Colleen Wirth is the Director of Student and Infrastructure Support at Yukon College. She has a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management Program at Royal Roads University. She has lived in Whitehorse for 23 years and has a strong sense of commitment to family and community. Her husband, son and daughter – in – law live in Whitehorse; her daughter, son-in-law and 2 granddaughters live in West Kelowna, B.C.
A Registered Nurse for over thirty years, Colleen brings a wealth of experience in health and education to her volunteer role. She is also the Chair of the Yukon Advisory Committee on Nursing and the Yukon member on the B.C. & Yukon Advisory Committee of the Canadian Red Cross.
It is a privilege to volunteer with the TPAES and be a small part of a strong community network of supports providing integral investment in the lives of the amazing parents and children who attend the Centre. The joy in seeing young people embrace the power of education is hard to beat!
Allanna was born in Abbotsford BC but has lived in the Yukon since 1990. She met her spouse in Dawson City, then moved to Carcross where her son was born and has been living in Whitehorse for the past 20 years. She has worked for the municipal government, NGO’s, First Nations, several Yukon government departments and several Yukon Crown Corporations. Allanna was raised in a household where volunteering was an important part of life and community contribution. She was actively involved in team management for both of her boys’ hockey and soccer careers in Whitehorse and has sat on many NGO and minor sport boards in the last 26 years in the Yukon. Allanna believes very strongly in our youth. She feels honoured to be involved again in an organization that is here to help youth succeed.
Jean is a long time Yukon Resident. She has been a member of the Teen Parent Access to Education Society Board for over 15 years. Jean is a retired school teacher and loves helping youth succeed. Jean believes the Teen Parent Centre provides a valuable service to help our children gain the education they deserve.
Ron Pearson is a retired Community Health Manager and Public Health Nurse. Ron is currently the Community ty Health Advisor for the Kwanlin Dun First Nation Health Department. He has a Diploma in Public Health from Dalhousie and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Lethbridge with a focus on Aboriginal Health and Maternal Child Health. Ron has lived in Whitehorse for 33 years and has spent most of his life in the Western Arctic. He has been a Board member since 1999. Ron and his family have volunteered for and supported various organizations including, TEST Ski Program, Biathlon Yukon, Arctic Winter Games, Yukon Orienteering Association, Yukon Contaminants Committee, Blood Ties Four Directions Society, Second Opinion Society, Yukon Public Health Association, Arctic Institute for Community Based Research, and the Whitehorse Planning Group on Homelessness.
With a long and strong interest in Maternal and Child Health, Ron continues to be an active board member for TPAES and believes in a holistic approach to improving community health through community development.
David has been a Yukon Government employee for 34 years. David has lived in Yukon for 38 years and has been a Board member for many years. David continues to be a very active community member and is currently involved with Elderactive Recreation Association, Whitehorse Rapids Speedskating Club, 551 Air Cadet Squadron and Whitehorse Lions Club. He is also vice president of the Canadian Public Procurement Council. David’s first involvement with Daycare boards was 25 years ago. Both of David’s grandchildren attended and benefitted from the Teen Parent Center, David is committed to the success of the center, and providing tools for the students and their children to help achieve their goals.
Tangie Fisher is a born and raised Yukoner and has lived in Whitehorse for 42 years. She currently works as the Administrative and Financial Services Coordinator for the Yukon Water Board. Tangie has raised two wonderful boys with her husband, Tom, and made sure to always be hands on with the boys’ education and extra-curricular activities. One of Tangie’s most beloved hobbies is crafting, for which she has an amazing talent. In her spare time she can often be found creating beautiful quilts, crocheting projects and beading.
Tangie has often contributed to our northern community through various volunteer positions with local organizations. These include Porter Creek Secondary Yearbook Committee, Whitehorse Minor Hockey, Volleyball Yukon, Humane Society Yukon and the Yukon Kennel Club. Tangie has also hosted Kids Craft Night, where she shares her love of crafting with kids of all ages.
With 14 years’ experience in the education system, Tangie acknowledges the need to, and truly believes in, supporting young parents reach their educational goals. She is very excited to be part of a board that can further that ideology.
Valerie has lived in Whitehorse for the past 5 years. She joined the Teen Parent Centre Access to Education Society Board in 2015. Valerie is a valuable contributing member of the community at large and strongly believes in supporting our youth as they advance their education.
Daniel is a father of two boys and is a Registered Nurse who was born and raised in Whitehorse. His former partner completed graduation while attending the Teen Parent Centre. While working at Whitehorse General Hospital for four years Daniel has acquired a special interest in public health, volunteered in Haiti, and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Filipino Association of The Yukon. With his combined personal experience as a young parent and his passion for nursing, he hopes to be a valuable asset to the Teen Parent Access to Education Society.
Allison works for the Yukon Government but is also trained as a postpartum doula (DONA), and ran her own business from home when her daughters were very young. She values education for women and believes strongly in the importance of supporting new Moms and their partners during the first year(s) of their parenting journey. Allison moved to Whitehorse with her family in 2015 in order to better enjoy the great outdoors and to learn about northern culture. She joined the Board in 2017.