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Conservation Programs & Outreach Coordinator
Joanna is CPAWS Yukon's liaison with the Peel communities. She also provides support for CPAWS' ongoing conservation policy analysis as well as planning and implementation of campaigns. Born in the Yukon, Joanna left at a young age, ultimately choosing to move back in adulthood. After exploring a number of nooks and crannies around the world, Joanna is inspired by the cultural and biological richness that she continues to rediscover in her place of origin. Joanna studied environmental policy and practice at the University of Toronto and completed a MSc. in conservation biology at Carleton University. She has also worked as a field biologist and as a naturalist in Ontario as well as National and Yukon Parks.
Joanna feels privileged to be continually learning from First Nations people passionate about their traditional territories and environmental well-being. In her spare time, Joanna can be found exploring local trails and rivers or tending to her latest experiments with sustainable living, such as local food production and running her car on bio-diesel generated from waste oil.
Favourite wild place in the North: Tombstone
Favourite outdoor activity: Human-powered travel (including but not limited to skiing, hiking, biking and canoeing)
Ask me about: The Peel campaign and community initiatives
Conservation Programs & Communications Coordinator
Jason is CPAWS Yukon’s lead on the Protect the Peel campaign and coordinates other policy work as well as the organization’s website and social media. Originally from Edmonton, Jason is proud to be an environmentalist from Canada’s fossil fuels heartland and is driven to see Canada become a champion for climate change action, ecological protection and renewable energy. Jason completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, before spending four years in the UK working for an NGO focused on environmental certification. More recently, Jason was a constituency manager for an Alberta MLA.
Jason has explored his passion for environmental education and advocacy through volunteer roles with organizations such as Greenpeace Canada and the Climate Reality Project. A newcomer to the Yukon, Jason is excited to travel to all corners of the territory, though he is still getting used to the idea of being “from the south.” In his spare time, he likes to play unconventional sports such as curling.
Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Atlin (does that count?)
Favourite outdoor activity: Hiking with a dog by his side and sandwiches in his pack
Ask me about: the Peel campaign, the CPAWS website, and newsletter
Administrative and Finance Manager
Wendy has worked in non-profit organizational management for over 20 years. She has served with NGOs in various sectors: community development, the arts, health, tourism, environment and social justice. She holds a BA in Political Science specializing in International Relations. Wendy moved to the Yukon in 2006 and committed right away to protecting its amazing wild spaces. She served on the Board of Directors at the Yukon Conservation Society from 2006 to 2008.
Favourite wild place in the Yukon: Any spot on the Wind River
Favourite outdoor activities: Paddling, skijoring, mountain biking, hiking, daily toddling and foraging with my young kids
Ask me about: service en Français
Administrative & Financial Assistant