Anne Leckie, Chair
Anne Leckie has lived in the Mayo area since 1986. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in Geography, and, for many years, worked for the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun in Lands, Resource and Heritage management and served as their Executive Director until her retirement in 2011. A founding member of the Mayo Historical Society, Anne is a contributing author to the local history books "Gold and Galena" and "Heart of the Yukon". She is an active volunteer with the Silver Trail Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Association, currently serves as a Governor on the National Trust for Canada, and has been Chair of the YHRB since 2012. In her spare time, Anne lives at her farm situated between Stewart Crossing and Mayo, which is powered by its own micro-hydro system.
Photo: Harry Kern
G. Elaine Shorty, Vice Chair
Kùkhhittàn (Teslin Tlingit Council) – Children of the Raven
Born and raised in the Yukon, Elaine has a long history of working with grassroots Yukoners in many areas which include communications, Heritage, Traditional Knowledge, senior level administration and enjoying an inclusive Yukon lifestyle.
Elaine’s family history is: Dad- Norman Shorty Sr. from the Big Salmon Area, Mother-Emma Joanne Shorty from Teslin which also includes inherent connections to the homelands of Juneau, Alaska. Elaine is Inland Tlingit with UFA beneficiary/membership ties to Kwanlin Dun First Nation.
Elaine strives at living life with passion, integrity and compassion. Her favorite pastime is traveling, sewing and assisting people when she is able to. She also enjoys learning more about the Yukon First Nations rich history which includes traditional knowledge, place names, heritage, traditional medicines, sacred sites and objects.
Having worked with Yukon First Nations Heritage Group for 7 years, which includes membership representation of each the 14 Yukon First Nations, Elaine is excited to have this opportunity to sit on the Yukon Heritage Resource Board.
Photo: Michael Gates
Ron Chambers is a member of the Wolf Clan and a Champagne and Aishihik First Nations citizen. A well-known wilderness guide, actor, artist, and native history interpreter, Ron worked for many years as a park warden in Kluane National Park.
Over the years, Ron has been involved in a number of important archaeology projects. He is credited with “rediscovering” the Hoodoo Mountain obsidian source in Kluane National Park. He led the 1993 archaeology survey effort to relocate the 19th century Tatshenshini River native fishing villages. Ron served as Deputy Chief of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations during the time of the Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi discovery in 1999. Ron resides in Haines Junction.
John Firth is an award-winning writer/storyteller who grew up in Dawson City and lives in Whitehorse. He has authored six books on Yukon history and was a contributing writer to five other books. He received the Yukon Commissioner's Award in 1999 for his work in preserving the Yukon's dog mushing history and culture. In 2019 he was presented with a Heritage Award from the Yukon Historical and Museums Association for his ongoing contribution to telling the Yukon story.
A retired, decorated Military Officer, Red served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years, 12 of those in foreign lands with NATO in Europe and on various UN Peace Missions in the Middle East. He currently resides in Whitehorse. Beside being a board member of YHRB, Red is involved with the Royal Canadian Legion (Whitehorse Branch), a founding member of the Vimy Heritage Housing Society, a member of the Yukon Order of Pioneers and a published author. Upon retirement, Red operated a River Tour boat on the Yukon River for 10 years and was the Manager of a private security firm for eight years.
Ms. McLean is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation with Tlingit and Scottish/German ancestry. Her Chilkat Tlingit family roots reach past the discovery of gold in Yukon. Zena was born in Northern B.C. and raised in Carcross and Whitehorse, Yukon. Retired from a career with Transport Canada, she now works for the Parks Canada Field Unit on the Chilkoot Trail, the trail of her ancestors. Ms. McLean was appointed to the Yukon Heritage Resources Board in 2019 and is also a member of the Yukon Geographic Place Names Board and the Carcross/Tagish Renewable Resources Board. Zena is passionate about ensuring that Yukon First Nations heritage and culture are preserved within the Yukon territory.
Nancy Pope was born in Dawson City and raised in Bear Creek. She worked for the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation from 1959-1961 and married an RCMP officer at St. Paul’s Church in Dawson City in 1961. Her four children and six grandchildren all live in Whitehorse. Nancy retired to Tagish in 1990, where she served with the Tagish Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and the Tagish Volunteer Emergency Medical Services for 13 years.
Annette is long-time Yukon resident who has lived and worked in several of the communities, as well as Whitehorse. Her heritage is Metis with original family roots based in northern Manitoba. She holds a degree in Business Administration/Management and is continuing studies for her Masters in Heritage and Cultural Resource Management. She volunteers at Yukon Historical & Museums Association and spends time volunteering at Thomson Centre and visiting at Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility. After retiring from owning and operating an off-grid tourism-based business in the Haines Junction region, she now spends some of her spare time substitute teaching at the local community school. Heritage and history are her passion as she envisions Yukoners’ continued and respectful interest and investment in searching out, evaluating, and preserving all aspects of Yukon heritage. Annette currently resides in the Kluane region.