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About Us

Our Values


Having confidence in the fairness and reliability of a person or organization. Trust is also a value that defines our interdependence in relationships, personal or professional, and confidence in the fairness and reliability of working with YAWC.


Through mutual dependence, action, and influence, we seek to listen and evolve with our partners for better outcomes, to help one another for the sake of the collective goal in supporting Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse peoples in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia.


Using our ability to inspire others through encouragement and empowerment, we strive to treat our clientele, communities and partners with compassion to cultivate strong relationships and partnerships for long-term success.


To give Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people a sense of choice and control. YAWC, through the empowerment of self, seeks to build confidence and resiliency to make decisions for a cultural and enriched life. Providing the right to choose what you will do with your life and with whom you will do it, and how others, including YAWC, can support them through the journey.


Culture and tradition provide the structure and foundation of YAWC and the women, girls and gender diverse people and their families that we serve. It is based on a holistic approach, traditions, customs, protocols, values, spirituality, ceremonies, language, ways of knowing and being, connections to the land and life-sustaining resources of the land that we strive for the wellbeing of indigenous women, girls and gender diverse peoples in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia.


Board of Directors

Terri Szabo, President

Vacant, Vice-President

Lorraine O’Brien, Secretary

Susan Magun, Treasurer

May Bolton, Elder (Executive)

Vacant, Elder

Katelyn Wolftail-Magun, Youth

Sandra Combs, Director

Yvonne Shorty, Director

Susan Burns, Director


Claudia Riveros, Executive Director

Taya Strawberry, Office Administrator

Simone Thiessen-Bishop, Communications

Emilie Dory, Programs Manager

Chelsea Elias, Programs Administrator

Joy O’Brien, MMIWG Outreach Program Coordinator and Senior Advisor

Salena Siah, MMIWG Outreach Program Assistant

Susan Ross, Special Projects Assistant

Jo Dillman, ISET Program Coordinator

Darlene Skookum, ISET Program Assistant

Dorothy Bellerose, Elder In-Residence

Theresa Blackjack, Elder In-Residence

Joanne O'Brien, Elder In-Training

Maisie Smith, Counsellor In-Residence

Tina Williams, Counsellor In-Residence

Cheryl Maguire, Counsellor In-Residence

Society Business

Members in good standing are eligible to vote at YAWC Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings for the purpose of election and other business, outside of quarterly or special board meetings. Contact us if you are interested in participating in any of our meetings.

Meeting Documents