Welcome to our Organizational Structure
Here you will find our Executive Director's Message, an introduction to our operational staff team, and our Board of Directors.
You will also find access to our Annual Reports and acknowledgement of our Sponsors.
Executive Director's Message
Hello and welcome to the Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Society, an exceptional cohort and team of professional service providers! With four offices located in Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Dawson City and Haines Junction, our dedicated Many Rivers staff is committed to providing quality services to Yukon communities. Confidential services are available at no cost to individuals, couples and families seeking assistance and support. Services are provided with your needs and respect as a priority.
Many Rivers is a part of your community, and has been for nearly fifty years. We are a charitable, non-profit organization overseen by a committed Board of Directors. Our organization is dedicated to the vision of "healthy individuals and families living in supportive communities strengthened by accessible, high quality counselling and service programs".
Be sure to check out our annual National Family Week activities and events each October. As well, please have a look through our website and feel free to call with any questions you may have about our services. On behalf of the entire Many Rivers’ team, we look forward to being of service to you!
Brent Ramsay, MBA
Brent Ramsay has worked in the human services field for over twenty-five years in client service, mediation, consulting and administration. Brent has a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a B.A. Honours (Psych.) from University of Saskatchewan. He is completing his Doctorate of Business Administration from the Paris School of Business.
He has served as Executive Director for Alberta Community Council on HIV, West Central Crisis & Family Support Services and Health Director for Nazko First Nation. Brent is a Certified Advanced Practitioner with the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and a long-standing approved instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Family Mediation Canada, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He previously provided consultation and change management services to organizations across Canada.
Many Rivers Would Like To Introduce Our Staff Team!
Jennifer Jackson, Director of Finance & Benefits
Jennifer Jackson has worked in the Administrative Field for over 15 years. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and moved to Vancouver, BC for a number of years to work and study Business Administration at Capilano University.
Her background in the banking, home security, and the mining industries while in Vancouver has led to a well-rounded knowledge base in her career. Finance has been a natural fit with her experience and education. She has continued updating her education, by participating in training, workshops, financial conferences, online courses, as well as courses offer locally at Yukon College.
Jennifer moved back to her hometown of Whitehorse in May 2012 and became part of the Many Rivers Team in September 2012.
Michelle Vainio, Director of Intake & Administration
Michelle has been a member of the Many Rivers team since January 2014.
Having worked for almost 20 years in office settings, she has a vast range of experiences. Michelle very much enjoys working in the administrative field. She particularly likes working collaboratively in a healthy environment that encourages team building.
Michelle’s notable public life experiences include serving on many boards and committees dedicated to enhancing the well-being of others. She has organized many community events and she is very passionate about volunteering.
Mary DeVan, Director of Clinical Services
Mary DeVan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. She holds a Masters in Sociology and a Masters in Counselling, and has worked in the human service field for 25 years both as a clinician and as a clinical supervisor.
Mary also offers training to counsellors, and is a group facilitator.
Tameeza Samji, Consulting Psychologist
Tameeza is a Registered Clinical Psychologist originally from Calgary presenting living in San Francisco, California. Tameeza has a specialized background in harm reduction and services to the GLBT community.
Tameeza provides periodic consultation to the Many Rivers Outreach Van client services.
Becky Hill, Outreach Van Coordinator
Becky Hill grew up in a small town outside of Kingston Ontario and is a graduate of St. Lawrence College Behavioural Science Technology program. She then relocated to Kentville Nova Scotia and took a 1-year post graduate Addictions and Community Outreach program and now calls Whitehorse home.
Becky is eager and devoted to help improve the quality of life for the Whitehorse community members. Becky has a wide range of experience working in homeless shelters, with youth, in schools, and with individuals who experience brain injury, addiction and or mental illness. She believes building a strong trusting rapport with individuals will improve their safety, health, and social needs.
Jordan Aslett, MSW
Jordan consults with Many Rivers on the development and implementation of special projects involving agency learning. He currently oversees the implementation and processing of Client Feedback and Agency-wide instruments, as well as the Clinical Internship initiative. Jordan holds Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Ryerson University. He has worked in counselling, crisis intervention, and program administration for over 13 years, primarily in services for children and youth. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work through Memorial University (Newfoundland). Jordan is also a faculty member in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Yukon College where he teaches community practice, research and policy.
Jo-Anne Arnold, FSEAP Administrative Assistant
Jo-Anne has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Guelph, focusing on Women’s Studies and Statistics, and an Honours BA in Criminology from the University of Windsor. She originally moved to Whitehorse in 1998 for an internship with the RCMP and was subsequently hired as the Community Justice Forum Coordinator and part-time Finance Clerk. Although she left the Yukon in late 1999, she always wanted to return and did so in 2017 and happily considers Whitehorse her permanent home.
Having lived in many cities across Canada, and also 4 years in the UK, she brings over 25 years of diversified experience to the Family Services Employee Assistance Program. Jo-Anne has worked and volunteered mentoring at-risk youth, educating on harm reduction, in transition houses, in women’s shelters, on crisis lines and also filling various administrative roles within policing, military, federal government and finance environments. She thoroughly enjoys working with and helping people which shows in her easy-going and client-focused approach.
In her spare time Jo-Anne enjoys being outdoors, especially in winter, reading, listening to music, healthy vegetarian cooking, backpacking, tending to her woodstove and training and spending time with her pup Winnie.
Amanda Corothers, Administrative Assistant
Amanda was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. She has worked in the customer service field for 7 years and is updating her education by attending the Business Administration program at Yukon College.
Driven by her compassion and supportive nature towards people, Amanda has a high level of motivation to be part of the team. She respects and appreciates what Many Rivers has to offer to the community and is excited about providing a warm welcoming experience to the community.
Amanda’s son believes that her superpower is Kindness. She is certain that a single act of kindness can make all the difference in someone’s life. Some other wonderful traits she has to offer are that she is open-minded, caring, cheerful, friendly, and outgoing. Amanda loves spending time with her son and dog. On her spare time she enjoys music, dancing, yoga, and meditation.
Leatha Anderson, Administrative Assistant
Leatha Anderson joined the Many Rivers admin team in Oct 2008. She works full time in our Watson Lake office. Leatha is a long time Yukoner. She volunteers for the Watson Lake Riding Association, 4-H, and 4-H Yukon.
Leatha has two daughters and a son-in-law. If she is not at the office you can find her hanging out with her kids, cats, dog or horse.
Kristine Fisher, Administrative Assistant
Kristine is a 3rd generation Yukoner, born and raised in Whitehorse. She comes to Many Rivers with background in retail business and administration. She is a people person with love and respect for all living things. Being in nature and spending time with her children, family and friends is most important to her.
Kristine is very happy to be working within an organization that embraces kindness, compassion, respect and integrity.
About our Board of Directors
A board of directors, on behalf of the Yukon community, is formed to determine and assure achievement of the ends set by the Board in pursuit of their vision. They also see that Many Rivers avoids unacceptable actions and situations.
Our Board of Directors for 2017 - 2018
Marian Bailey - President
Larry Kwiat - 1st Vice President
Marian Horne - 2nd Vice President
D Stevenson - Board Director
Mike Paquin - Board Director
James Cahill - Board Director
Brian Bunning- Board Director
Our Board Governs with Emphasis On:
* Outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation *
* Commitment to obtaining community input *
* Encouragement of diversity in viewpoints *
* Strategic leadership more than administrative detail *
* Clear distinction of Board and staff roles *
* Collective rather than individual decisions *
* Future rather than past or present *
* Pro-activity rather than reactivity *
We would like to thank all our sponsors, without whose generous support we would not be able to provide consistent and professional service to so many Yukon communities. We salute your sense of community involvement.
Many Rivers Counselling is a member of Family Services Canada