dawson City on the Traditional Territory of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in. Here, she grows her own food, tends an orchard and experiments with fruit crops. She delights in sharing these small wonders with interns every summer and contributing to Dawson’s local food community. In the winter, she dives into conservation work and creative projects. Being out on the land on skis, snowshoes or her own two feet is where she recharges. She is honored to be asked to be a part of the YCS board and hopes she can do the request justice.
Rebecca holds a BSc in biology and recently completed her Master of Science in Environmental Practice at RRU. Her research focused on wholistic approaches to protected areas management and monitoring in the Yukon. She comes from Alberta and has worked in various with western Canada National Parks as a park warden, fire management team member, and resource management specialist. Rebecca was also a natural areas coordinator with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and lands manager with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation. Her work brought her to the Yukon where she now happily makes her home and explores with her family. Rebecca’s current work is as a Researcher with the Ecology Team at The Firelight Group, consulting on community-directed research largely with First Nations in western and central Canada. A common thread is her work and interests is improving the interrelationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.
Rebecca has some experience with board governance as a founding director and secretary for a local food society in Fort Smith, as the farmers’ market manager/rep. for the local Jasper local food society, and representing the NCC on partnership properties such as the with society managing Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary near Edmonton. She has no official training in HR but has been a part of and led hiring processes, and is willing to assist with hiring if needed. She’s interested in the YCS board member role as a way to participate in the conservation community and continue learning about the Yukon.
I’ve been a YCS member on and off since 1985, and was on the board twice in the early 1990's, while attaining a diploma at (then) Yukon College in Renewable Resource Management Technology.
I worked as a field technician for several years from Hershel Island to Southeast Yukon for various levels of governments and private industry, specializing in vegetation and birds. I also worked for two Yukon first nations in their lands and resources departments.
I've been on many long hiking and paddling trips over the decades. I know the Yukon well.
All the time I've been a lone wolf, frustrated with the treatment of Yukon's land and water. I would like to join forces with other like-minded folks to inspire and be inspired to action.
I would not be available much from May to October. I work seasonally for Yukon Parks, maintaining campgrounds in the Southern Lakes region. I live at the shore of Marsh Lake.,
First and foremost Gerald is an ecologist, having studied aquatic ecology at UBC (toward a B.Sc), and he sees the world through an ecologist’s lens. After several years of work with both DFO and B.C. Fish & Wildlife Branch, he turned to teaching, and was a biology instructor at Yukon College/YukonU for 20 years. During this time, he was a co-chair of the institution’s Sustainability Committee.
Past board experience includes Whitehorse Minor Soccer Association (with perhaps the most participants of any sport in the Yukon!), with which he served as president for 4 years. Gerald also served as the CEO (riding president) of the Yukon Federal Green Party for 7 years.
These days travel is mostly vicarious, although local travel in the Yukon continues to draw him to new and familiar places. Gerald has travelled enough in earlier days, though, to realize that there are not many wilderness areas left in this world. We have something special here in the Yukon that should be conserved; Gerald would like to work with the YCS board, staff and members, and with all Yukoners toward this goal.
Ghislain De Laplante
Ghislain holds a BSc in Earth Sciences and Biology and is currently a master’s student in isotope geochemistry. His current research aims to better understand the rock weathering processes in terrains with varying permafrost and lithology (bedrock) via the use of aqueous chemistry and GIS software. Some of his past work experiences include wilderness guiding in Nunavut and Ontario, mineral exploration in Yukon, flying helicopters overseas and leading a cross-country ski program in Golden, BC.
He is a staunch but pragmatic conservationist, with the goal of improving how our society (writ large) thinks and acts regarding the importance of wild spaces. Central to this is an understanding that conservation can only be effective in the long term when rooted in policies addressing the scientific as well as the social factors at play.
His past experiences with non-profit societies are centered around the Golden Nordic Ski Club where he was first a volunteer and later Head Coach prior to his recent return to university. He would bring to the board knowledge of geochemistry, environmental toxicology, mining, hydrogeology, and renewable energy, rooted in a strong belief in informed, defensible, and evidence-based decision making.
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.
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.
Mary started out working as a teacher in Alberta and later as project manager of supportive social housing. During her 20 years in Yukon she was support worker then manager in supportive housing for adults, and was an outreach worker followed by policy drafter for the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon before retiring.
Her volunteer involvements in Alberta and Yukon have included coordinating a neighborhood association and a neighborhood newspaper, Amnesty International, the campaign for the Peel, and membership responsibilities for YCS.
Mary appreciates this opportunity to seek election to the YCS board, and to be involved in work related to the climate crisis. She spends as much time as she can with trees and is an enthusiastic composter/vegetable gardener. She still has a car although an old bike is her usual vehicle.
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. During 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.
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.
* The Board appointed Nominating Committee: is Jared Gonet, Denise Gordon, and Mary Amerongen