Meet our team
Hi I’m Annette King. I was sworn in as 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
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 over a 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 joined the YCAO team in January 2020 as an Advocacy Caseworker, and have been in the role as Deputy Child and Youth Advocate since June 2022. I believe strongly in the importance of upholding children’s rights, and am committed to helping ensure their voices are heard. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such passionate colleagues towards meaningful change for Yukon children and youth.
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, Deputy Child & Youth Advocate
Hello, I'm Christopher Tse. I was born and raised in BC and have lived and worked extensively abroad, but these days feel very fortunate to call Whitehorse home.
Almost my whole career has been focused on youth, whether as a facilitator, educator, or social worker. I believe deeply that young people have the power to create sustainable change in the world and their own lives, and am passionate about making sure they have the platform to do so. I'm excited to work towards this vision with the YCAO.
Outside of work you can find me riding my bike(s), doing art, watching basketball, and skiing with/after my dog.
Chris Tse, Systemic Advocacy Worker
Hello, my name is Anya Braeuner. I was born in Montreal, but I was raised in France. I am honoured to live and work on the Kwänlin Dün and Taʼan Kwächʼän Council traditional territories since 2018. My career in Europe and Canada has focused almost entirely on children and youth - either advocating for their rights or accompanying them on their academic and personal journeys. I am passionate about social justice and firmly believe that investing in youth wellbeing and upholding their rights is essential to our collective futures.
I have a Master’s degree in Education Sciences, and a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. I love travelling and exploring new cultures. Outside of work, you can usually find me playing board games, hiking with my dog, cycling, skiing, or enjoying a good meal.
Anya Braeuner, Child & Youth Advocacy Caseworker
Hi! My name is Selena Kaytor. I am a citizen of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation of Nelson House, Manitoba. I was born and raised in the Yukon; spending my early years in the communities of Faro and Dawson City.
I spent five years in the public service, including my role as the Executive Assistant to the Director at Social Supports and prior to that, the Program Assistant at Environmental Health Services. My education includes a completion of the Administrative Assistant Program at Yukon University. As a natural advocate through my personal experiences I am empowered to contribute to the essential work of the advocate office: to uphold the rights of our children and youth in the Territory.
I currently live in Whitehorse with my husband and two young kids. In the winter, you can find me at the hockey rink - sitting in the stands cheering for my son and/or gearing up to touch some puck with the Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association. In the summer, you can find me exploring our Yukon and loving the outdoors. I look forward to taking your calls and assisting in whatever way I can.