Board of Directors


Cherish Fairclough, President

Cherish Fairclough is from Carmacks, Yukon and a member of Little Salmon Carmacks FirstNation. She is the oldest of four siblings and enjoys various creative endeavours.
Cherish has been involved with the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle for the past two years and has been serving as the Vice-President since August, 2010. She has worked in recreation, retail management, and has a long history of working with youth. Cherish currently works at the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre as the regional coordinator for a national youth program and as a youth outreach worker. Her goal is to help Aboriginal women empower themselves to be positive role models in their communities.
Roberta Auston, Vice-President
A member of the Ta’an Kwach’an, Roberta is a social worker and work for Ta’an Kwach’an asa Family Support Worker. She has worked for First Nations as a coordinator of programs forhealth and healing in a variety of capacities. Roberta has learned about family systems, and howfamilies work together to help each other through trying times. This is the traditional custom ofour people and through the years of working with families, she recognizes that a very old customis our best method of ensuring success when hardship comes to a family.
Adeline Webber, Past President
Adeline Webber was born and raised in the Yukon; she is of Inland Tlingit ancestry, and is a grandmother of two.
Since the mid-seventies Adeline has been involved with women's issues; leadership development has played a large part of her involvement with Aboriginal women since that time. During her career, Adeline worked in the Federal Government in the employment and training areas where she advanced to the District Director for the Public Service of Canada. She has retired from that position but continues to stay involved with Aboriginal women's issues.
Through her former role as President of the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women's Circle, the organization has developed and delivered several women's leadership-training courses and has recently taken on an advocacy role and a mentorship training program for Aboriginal women.
Adeline has also participated in the National Aboriginal Women's Summits, and is one of the two Yukon women appointed to the Assembly of First Nations as advisors. She is committed to her role on the Whitehorse General Hospital board; she represented her clan on the Teslin Tlingit Council for two 3-year terms. Adeline continues to play an active role in the Friendship Centre Movement in Canada and was recently appointed as a Senator to the National Association of Friendship Centres.
 Winnifred Peterson, Treasurer
Winnifred is a born and raised Yukoner. Her heritage is Teslin Tlingit.
She has one daughter, three sons, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two great-grandsons.
She has served her community through First Nation administrative positions as ExecutiveDirector of the Teslin Tlingit Council and Assistant Director of two Friendship Centres.She has been a volunteer on several boards of directors for Friendship Centers and museums.
She is currently a volunteer Board Member for the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle.She holds the portfolio of Environment as she truly believes in not wasting Mother Earth’s resources.To do her part she has become passionate about preservation of water and believes that without water there is no life.
Since 2003, Winnifred has told stories from her Mother, Carrie, as well as life experiences with her. Her favorite is about how her Mother showed us how to get clean, cold water from under moss.
Frances Woolsey, Elder
 Bio coming soon!
 Jayla Rousseau-Thomas, Youth
 
 
Jayla is a born and raised Yukoner of Cree and Ojibway descent.  As a married woman and the eldest of seven siblings, she recognizes the importance of strong women role models and strives to be this for her family.  Jayla is currently finishing her Diploma of Women and Gender Studies and Bachelors of Social Work degree at Yukon College so that she can continue to work with marginalized populations in the territory.  Currently she works with Blood Ties Four Directions Centre and the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council on a variety of projects. 
 
 Amanda Mudry, Secretary
Of Cree/Six Nations descent, Amanda has worked extensively in Aboriginal communities in various fields, including natural resources, heritage and culture and health and social development. Amanda has recently been working specifically with Aboriginal women's issues at a local, national and international level. She is on the Board of Directors of the Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council (Youth Rep), Whitehorse Aboriginal Women's Circle (Director), and Native Women's Association of Canada (Youth Director – North). She has a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies from Vancouver Island University.
  Georgianna Low, Director
Georgianna's heritage includes Inland Tlingit, Tagish, Tahltan and Scottish parentage.Georgianna's domicile is Tagish, Yukon and she has lived/worked in various areas in the Yukon and B.C.She has a keen interest in First Nation heritage and culture and is a devoted volunteer in various capacities with First Nations Women, First Nations Anglican Groups andDiocese Representative [B.C. & Yukon],Carcross/Tagish First Nations' education, wellness and Deisheetaan Clan teams. She has also participated as a Tahltan/ Naanya.aayi Family Representative and with Tlingit and Haida Central Council as an affiliated member.Georgianna and her husband of 30 years raised two sons and they enjoy the company of three darling grandsons.
Georgianna's special interest is mentoring others in cultural, educational or higher learningopportunities in areas of personal and professional development. She is recognized by theDepartment of Education as a Young Elder on the Curriculum Development Working Group.
Lorraine Netro, Director
Lorraine is Vuntut Gwitchin, born and raised in Old Crow, Yukon. Her late mother's name wasMary Netro. She is a graduate of FH Collins High School. Lorraine has achieved many of herpersonal goals and held career positions that encouraged personal growth. These are worthwhileto mention given the huge adjustment that moving into "outside" society from a small, isolated community was.
Sharon Shorty, Director
{Bios to be added later}
Jacqueline Bazett, Director
 
Diana Lee Jimmy, Director
Antoinette Miller, Director
Krista Reid, Director
Courtney Wheelton, Director