About Us

Our Team
Our Collective
Our Funders

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.


Jess Stone, Program Coordinator

Hailing from the flat, mediocre lands of southern Ontario, Jess has been in love with the Yukon's beauty for years and moved here in 2012. 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 Program Coordinator at Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre, coordinating the public education campaigns as a form of resistance, and working behind the scenes on violence prevention programming in Yukon. Jess has a strong passion for inclusive feminism, advocating for equality and reading just about anything. She loves this type of work as it gives her endless reasons to get creative, advocate for better systems, 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 coordinator@vfwomenscentre.com.


Emilie Dory, Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Program Coordinator

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


Megan Russell, Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Support Worker

Megan can be reached at (867) 667-4134 or hmhbpeer@vfwomenscentre.com


Sam Lacourse, A Safe Place Program Coordinator

Sam 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

Jill Murdoch


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.


Kara Garcia-Rideout, Housing Navigator


Originally from Mi’kma’ki (southern Newfoundland), Kara supports women seeking safe and affordable housing as the Housing Navigator. Kara provides information, support, advocacy and referrals to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and taking steps towards housing self-sufficiency. The Housing Navigator also bridges communication networks between tenants, landlords, and housing workers. Kara has Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, a Bachelors of Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has worked with First Nations and women’s organizations across Canada to provide housing.

Please contact Kara at (867)667-2693 or housing@vfwomenscentre.com if you have any questions about Yukon housing.

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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

Shelby Maunder

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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