Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society is celebrating 40 years in good standing as a society in the Yukon. We were incorporated in 1979 and opened our doors in 1980. The Women’s Transition Home is located in Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwach’an Council. We provide safety and support to women and children who are responding to, and resisting, violence. Women’s Transition Home is an organization that preserves dignity. Our guiding principles include the following.
- We understand that victims always respond and resist.
- We view violence as deliberate. It is a choice.
- We are committed to providing a positive social response to every woman, child and colleague.
This International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the two trailblazers for whom we have named our buildings. Kaushee Harris and Betty Sjodin demonstrated mastery in empathy, compassion, courage, resilience, humility and strength. These remarkable women gave us the gift of leadership. They showed us how, in a non-judgemental and dignified way, to meet women experiencing violence, and how to do so in a way that always recognizes the individual stories and autonomy of each of those women. We cherish their remarkable contributions to our history and we proudly root ourselves in their legacies as we grow into the future.
Kaushee’s Place is named after the late Kaushee Harris (photo above), a Tlingit First Nation woman from Atlin, B.C. She was a gentle, loving and fierce advocate for women. A mother of seven, a teacher and leader, Kaushee started the safe home for women that is now Women’s Transition Home. Kaushee never forgot others who were confronted with challenges and barriers. Until her death, she worked diligently for the betterment of Yukon society.
Betty Sjodin was born in Ross River and raised traditionally. After having been a resident of the Women’s Transition Home, she chose to dedicate her life to supporting women and children fleeing abuse by becoming a Transition Home Worker. Betty provided the community with a remarkable example of leadership, compassion and strength. Her empathetic and kind nature, as well as her courage to share her own life experience, often gave other women the strength to recognize their own resistance and resilience.
Join International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre open house
Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre
There will be presentations, food and a photo booth
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PSAC Regional Women’s Committee open house
Union Hall in the Lucy Jackson Training room
Food, photo booth and recognizing local women for their contributions
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dream Girl film screening
Film screening and speeches from local entrepreneurs