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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Doyle, Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Support Worker
Joanne can be reached at (867) 667-4134 or email@example.com for assistance.
Sam Lacourse, A Safe Place Program Coordinator
Sam can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Safe Place Facilitators:
America Dominguez, Administrative Coordinator
America can be reached at (867) 667-2693 or email@example.com.
Erika Popyk, Community Kitchen Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about Yukon housing.Back to top of page
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.
For more information about joining our Collective, contact us.Back to top of page
Our funding comes from a diverse mix of grants and sponsorships from all levels of governments, foundations, organizations, and individuals.
Government of Canada
City of Whitehorse
Many individuals, groups, companies