About Us

Our Team
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Our Team

Diane Pétrin, Women’s Advocate

Diane has been working at VFWC for five years as the Women’s Advocate. In her position, she liaises between women, the government, and other community agencies. She assists women in accessing information and in assessing their options in times of need order to make informed choices. She provides support for women accessing services in Whitehorse and the Yukon, related to all areas including financial, income security, legal, social, housing, health, child custody, the justice system, violence against women and girls, family law, human rights/women’s rights, employment, immigration, harassment, or criminal matters. Diane works in partnership with many other community organisations, and always empowers women to trust their judgment and make positive choices. Her role includes accompanying women to appointments and the courts, as well as offering support to women who are at the Whitehorse Correctional Center and other facilities. As a Francophone, Diane offers her services in both English and French. She is also responsible for handlinh Human Resources at the centre. She has an Honours Degree in Women’s Studies at York University, a BA in Social Work from the Laurentian University, and a Justice Institute Certificate in Mediation.

Diane can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or womensadvocate@vfwomenscentre.com.

Sarah Murphy, Program Coordinator

Originally from Newfoundland, Sarah moved to the Yukon from Ontario to join the VFWC team in 2016.  As the Program Coordinator for the centre, she is involved in many aspects of our operations, though one of her main focuses is gender-based violence prevention, awareness, and education. Her role encompasses communications, finance, coordination of collective meetings, helping with drop-in, and working with our community partners on advocating for women and a variety of campaigns.  In addition to this, Sarah supports programs run by VFWC such as the Girls and Trans* Club, A Safe Place, Moms and Kids, Community Kitchen, and the Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic. An avid outdoorsperson, Sarah can often be found enjoying the Yukon's beauty by hiking, biking or canoeing. Otherwise, she spends her free time reading, playing music and cheering on her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Sarah has a Masters in Social Work from Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University.

Sarah can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or coordinator@vfwomenscentre.com.


Fiona McTaggart, Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Program Coordinator

Fiona moved to Whitehorse in May of 2015 and started working at VFWC in June of 2015. In her position as the Program Coordinator for the Healthy Moms Healthy Babies program, she works with the Peer Support Worker to facilitate drop in lunches twice a week for pregnant women and women with babies up to one year. This involves organizing educational speakers, facilitating conversation on motherhood and pregnancy topics, planning healthy activities such as walking groups, supporting good nutrition, doing motherhood-oriented projects with women and providing in-home care for mothers in need. Fiona has a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing as well of lots of experience in child care and cooking/baking.

Fiona can be reached at (867) 667-4134 or hmhb@vfwomenscentre.com.


(VACANT), Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Peer Support Worker

This position is currently vacant, please contact (867) 667-4134 or hmhbpeer@vfwomenscentre.com for assistance.


Cairine Gormely, A Safe Place Program Coordinator

Cairine can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or safeplace@vfwomenscentre.com


A Safe Place Facilitators:

Susan Vandenborn

Justine Armstrong

Leslie Roberts

Rosaura Garcia

America Dominguez

Jolene Campbell

Chantelle Blackjack

Jill Murdoch



Jess Stone, Girls North Coordinator

Hailing from the flat, mediocre lands of southern Ontario, Jess has been in love with the Yukon's beauty for over 5 years, and enjoying it permanently for 2 years. You can often find her on the trails or clay cliffs staring at the mountains and skies with her adorable dog by her side and a camera in hand. She works as the Girls & Trans* Club Coordinator and GNorth Network Coordinator at VFWC as well as running 2 other girls groups within town with The Heart of Riverdale & Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. The Girls and Trans* Club of VFWC runs on Thursday evenings from 3:30-7:00pm, and provides a space where girls and transfolk can come together, make art, make food, make friendships and get involved in their community while supporting the trans* and feminist communities. She also coordinates the GNorth Network, an ongoing network of program providers in the North that gather to improve the programming made available to the youth of the Yukon. She loves this type of work as it gives her endless reasons to be silly, get creative, express herself, support her community and have fun. Jess graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts with a double specialization in Philosophy & Languages (English, French) and a double minor in Psychology and Sociology.

Jess can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or gnorth@vfwomenscentre.com.


America Dominguez, Administrative Coordinator

America can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or admin@vfwomenscentre.com.


Erika Popyk, Community Kitchen Coordinator

Erika can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or communitykitchen@vfwomenscentre.com.


(VACANT), Housing Navigator

This position is currently vacant. 

The Housing Navigator can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or housing@vfwomenscentre.com.

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Our Collective

VFWC operates as a non-hierarchical Collective. Our collective emphasizes sharing information, power, and responsibility.  All members of the Women’s Collective are designated as leaders without a formal, top down structure.  The collective structure is flexible and varies over time.  Decisions are made based on consensus.


Collective Members

Bhreagh Dabbs

Shelby Maunder

Reem Girgrah

Jo Lukawitski

Jasmina Randhawa

Eileen Melnychuk

Melissa Ordish

For more information about joining our Collective, contact us

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Our Funders

Our funding comes from a diverse mix of grants and sponsorships from all levels of governments, foundations, organizations, and individuals.

Government of Canada

  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Canada Summer Jobs
  • Justice Canada
  • Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Yukon Government

  • Women’s Directorate
  • Department of Justice
  • Health and Social Services Insured Health and Hearing Services
  • Youth Investment Fund
  • Professional Development Fund
  • Crime Prevention Victim Services Trust Fund
  • Community Development Fund
  • Advanced Education
  • Alcohol and Drug Services

City of Whitehorse

  • Recreation Fund
  • Municipal Services Grant


  • Holland America
  • Girls Action Foundation
  • Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • United Way Yukon
  • Rotary Rendezvous
  • Lions Club

Many individuals, groups, companies

  • ATCO Electric
  • NGC Builders
  • G&P Distributing
  • Bean North
  • Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters
  • Alpine Bakery
  • Superstore & Shopper's Drug Mart
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