Our Team

Annette King
Annette King
Yukon Child & Youth Advocate

Annette King started in the position of Child and Youth Advocate in March 2015.  Annette brings enthusiasm and leadership to building on the foundation that has been developed over the last five years.

Annette was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and has worked in the field of social work in clinical and leadership positions with Yukon Government for the last 20 years.  She has worked in the areas of child abuse treatment, mental health and victim services.    Annette’s career has focussed on client service and program development. Having spent most of her career working in government systems, Annette understands that the complexity of the organizations can get in the away of meeting the goals, needs and rights of children and youth who access the services.   Therefore, children need adults to assist them in expressing themselves and to have their voice heard.  Annette values diversity, respect, collaboration and building capacity in others.  

Annette has a diploma in social work from Red Deer College, as well as a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from the University of Calgary. She believes in lifelong learning and applying current research and best practices to the unique environment of the North.

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. Growing up in Whitehorse, Bengie has witnessed considerable changes in the community and has first-hand experience in the education system as a student. Bengie was previously employed as the cultural workshops coordinator for the Cultural Resilience Project with the Northern Cultural Expressions Society. The goal of these workshops was to build up resilience in at-risk-youth and support youth in making positive choices toward productive lifestyles. As the workshops coordinator Bengie had a unique opportunity to interact with youth in delivering culturally relevant programming through art. Prior to her work with the Northern Cultural Expressions Society, Bengie was employed for 14 years at the Whitehorse General Hospital in the First Nations Health Programs, as the First Nations Child Life worker. A large part of Bengie's work was advocating for young patients with medical professionals, social workers, local resources, community agencies, First Nation Governments and family members in meeting the medical, social and developmental needs of the child/youth upon discharge from the hospital.

As the Deputy Child & Youth Advocate, Bengie is looking forward to supporting youth and children in having their voices heard and considered in the government services they are receiving.  

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
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