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
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
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
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 Lynda Silverfox. My family originates from around Big Salmon, Yukon. I am of the Crow Clan, Northern Tutchone and a citizen of Kwanlin Dun First Nation. Working with the Child and Youth Advocate Office provides an opportunity to contribute to meaningful change for young people who need support and encouragement to share their concern with government services. As a direct result of my family's traumatic experience in residential school, inter-generational trauma and once being a permanent ward of child welfare, have shaped who I've become, a person who is empathic and understanding of life's everyday challenges. In 1999 I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work. Throughout my career I have had the honor of working with many families across Cultures. 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, Child & Youth Advocacy Caseworker
Hello, my name is Lindsey Doehle and I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon. I was raised at Marsh Lake and then later in Penticton, BC. I have lived in many parts of Canada including the NWT and Quebec and I am so excited to be back in Whitehorse.
I have worked with children and youth for many years and I am passionate about their empowerment. Through my work as a facilitator and educator, I have witnessed the strength and resilience of young people. I feel privileged to be engaged in work that supports and advocates for children and youth.
I am grateful to have amazing family and friends who help to keep me inspired and healthy. With them, I love to cook, craft, make music and enjoy all things outdoors (biking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, hiking, berry picking…)