Meet our team

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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.

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Bengie Cletheroe, Deputy Child & Youth Advocate

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Chris Tse, Youth Engagement & Systemic Advocacy Worker

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 spending time with other people's dogs.

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!

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Julia Milnes, Child & Youth Advocacy Caseworker

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Iris Binger, Child & Youth Advocacy Caseworker

Hi, my name is Iris Binger. I am a proud mother, step-mom, and wife, and was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon.

 

I am a life-long learner, inspired by the abundance of opportunities available to support others in leaning into their strengths and living the best life possible. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 2012, and in 2018, returned to Regina University to complete a degree in Social Work. Over the past several years, I have worked in various child and youth serving organizations throughout the Territory where I have cultivated my passion for advocacy and social justice.

 

I am on a mission to support children and youth to thrive amongst the tough stuff in life, whatever that may be, while ensuring that all Yukon children can enjoy their human rights. In my personal life, along with my appreciation for dance, theater, and the arts, I love cooking and eating good food!


Hello, my name is Angelica Fairclough. Nahkelama uye. My native name is Nahkelama. It was my grandmother’s name that has been passed down to me. I am a born and raised Yukoner. I have lived in Whitehorse most of my life. I lived in Calgary, Alberta for a few years. I returned home to be close to my family.

I am a member of the wolf clan of the Champagne & Aishihik First Nation. My ancestors come from Aishihik, Yukon and my other half is Irish from Nipawin, Saskatchewan. I spent most of my child hood with my grandmother and her family in Aishihik. I watched and learned how to harvest from the land and water. I have been brought up to be respectful and appreciate what we have. I am continuously learning my language, and I will continue to practice my culture.

I married my husband in 2018, and we have a daughter together.

 

I am happy to be here working with the YCAO.

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Angelica Fairclough, Administration