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Upcoming Workshops

In an effort to meet the ongoing training needs and to best support Yukon non-profit agencies, VBY offers regular training in Whitehorse and on-line training workshops covering all topics of importance to non-profits. If you or your agency has a request for specific training needs, please contact VBY and we will do our best to offer a training session on your suggested issue or topic.

A number of local professionals, who specialize in various areas of interest to non-profit agencies’ Boards and staff, donate their time to deliver training workshops to VBY members throughout Yukon.

List of upcoming workshops/Presentations.  (updated on April 20th, 2018):

1- Sexualized Harassment in the Workplace

Workshop Overview:  The training course “Sexualized Harassment in the Workplace” will cover topics about your rights, responsibilities, and how to develop sexualized harassment policies. This workshop will provide information on:

  • Defining sexualized harassment
  • Preventing harassment
  • What you can do if you experience harassment and/or someone reports harassment to you
  • Elements of an effective sexualized harassment policy
  • An organization’s responsibilities to your employees and volunteers
  • And more! Including answering questions.

Date: Thursday, May 3rd

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


  • Whitehorse: The Francophone Centre, 302 Strickland St. (Wheelchair accessible)
  • Communities: on May 3rd, around 9:30 am, you will receive a Youtube Link from Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon. The workshop will be broadcast live via Youtube. 30 minutes before the workshop, VBY will send the workshop link by email to all registered.

The Yukon Human Rights Commission promotes equality and diversity through research, education, and enforcement of the Yukon Human Rights Act. YHRC provides human rights training and educational resources, assists both the complainant and respondent in human rights complaints, and encourages and assists with settlement efforts. For more information, please visit:

Volunteer Trainer: 

Sarah Murphy: Sarah Murphy joined the Commission in April 2018. She has a Master of Social Work from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University. Prior to joining the Commission, Sarah was the Program Coordinator at the Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre.

Emmanuel Owusu: Emmanuel Owusu joined the Commission in July 2017. He has an LL.B from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana and an LL.M from the University of Calgary. He is also an alumnus of the Fordham Law Summer Human Rights Program. Prior to joining the Commission, Emmanuel was an instructor in the Law and Society Program at the University of Calgary where he taught courses on Liberalism and Socio-Legal Issues in Modern Liberal Societies. He also worked as an instructor at Athabasca University where his teaching focused on Charter Rights and Justice.

Emmanuel is passionate about Human Rights and Justice and has experience working and volunteering with several human rights and justice initiatives both in Canada and abroad. He previously worked with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana, and served as a Legal Advisor to the Dean of Students’ Office at KNUST. Emmanuel has a high community spirit and was actively involved in community projects with the Calgary Youth Justice Society and Pro Bono Law Alberta before moving to Whitehorse.


  • Whitehorse: $35 per workshop for our members (up to 2 people) or $70 for non-members (NGOs will automatically become a member)
  • Communities: Free if your organisation will become a member of VBY (Membership fee: $35)

Registration: To register, contact Bruno at Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon at 456-4304 or at

This workshop is presented by Yukon Human Rights Commission and Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon.

Next Workshops (Stay tuned for the synopsis for each workshop)

  1. Thursday May 3, Yukon Human Rights Commission, Human Rights 101, at Association franco-yukonnaise, 10:00 am to noon
  2. Wednesday May 30, Crystal Shimoon, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, at Association franco-yukonnaise, 10:00 am to noon
  3. Thrusday June 14, Patti Balsillie, Arctic Inspiration Prize Presentation, at Association franco-yukonnaise, 10:00 am to noon


Past 2017-2018 Workshops/Presentations:

  1. Second Hand Store Information Session, September 7 at Association franco-yukonnaise, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY), Humane Society Yukon and Little Footprints Big Steps Child Protection are inviting you to an information session about a second hand store idea that could be managed by non-profit organizations. Since the Salvation Army, Raven Recycling and the City of Whitehorse have closed their thrift store and free store, we believe that a group of NGOs could work together to open a second-hand store in Whitehorse.
  2. Arctic Inspiration Prize Presentation, September 20 at Association franco-yukonnaise, 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.This year, the AIP created a new tiered model that includes an annual $1 million prize, up to five prizes of $500,000 and a category dedicated to Youth with projects valued at $100K or less. The total prize amount has been increased to up to $3 million, which will be shared annually by up to 10 winning teams, depending on the number and quality of nominations and the funds available.
  3. Agenda, Minutes and Listening Skills, Friday,December 1, 2017 at (co)Space, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Trainer: Denise Labelle-Gelinas, PRP
  4. Procedural By-laws, Saturday December 2, 2017 at (co)Space, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Trainer: Denise Labelle-Gelinas, PRP
  5. AURORA Workshop Communication Styles for Collaboration, March 1, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Every brain is unique and perceives messages differently. This experiential workshop builds your skills in learning, training, presenting, marketing, and client communication. Discover four different ways of presenting ideas and learn how to combine them to get your message across. Get specific tools and strategies to improve understanding, defuse conflict, communicate clearly, and be more persuasive.
  6. AURORA Workshop Harness Your Productivity, March 8, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Feeling tired? Good news! That is the best time for creative problem solving. Surprised? In this workshop, uncover the brain science behind productivity and learn how to master your body’s natural rhythms to get more done. Discover simple ways to improve productivity and concentration throughout the day. Before the workshop is over, create a plan to apply your new skills right away and better manage your day.
  7. AURORA Workshop Boost Your Creative Problem-Solving, March 15, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Problem-solving styles come in different flavours, and those different approaches can lead to conflict. In this experiential session, identify different problem-solving styles and learn how to capitalize on them. The guided activities spark creative problem-solving skills, boost collaboration, and get your creative juices flowing. The session provides concrete tips and tools you can apply immediately in your life
  8. AURORA Workshop Brain Aerobics, March 22, 2018 at Carpenter Union Hall, 106 Strikland: Have you ever thought of problem-solving as creative exercise for your brain? Your brain loves to be creative, and we’ll show you how you can exercise that ability. In this workshop, learn about the four brain functions that are essential to creative idea generation. Targeted activities help you build each function and flex your creative brain muscle, giving your brain a refreshing workout. This workshop will give you tools to spark creative thinking and jump-start problem-solving.
  9.  Funding Proposal Development: Best Practices by volunteer trainer Julie Dufresne, Thursday April 5th at the Francophone Centre, 10am to noon: During this workshop, we will review the key elements for developing a funding proposal. We will also explore the “do”s and “don’t”s, and offer a few suggestions for developing successful funding applications.  Please note that RFP, bid and tenders will not be addressed during this workshop.

Postpone Workshops/Presentations:

  • Impact-Based Strategic Planning and Governance for NGOs, Governments and First Nations: The New Model. Travis Armour.
  • Practical Public Engagement. John Glynn-Morris.


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