Meet our team
Hi I’m Annette King. I was sworn is at the Yukon’s second Child and Youth Advocate on May 1st 2015.
Helping children and youth of all ages and enhancing the government systems that support them is a great honor to me. There is nothing better than seeing children reach their potential because someone took the time to listen to them.
I was born and raised in the Yukon, and have dedicated my career to the helping profession. I have worked in, developed, and lead systemic change among several government organizations. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary. I believe in lifelong learning and building capacity in others.
It is important to me that the Yukon Child Advocate Office provides the information and support to all Yukon children and youth within our mandate, without discrimination. I am dedicated to upholding children’s rights and holding government departments accountable to doing the same. we can’t do it alone; I encourage everyone to engage children and youth and watch the difference it makes.
Annette King, Yukon Child & Youth Advocate
Hello, my name is Bengie Clethero. I was born and raised in Whitehorse, and i am of Northern Tutchone, Tlingit and English ancestry, and a member of the Crow clan.
I have worked as the Deputy Child and Youth Advocate since 2011 and look forward to meeting and engaging with young people. I graduated from FH Collins, attended UBC, took training with the Nechi Institute, and have completed numerous courses/workshops. Having spent the last 20 years working and advocating for children and youth I really see the benefits of upholding children’s rights.
Maintaining a balance in the four aspects of myself is key and is something I strive for. Golfing, fitness classes, walking my dog and spending time with family and friends are things I really enjoy.
Bengie Cletheroe, Deputy Child & Youth Advocate
Hi, my name is Lynda Silverfox, my family originates from around Big Salmon, Yukon. I am of the Crow Clan, Northern Tutchone and a member of Kwanlin Dun First Nation. I joined the Child Youth Advocate office in 2018, as the Systemic Analyst. I have the opportunity to engage with children and youth while contributing to meaningful change for young people who may be eligible or accessing a Government service.
I enjoy playing softball with my family and exploring our beautiful Yukon. I am a life-long learner and my journey is to leave a legacy that will encourage others to address life’s challenges and to become all that you can be.
Lynda Silverfox, Systemic Analyst
Hi, my name is Julia Milnes. I was born and raised in Ontario. My passion for wilderness canoe travel and land based education brought me up North to lay down roots in 2010.
For the past decade, and in various roles my career has involved advocating for Yukon children and youth – making support services available with a constant view towards safety, security and equality. I believe that building relationships extends beyond the individual, and must include the community. I started in the Advocacy Caseworker position in January 2020, and am grateful for the opportunity to work as part of the YCAO team. I believe very strongly in the importance of upholding children’s rights and ensuring their voices are heard.
I have a degree in Canadian history with a focus on First Nation and northern perspectives, and have taken extensive training in the areas of mental wellness, restorative practices and education. I love to spend time outside with my family, exploring the Yukon by foot, in a canoe, and on skis!
Julia Milnes, Child & Youth Advocacy Caseworker
Hi, my name is rachel veinott-mckeough. I was born and raised in yellowknife, northwest territories and moved to edmonton, alberta when i was 13. i have just recently come back north to yukon to start a new adventure!
My background is in science (psychology & biology) and business. I also have a lot of experience working with children and youth. i joined YCAO this january, and i am really enjoying having the opportunity to support children and youth in having their voices heard.
In my spare time i enjoy baking, hiking, and hanging out with my pets.