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.
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 a long-time Yukon resident. She has a BA in Business Administration & Management and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Heritage & Cultural Resources. She has 35 years of experience in administration and management within the private sector. She currently owns and operates a seasonal tourism business in the Kluane region.
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.