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 2021:
President - Mary Amerongen
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.
Vice-President - Jim Boyde
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.
Secretary - Gerald Haase
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.
Treasurer - Yuuri Daiku
Practical Philosopher and generalist problem solver
- Worked a few years as a radio operator on ships
- Studied Literature, Linguistics, Music, Environmental Science at UVic
- Mostly self-employed (consulting, planning, problem solving; language teaching and translation; tour planning and guiding, B&B operation, IT planning and support); has done and will do odd jobs in other areas
- Spent 17 years in Okinawa (Japan) and Taiwan
- Anparu no Shizen wo Mamorukai, an environmental protection advocacy organisation in Okinawa (main focus: protection of sensitive tidal flats registered under the Ramsar agreement): founding member, in 2011; since then Board member and IT support
- In the Yukon since 2015, worked here as tour guide until 2019 (special interests: geology, climate, FN cultures, history)
- Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY): since 2017 either on the Board or employed for outreach, office support, research, PR campaign planning
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.
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.
Kim has always felt most at home in the boreal forest. She grew up in an off-grid cabin near Yellowknife and migrated to the Yukon after completing a biological sciences degree in Calgary. She 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 experimental fruit orchard and runs a tree nursery. 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 writing projects. Being out on the land on skis, snowshoes or her own two feet is where she recharges. She is honoured to serve YCS as a member of the board, particularly in this time of focus on reconciliation with indigenous peoples.
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.
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 Herschel 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 work seasonally for Yukon Parks, maintaining campgrounds in the Southern Lakes region. I live at the shore of Marsh Lake.
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.
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 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. Her work with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation brought her to the Yukon again where she now happily makes her home and explores with her family. Rebecca currently consults on community-directed research largely with First Nations in western and central Canada. A common thread in her work and interests is improving the interrelationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.
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.