Our Team

Annette King Annette King Yukon Child & Youth Advocate

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

My passion has always been working with children.  I have 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. I understand the complexities of government systems and am dedicated to assisting children, youth and their families to navigate organizations.

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  I was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and I left the territory to attend Red Deer College and University of Calgary. I am a believer in lifelong learning, building capacity in others and applying current research and best practices to the unique environment of the North.

Outside of work, I enjoy sports, fitness, travel, family, friends, and jumping in lakes.

Bengie Clethero Bengie Clethero Deputy Child & Youth Advocate

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

Having worked most of my career with or for First Nation citizens, and the last 20 years working with children and youth, I am familiar with issues that are experienced in the community. I have worked as the Deputy Child and Youth Advocate for the last 6 years and enjoy working with young people who may appreciate support in expressing themselves. 

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

In my own time I like golfing, taking fitness classes, walking my dog and spending time with family and friends.

Lynda Silverfox Lynda Silverfox Systemic Analyst

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 and other designated 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.   

Annie Blake Annie Blake Administrative & Communications Assistant

Hello, I’m Annie. I am Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and am of the wolf clan. I am from the Nukon family of Old Crow and the Blake family of Fort McPherson NWT. I was raised in the community of Old Crow during my childhood. I spent much of my youth and adult life in Whitehorse. I began working at the YCAO in April 2017 for a term position. I have recently returned to the Advocate office after completing my final practicum for the Bachelor of Social Work program at Yukon College. During my free time I enjoy beading, spending time with my family, being out on the land and cruising the highway to explore beautiful Yukon.

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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ask for the Yukon Child Advocate.