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YWCA is a volunteer and membership-based organization that is affiliated with YWCA Canada and the World YWCA. The Board of Directors is elected annually by the membership to provide leadership and vision to the organization on behalf of the community. Board members serve a maximum of three two year terms. Board positions are available only to women.

Board of Directors 2011-2012

President: Yasemin Heyck

Janet Toner
Karin Taylor
Caroline Wawzonek
Kayla Cooper
Alayna Ward
Jennifer Hunt-Poitras
Karina Jackson

Call for Board Members (Download Application Here)

Want to contribute your time and skills to enhance the quality of life for women and children in the NWT? The YWCA Yellowknife has an opportunity for you. As a member of our Board of Directors you will meet new people; develop new skills; share your talents, knowledge and experience. Join us for six hours a month in making a meaningful contribution to our community.

Please drop off a letter of interest and/or resume indicating your unique talents at: The YWCA offices at Rockhill Apts. For more information, contact Julie Green, Director of
Community Relations, at 920-2777 x 303

Deadline for applications: September 14, 2012 at 5 pm.


YWCA Yellowknife is looking for two members to join our ten-member board of directors. We are looking for women to volunteer six hours a month to help govern the
organization, and provide direction to the executive director. Board members are expected to make a commitment to the financial and social well-being of the organization. Terms are two years and they can be renewed twice (for a total of six years).

The mission of YWCA Yellowknife is to build safe and equitable communities where women, families and people living with disabilities can realize their full potential. We have been operating in Yellowknife since 1966. We started by providing housing for single working women on Matonabee Street. Today, we have 140 full-time, part-time and casual staff providing programs and support at schools, homes, the Alison McAteer House family violence shelter and the Rockhill emergency and transitional housing program. We are very proud of the work that the staff does and the role that the YWCA plays in fulfilling its mission.

In order to be eligible to become a director, you should demonstrate interest in the mission and vision of the organization, an awareness of women’s issues in shaping social and cultural directions to achieve equity and equality for all women, an understanding of financial matters, interpersonal abilities to deal effectively with other board members and an interest in community service. Our board is insured against liability.

We meet one evening a month for about two hours. Subcommittees of the Board deal with special projects and they typically meet once a month. All together, your commitment would be up to six hours a month. This is a volunteer position for which there is no remuneration other than the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a vibrant community, national and ultimately international women’s organization. This global network of women implements social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide. It advocates for peace, justice, human rights and the environment, and is at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1855.


Marsha Argue
(Marsha Argue stands with YWCA Yellowknife president Yasemin Heyck)

Marsha Argue was a key force in the creation of YWCA Agvvik Nunavut. Marsha worked with YWCA Canada on the Northern Extension Program to help support the creation of a brand new YWCA in Iqaluit. This new YWCA was inducted into YWCA Canada at the annual membership meeting help in Yellowknife in June. Today, thanks to Marsha’s efforts, YWCA Agvvik operates the 21-bed Qimaavik Transition House and the 12-bed Sivummut House for women and their families who are experiencing homelessness. Marsha is well known and respected for her project management skills. Our thanks to Marsha for moving the work of women’s safety and housing forward in Iqaluit through the creation of YWCA Agvvik.





Lorraine Sampson
(Lorraine Sampson stands with YWCA Yellowknife president Yasemin Heyck)

Lorraine Sampson has a long association with YWCA Yellowknife as staff and supporter. She joined the YWCA staff when the Women’s and Children’s Healing and Recovery Program began in 2000. After that program ended, she worked for a year at Alison McAteer House before joining the family counseling practice at the Frame Lake Primary Care clinic. Through all the years she has lived in Yellowknife, Lorraine has been a champion of the work the YWCA does to improve the lives of women, families and girls in the north. Our thanks to Lorraine for being a good friend to the YWCA.





Vicki Tompkins
(Vicki Tompkins stands with YWCA Yellowknife president Yasemin Heyck)

Vicki Tompkins joined the board of YWCA Yellowknife in 2003, bringing a long history of volunteer work in Yellowknife. She was president from 2008 to 2010, and in that time did a lot of effective work on board governance, including attracting and orienting new board members, keeping current members engaged and strengthening the relationship between the board and the executive director. She was also a busy member of the fund development and AMM planning committees. Our thanks to Vicki for all she has done to support the work of YWCA Yellowknife.