Our Team

Annette King Annette King Yukon Child & Youth Advocate

Annette King was sworn in as Yukon’s second Child and Youth Advocate on May 1st, 2015.  She brings leadership and enthusiasm to creating a child advocacy office that can help children and youth reach their potential. 

Annette’s passion has always been working with children.  She has held several clinical and leadership positions within the field of social work over the last 20 years, including child abuse treatment, mental health, and victim services.     She understands the complexities of government systems and is dedicated to assist children, youth and their families to navigate organizations.

Annette has a Master Degree in Social Work.  She was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and left the territory to attend Red Deer College and University of Calgary.  She believes in lifelong learning, building capacity in others and applying current research and best practices to the unique environment of the North.

Annette enjoys sports, fitness, travel, family, friends, and jumping in lakes.


Bengie Clethero Bengie Clethero Deputy Child & Youth Advocate

Bengie Clethero was born and raised in Whitehorse, is of Northern Tutchone/Tlingit descent and a member of the crow clan. 

Having worked most of her career with or for First Nation citizens, and the last 20 years working with children and youth, Bengie is familiar with issues that are experienced in the community. Bengie has worked as the Deputy Child and Youth Advocate for the last 6 years and enjoys working with young people in expressing themselves. 

Bengie graduated from FH Collins, attended UBC, took training with the Nechi Institute, plus numerous courses/workshops.  Maintaining a balance of the four aspects of the self is key to enjoying and thriving in life and is something Bengie strives for.

Bengie likes golfing, fitness classes, walking her dog and spending time with family and friends.


Jessica Williams Jessica Williams Advocacy Caseworker 8674565575

Jessica Williams was born and raised in Whitehorse, joining the local team at the YCAO for a term position.

Jessica’s professional experience is working with adults with disabilities and her academic experience reflects a Master’s in Counselling. Jessica is excited to be part of the YCAO as they expand their office and their systemic advocacy with Jessica taking the role of Advocacy Caseworker, at the individual level. Jessica has strong skills in communication and working in a team. She enjoys looking at the whole person and how it impacts the presenting issue.

Jessica likes reading, spending time with family and friends and wandering around various corners of the Yukon wilderness.


Lynda Silverfox Lynda Silverfox Systemic Analyst 8674565575

Hi, my name is Lynda Silverfox. My family originates from around Big Salmon, Yukon. I am of the Crow Clan, Northern Tutchone and a citizen of Kwanlin Dun First Nation. I recently retired from Yukon Government, Health and Social Services, after 17 years. I accepted the Systemic Analyst position with the Child Youth Advocate office on May 8, 2018. It is a position that provides an opportunity to contribute to meaningful change for young people who may encounter child protective services. 

As a result of personal challenges that affected my family, residential school, inter-generational trauma and being a permanent ward of child welfare; I decided to take the Bachelor of Social Work. I enjoy playing softball with my family and exploring our beautiful Yukon. I am a life-long learner and my journey is to leave a legacy that will encourage others to address life’s challenges and to become all that you can be.   

Young People Have A Voice!

Yukon Child & Youth
Advocate Office
2070 2nd Avenue, Unit 19
Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 1B1
Phone: (867) 456-5575
Fax: (867) 456-5574
Our toll free number:
1-800-661-0408,
ask for the Yukon Child Advocate.

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