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August 4, 2017

Whitehorse Chamber E-Bulletin “The Voice Of Business”

In This Week’s Edition for September 15, 2017… 1. Humane Society BAH 2. Start Up Canada North Awards 3. Golden Host Service Excellence Award Winner 4. Yukon Association of Community Living Employment Program 5. City of Whitehorse Update 6. Exploring the needs and interests of Canadian Entrepreneurs Age 50+ 7. The Change Project Survey 8. Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance 9. First Data Merchant Services 10.UPS Members Benefit Program

August 4, 2017

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Humane Society Yukon

The next BAH of the season is to help celebrate the great work the Humane Society has been doing for 30 years. Come on out and see all their facilities, learn how they look after and protect animals, network, enjoy some treats and have a chance to win some door prizes. Date: September 21, 2017 Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Location: Humane Society 126 Tlingit Street RSVP to: or call 667.7545

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August 4, 2017

For​ ​immediate​ ​release  2017-09-07  August’s​ ​Golden​ ​Host​ ​Service​ ​Excellence​ ​Awards​ ​Winner​ ​Announced  Whitehorse,​ ​Yukon​ ​–​ ​84​ ​nominations​ ​were​ ​collected​ ​for​ ​the​ ​August​ ​2017​ ​Golden​ ​Host  Awards​ ​which​ ​recognizes​ ​frontline​ ​workers​ ​for​ ​their​ ​extraordinary​ ​service​ ​to​ ​our​ ​Yukon  visitors.  The​ ​Yukon​ ​Tourism​ ​Education​ ​Council​ ​(YTEC)​ ​along​ ​with​ ​their​ ​partners​ ​the​ ​Whitehorse  Chamber​ ​of​ ​Commerce​ ​(WCC)​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Tourism​ ​Industry​ ​Association​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Yukon​ ​(TIA  Yukon)​ ​are​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Host​ ​Service​ ​Excellence  Award​ ​for​ ​August​ ​2017. 

Logan​ ​Murdoch​ ​-​ ​Metro​ ​Chrysler​ ​Ltd.​ ​&​ ​Tony​ ​Fok​ ​-​ ​Certified​ ​Auto Services,​ ​Whitehorse​ ​YT  “I​ ​arrived​ ​in​ ​Whitehorse​ ​at​ ​5:00​ ​pm​ ​on​ ​a​ ​Friday​ ​night.​ ​The​ ​vehicle​ ​I​ ​was​ ​driving​ ​was​ ​in  need​ ​of​ ​serious​ ​repair.​ ​Logan​ ​Murdoch​ ​at​ ​Metro​ ​Chrysler,​ ​was​ ​not​ ​able​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​me​ ​in​ ​for  repairs,​ ​he​ ​suggested​ ​an​ ​alternative​ ​company.​ ​This​ ​was​ ​not​ ​a​ ​brush-off,​ ​but​ ​a​ ​valid  effort,​ ​he​ ​provided​ ​a​ ​map,​ ​address​ ​and​ ​phone​ ​numbers​ ​for​ ​3​ ​alternative​ ​companies.​ ​At  5:30​ ​pm​ ​I​ ​met​ ​Tony​ ​Fok​ ​at​ ​Certified​ ​Auto​ ​Service,​ ​he​ ​assessed​ ​my​ ​vehicle​ ​and​ ​ordered  necessary​ ​parts.​ ​He​ ​performed​ ​the​ ​repairs​ ​the​ ​next​ ​day​ ​and​ ​by​ ​mid-afternoon​ ​I​ ​was​ ​on  my​ ​way.​ ​I​ ​could​ ​hardly​ ​believe​ ​my​ ​good​ ​fortune.​ ​To​ ​have​ ​a​ ​fairly​ ​serious​ ​automotive  repair​ ​matter​ ​successfully​ ​dealt​ ​with​ ​in​ ​less​ ​than​ ​24​ ​hours,​ ​is​ ​exceptional.”​ ​–​ ​Wade  Johnson,​ ​Prince​ ​Rupert​ ​BC  

Linda​ ​Goodwin​ ​-​ ​Nugget​ ​City​ ​RV,​ ​Watson​ ​Lake​ ​YT “For​ ​four​ ​days​ ​my​ ​husband​ ​and​ ​I​ ​were​ ​stuck​ ​in​ ​a​ ​pull-out​ ​along​ ​the​ ​Alaska​ ​Highway.​ ​We  had​ ​no​ ​cell​ ​reception​ ​to​ ​call​ ​a​ ​badly​ ​needed​ ​tow​ ​truck.​ ​We​ ​asked​ ​a​ ​passerby​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a  message​ ​to​ ​Nugget​ ​City​ ​asking​ ​them​ ​to​ ​call​ ​a​ ​tow​ ​truck.​ ​Linda​ ​sent​ ​a​ ​note​ ​back​ ​saying  she​ ​was​ ​having​ ​a​ ​difficult​ ​time​ ​getting​ ​the​ ​tow​ ​truck​ ​company​ ​to​ ​respond.​ ​Finally​ ​after  four​ ​days​ ​and​ ​out​ ​of​ ​water,​ ​we​ ​were​ ​towed​ ​to​ ​Whitehorse.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​staying​ ​until​ ​a  rebuilt​ ​engine​ ​arrives​ ​from​ ​the​ ​USA.​ ​I​ ​cannot​ ​express​ ​our​ ​gratitude​ ​for​ ​the​ ​assistance​ ​of  Linda​ ​and​ ​her​ ​family.​ ​I​ ​know​ ​they​ ​were​ ​on​ ​the​ ​phone​ ​for​ ​hours.​ ​She​ ​is​ ​literally​ ​a  lifesaver.”​ ​–​ ​Karen​ ​Richardson,​ ​Missouri,​ ​USA   

August 4, 2017

Congratulations​ ​to​ ​all​ ​August​ ​2017​ ​Golden​ ​Host​ ​Nominees​ ​with​ ​employees​ ​from: The​ ​Beez​ ​Kneez​ ​Bakpakers 

MacBride​ ​Museum

Binet​ ​House​ ​Museum,​ ​Mayo

Northern​ ​Lights​ ​Optometry

Bombay​ ​Peggy's,​ ​Dawson​ ​City

NWT​ ​Visitor​ ​Information​ ​Centre, Dawson​ ​City 

Canadas​ ​Best​ ​Value​ ​Inn​ ​-​ ​Downtown Hotel,​ ​Dawson​ ​City 

Nugget​ ​City,​ ​Watson​ ​Lake

Canadas​ ​Best​ ​Value​ ​Inn​ ​-​ ​River​ ​View Hotel 

Parks​ ​Canada,​ ​Dawson​ ​City

Campbell​ ​Region​ ​Interpretive​ ​Centre, Faro 

Robert​ ​Service​ ​Cabin,​ ​Dawson​ ​City

Premier​ ​Cabs Robert​ ​Service​ ​Campground 

Carcross​ ​Visitor​ ​Information​ ​Centre

A​ ​Scandia​ ​House​ ​Bed​ ​and​ ​Breakfast

Carcross​ ​Commons  

Six​ ​Mile​ ​River​ ​Resort,​ ​Tagish

The​ ​Caribou​ ​RV​ ​Park

Wheaton​ ​River​ ​Wilderness​ ​Retreat

Dawson​ ​City​ ​Visitor​ ​Information​ ​Centre

Whitehorse​ ​Visitor​ ​Information​ ​Centre

Done-Rite​ ​Painting​ ​Contractors

Whitehorse​ ​Who​ ​What​ ​Where​ ​Tours

Days​ ​Inn​ ​Whitehorse

Yukon​ ​Beringia​ ​Interpretive​ ​Centre

Fishwheel​ ​Charter​ ​Services,​ ​Dawson​ ​City

Yukon​ ​Conservation​ ​Society​ ​-​ ​Miles Canyon​ ​to​ ​Canyon​ ​City​ ​Hike 

Fraserway​ ​RV Grizzly​ ​Bear​ ​Taxi 

Yukon​ ​Trail​ ​Marathon​ ​-​ ​2017​ ​Organizers

Kwanlin​ ​Dün​ ​Cultural​ ​Centre

Yukon​ ​Wildlife​ ​Preserve

The​ ​partners​ ​gratefully​ ​acknowledge​ ​The​ ​RUSH,​ ​Northern​ ​Native​ ​Broadcasting​ ​Yukon, and​ ​Yukon​ ​News​ ​for​ ​their​ ​promotional​ ​support.  If​ ​you​ ​know​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​has​ ​provided​ ​extraordinary​ ​service,​ ​please​ ​nominate​ ​them!  Golden​ ​Host​ ​Nomination​ ​forms​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​throughout​ ​Yukon​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​Visitor  Information​ ​Centres.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​submit​ ​nominations​ ​online​ ​at​ ​​. 

–30– For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Host​ ​program​ ​please​ ​contact:  Suzanne​ ​Blackjack​ ​–​ ​Programming​ ​Coordinator,​ ​YTEC  4141D​ ​4th​ ​Avenue  Whitehorse​ ​YT​ ​ ​Y1A​ ​1J1  Whitehorse:​ ​+1​ ​867​ ​667​ ​4733​ ​or​ ​Toll-free:​ ​+1​ ​844​ ​667​ ​4733 

August 4, 2017

Yukon Association for Community Living Employment Program Blooms with Partnership from The Whitehorse Chamber and Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Every summer for the past 3 years the Yukon Association for Community Living (YACL) has partnered with the Chamber and Skookum Jim to maintain the downtown flower boxes. The Chamber hires two young people who water, weed and replant the Chamber planter boxes throughout the summer with the support of a job coach from YACL. These supports are funded through a national initiative called Ready Willing & Able (RWA) to help people with intellectual barriers obtain and maintain employment by providing individual supports. Ready, Willing and Able is an innovative national program built on the principle of real work for real pay. To date, the RWA team in the Yukon has partnered with many of the existing employment resources such as Challenge, the Yukon College and Kwanlin Dunn and helped to create more than 80 new employment opportunities in Whitehorse and area. Many of the job-seekers, some previously deemed as unemployable, have now graduated away from the support of their job coach and are now included alongside their peers and fully accommodated in the routine running of the businesses and organizations that hired them. Angela Springgay maintaining planter boxes in the City of Whitehorse, Summer 2017

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Tammy Devlin, store manager at Shoppers Drug Mart on Main street has been working with RWA for 3 years. She believes the Ready, Willing and Able Program has been a privilege for the team. “The hiring and onboarding was no different than any other employee hire. There was no judgement or changes to our hiring practices. The RWA employee is just like any other employee. There will always be challenges in the workplace when you have a multitude of different personalities. I think that it's all how you approach the situation. I would highly encourage any other workplace to give the RWA program a try. We are changing their lives and they are changing ours. Everyone deserves a chance. We will continue to work alongside with YACL and be an active employer with RWA. I love this program and can't quite say enough good words about it.� Tammy Devlin, August 2017 Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is a national partnership of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and their member organizations. If you are interested in inclusive hiring in your business, please contact Shonagh McCrindle, Employment Program Coordinator at YACL 867667-4606 or

Rachel, Tammy, Kaitlin & Faith at work in Summer 2017.

August 4, 2017

September 15, 2017

Old Town Popup Event Grab a coffee/ tea. Take a walking tour. Share your thoughts with us on the proposed next steps for the future of Downtown Whitehorse. September 19 / 4-8pm (walking tour at 6:30pm) Black Street Stairs Get more details at downtown

Household Hazardous Waste Day The next HHW Day is this Saturday September 16, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility. Bring select items for free disposal! Visit

Next City Council Meeting The next Standing Committee Meeting is September 18, 5:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers. View for Council and for CASM meetings.

Grey Mountain Cemetery Ornament Cleanup As part of annual maintenance prior to winter, our crews will be cleaning up all plot ornaments at Grey Mountain Cemetery starting September 19. Please remove any personal items for safekeeping prior to this date. Visit

Culture Days / Doors Open Yukon Find out what's happening across town between September 29 and October 1 online at

New Animal Licenses Available Now 2018 dog and cat licenses are available for purchase at City Hall and our Animal Shelter. See more information at

Environmental Grant Deadline Good money for great ideas. The next major grant deadline is October 16. Minor grants are available year-round. Get details at

Residential Housing Lots Online Surveys

Our second phase surveys on the updated lot layout proposals are available and will be open until October 23. See more at

August 4, 2017

Invitation to Participate: Exploring the needs and interests of Canadian Entrepreneurs Age 50+ The Centre for Elder Research is conducting a national study to learn more about new and established Canadian business entrepreneurs age 50+. We want to ensure that entrepreneurs 50+ from all Canadian provinces and territories have an opportunity to contribute to this study. To reach as many people as possible, the study team would be most appreciative if you could post a brief description about the project and a link to the survey on your website. The survey link will be active as of September 6th, 2017.   If you are able to assist us in this regard, here is a brief project description that you may want to include on your website. We would also appreciate it if you could share this opportunity through your usual social media channels, newsletters et cetera.   “The Centre for Elder Research, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario is conducting a nation-wide study to help us to learn more about new and established Canadian entrepreneurs age 50+ as well as those individuals 50+ who are actively pursuing a defined business idea. The study is funded by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC). If you are a Canadian entrepreneur age 50+, you are invited to complete the survey and may do so by clicking on the following link. Please note that the survey is available in both English and French. English French  

Thank you for your participation. The Centre for Elder Research Project Team”

August 4, 2017

Shākāt Journal: The Change Project Survey The Youth of Today Society, based in Whitehorse, Yukon, is developing a Millennial publication (both online and print) to support the expression of Yukon Millennials voices' on issues that matter to them. The publication, Shākāt Journal: The Change Project, will come in the form of a twice yearly print magazine (winter and summer editions), and an e-magazine/website that will roll over with new content quarterly. Online content will use photo, audio and video formats to engage viewers about our stories. Relevant multi-media training will allow Millennials to present their voice in a digital and print medium. The ultimate goal of this project is to provide the means for our young people to thrive alongside the digital economy, despite their current station in life. We believe that through art and media education we can help high-risk Northern youth by giving them the tools to express themselves in healthy and productive ways. This will be done through the ongoing production of the Shākāt Journal. By sharing the stories written by young people from around the territory, the Journal will communicate the unique experiences they face. It will share aspects of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures, which can ultimately result in understanding and respect. By breaking the cycle of hopelessness, unemployment and racism many youth face, Shākāt Journal will stand as the youth support Yukon needs. By providing relevant multi-media training and skills development, Shākāt will provide a portal that serves a positive social need. We are conducting a survey to help reveal our supporters so that we may better serve your needs and expectations. This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us design a publication that is sustainable, long term. It's also a chance for Yukon millennials to make positive impacts on northern life. Yukoners are a sharing and caring society and we are confident you see the value of helping northern Millennials to succeed. Thank you for your support. For questions or more details please contact: Paige Hopkins Editor in Chief, Shākāt Journal: The Change Project (250) 208- 5441 | |


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