Yukon People

Yukon People Stories

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Justine Alton

    Healing through Massage

    Justine Alton is no stranger to health issues. Since she was 19-years-old, the born and raised Yukoner has had a keen interest in psychology, bodywork and holistic health and wellness, but it was her own 10-year struggle with deep seated physical... more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

    There’s a New Drummer in Town

    Meet Lee Campese, Yukon’s most recent import and the latest addition to the groovy rhythmic assemblage, Major Funk and the Employment. Campese, who has been drumming for 18 years, is no stranger to the spotlight, but this summer marks his first in... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    Already Six Weeks

    My days paraded to the rhythm of the team, a certain form of serenity growing deep inside me... Forty-five days ago, I placed my feet on Canadian soil, with the goal of changing my life completely. I must say that, for the moment, things are going... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: John Alderson, Bicycle Ride Productions

    Ski Bum Pizza Co. is Making Tracks

    There’s a new enterprise to the Yukon pizza scene. It’s big, unmistakably blue, and it’s serving up local ingredients atop a wood-fired crust, slope style. Ski Bum Pizza Co. is Yukon’s first pizza food truck, and the brainchild of longtime Yukon... more

    Jun 14, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Steele

    High Adventure

    At the age of 82, Peter Steele says he has very little memory of his own parents. That’s partly why he decided a few years ago to write his autobiography. “I didn’t want my own kids to able to say the same,” he explains. “I thought I had enough... more

    Jun 7, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Class of 2009: Colby Heynen

    In May 2017, Colby Heynen drove up the highway to Whitehorse from Southern Alberta. He and his girlfriend, Karin Wall, from Coaldale, Alberta will be renting an apartment here in Whitehorse and moving in the first of June. Colby has been back in... more

    Jun 7, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Courtesy of Hidden Histories Society Yukon

    If You Have a Dream, Come to Canada

    May is Asian Heritage Month. We recognize Socorro (Cory) Alfonso, who came to the Yukon in 1986 as one of the first Filipino nannies to work here. She was an adventurer, willing to leave the familiar for unknown challenges and the hope of a better... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Stephan Biedermann

    Women in Whitehorse - Part 3

    Larra Daley is the pioneering force behind the Cultured Fine Cheese shop in Horwood’s Mall. Though the shop has just recently integrated itself into a quintessential part of Whitehorse, Daley’s own Yukon journey began in the summer of 1996... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Katie Pope

    Class of 2009: Katie Pope

    As I was trying on new glasses a few weeks ago at Northern Lights Optometry, fashion specialist Katie Pope helped me. I liked her instantly and I complimented her on her extraordinary sense of style. On my next visit (according to Katie many... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    A New Daily Routine

    The quietness is however short lived, the silence broke as soon as I approached the harnesses… It was their way of showing their will to go; their desire to work. They were 50, and yet only 14 would be taken for the first round. And they knew it... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Elias Vallevand

    Women in Whitehorse - Part 2

    Teagyn Vallevand is an impressive young woman who pours her heart and soul into many different pockets of the Yukon. Vallevand is a member of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and her whole family has roots from the Whitehorse area. more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Serge Michaud

    Women in Whitehorse - Part 1

    Brettanie Deal-Porter is the program coordinator for Special Olympics Yukon, the Yukon's branch of an international organization devoted to making sports accessible to individuals with intellectual disabilities. It’s a job that Deal-Porter has... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    The Team

    I fell asleep, dreaming about all these beautiful things that the next days promised. The sweet melody of my alarm clock rang. It was 7:30 a.m., time to get up. It was above all time to greet and take care of my new colleagues. Here I was, clothed... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    Welcome to Alayuk Adventures

    Marcelle arrived shortly before 7:30 pm and I was on my way to Alayuk Adventures! My luggage loaded into the trunk, we get into the warm car and drive on the South Alaska Highway. Two strangers meeting for the first time – despite a few exchanges... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    The Long-Awaited Day

    The crazy adventure of a temporary (or definitive, who knows?) expatriate - Part 2 more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Rick Massie

    “Build the strength of your people”

    Al Cushing may be leaving, but he’s not going anywhere. When he steps into retirement at the end of this month, one aspect of the Yukon Arts Centre’s evolution during his nine years at the helm pleases Cushing the most. more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Yukon Tough

    A graduate of the Porter Creek Secondary School in the Class of 2009, Nicole Grove, 26, has always been physically strong. Back in 2003, in the days of Hidden Valley Elementary School, Nicole was a gold medalist in the Annual Yukon Wrestling... more

    Mar 22, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Élaine Michaud

    Les femmes, unies, jamais ne seront vaincues!

    Il y a près d’un an, j’ai quitté le Québec pour m’établir au Yukon. À la recherche de nouveaux défis, j’ai pris les rênes des EssentiElles, un groupe de défense des droits des femmes francophones du territoire. Bien que je me sois toujours... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    The Long-Awaited Day

    The crazy adventure of a temporary (or definitive, who knows?) expatriate - Part 1 more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Yukon Association for Community Living

    Beyond the Limits

    Mallory Pigage is a 26-year-old woman with an apartment in downtown Whitehorse, a large network of friends and her own business. A true Yukon success story, Mallory is determined to focus on her capabilities rather than her limitations, and has... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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