2020 AGM

Tuesday, September 22nd from 12pm – 1pm
Online (links to be provided 1 week prior)

Mark your calendars for Tuesday September 22nd from noon to 1pm for the Preserve’s Annual General Meeting! This year’s AGM will take place online via a video conferencing platform.

Members are entitled and encouraged to participate and use their vote. Check your membership status and renew online before the AGM!

To get reminders and RSVP, check out the Facebook Event Page. Video conferencing links and links to our 2019-20 Annual Report and Financials will be provided here one week prior to the meeting.


Join the Board

As part of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society’s (YWPOS) AGM, our membership will elect/re-elect board members. The YWPOS is seeking nominations for board members with background in finance, fundraising, and/or communications.

We are also seeking engaged community members with interest and expertise in Animal Care, Environmental Education and Research to contribute to YWPOS’s committees.

To express your interest and make a contribution to the society, please reach out to:

Alexandra Tait, YWPOS President


Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society is run by a volunteer Board of Directors elected each year at an Annual General Meeting.

2018-19 YWPOS Annual Report (4mb PDF)

2017-18 YWPOS Annual Report (2mb PDF)

2019-20 Board of Directors

Alexandra Tait, President
Shawna Warshawski, 1st VP
Chris Evans, 2nd VP
Vacant, Treasurer
Kristine Hildebrand
Kirk Cameron
Harmony Hunter
Emily Hoefs
Melissa Croskery
Eamonn Pinto
Dennis Berry, non-voting YG rep
Drew MacNeil, non-voting YG rep

Learn more about our committees

Animal Care Committee
The goals of this Committee are to:

  • Operate within the parameters of the Memorandum of Understanding with Yukon Government, Animal Health Unit;
  • Regularly review and revise when required, YWPOS Policies and Protocols relevant to the delivering of animal care and management at the YWP ensuring:
    • Compliance with the needs and requirements of the Board of Directors and Staff
    • Compliance with the Yukon Societies Act
    • Compliance with the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
    • Compliance with applicable federal and territorial Acts and Regulations
  • Provide recommendations for bylaw or policy changes to the Executive Committee for consideration.
  • Provide comment and guidance on any proposed research or testing projects or teaching programs involving animals at the YWP;
  • Provide comment and guidance on animals held for display or breeding purposes, research, teaching, or testing, except where current regulatory requirements provide exemptions. Be advised of other animalbased activities, such as commercial or recreational activities, within an institution, and to work with responsible persons to ensure appropriate animal care and use is undertaken in accordance to appropriate procedures and protocols;
  • Require all animal users and researchers to present detailed information on animal use protocols and procedures to be employed on animals from the YWP and to animals on the YWP.
Education Committee

The goals of this Committee are to:

  • To oversee the development of exceptional educational experiences by the YWP, including formal educational programs, informal educational activities, outreach programs and public programs.
  • To oversee the development of exceptional visitor experiences at the YWP.
  • To evaluate educational program goals, merit and effectiveness.
  • To encourage multidisciplinary educational opportunities.
  • To collaborate with other groups and institutions to deliver educational experiences that align with the mandate and mission of the YWP.
Research Committee

The goals of this Committee are to:

  • Develop a research strategy for the YWP, within the framework approved by the Board of Directors and as established in the Master Plan
  • Keep under review, research activities of the YWP in order to encourage and facilitate research of the highest quality
  • Ensure that research undertaken by institutions or groups operating at the YWP, is conducted in an ethicallysound manner, in accordance with the YWP and CAZA policies and procedures
  • Identify grant or research funding opportunities and to work with the Executive Committee and Staff to develop proposals
  • Identify potential research partners, academic institutions, and other stakeholders that serve to increase the value and quality of research conducted out of the YWP
  • Ensure that any and all research activities are revenue generators for YWPOS (or at a minimum are cost-neutral).

Contact the Board (board@yukonwildlife.ca)

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Other Contact Options

Alexandra Tait, president@yukonwildlife.ca
Shawna Warskawsk and Chris Evans, vp@yukonwildlife.ca


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Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Box 20191
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 7A2

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