November 18, 2015
Copies of 2014-15 Annual Report for the Child and Youth Advocate office are being distributed throughout Yukon this week. The report is a review of the office in the first 5 years that it was in operation (April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2015) and discusses achievements and goals in the areas of individual advocacy, systemic advocacy and public education.
Yukon’s child and youth advocate, Annette King states, “It’s important to understand the experiences of young people who have contacted our office in order to understand themes and trends that need addressing”.
Annette King is Yukon’s second child advocate for Yukon, with Andy Niemen completing the first 5 year term in February 2015. King acknowledges the work of Andy Niemen and former staff and states that current staff, Tina Dickson and Bengie Clethero have been instrumental in supporting her transition to the office.
The report was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on October 22, 2015 in accordance with the Child and Youth Advocate Act. The Act states that “the Advocate must provide an annual report on the affairs of the Advocate’s office, including financial statements to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly no later than October 31st following the fiscal year”. After the report has been laid before the Legislative Assembly, the Advocate must distribute copies of the report to all First Nations and make the annual report available to the public.
The report will be distributed to Yukon communities via insert in the Yukon News on Friday November 20. Copies can also be acquired at the Child and Youth Advocate Office in Whitehorse or call (867) 456-5575.
On Friday November 20th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm , the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate Office will be hosting an interactive open house.
Annette King, Child and Youth Advocate
Child and Youth Advocate Office,