Board of Directors 2019 - 2020

LLOYD HENDERSON - President

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Lloyd has lived in the NWT for nearly 40 years and has been a member of the Yellowknife United Church since arriving in 1979.  He is a retired professional engineer and had worked for the GNWT for 21 years before becoming Executive Director for NAPEG until his retirement.  He has served on the Council of NAPEG and the Board of Directors of Engineers Canada.  He currently volunteers on several committees for NAPEG and serves on the Pastoral Relations Commission of the Northern Spirit Region of the United Church.  He had previously served on the this Board 20 years ago.  In his spare time he enjoys walking, playing hockey, travelling and watching his grandchildren in their various activities.

SUSAN ASHTON -Vice President

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Susan is a long time resident of Yellowknife and member of the Yellowknife United Church.  She worked at Stanton Hospital, DHSS and Aurora College.  For many years, she has operated Ashton Consulting, where she has worked with governments at all levels, communities and non-profit organizations, travelling throughout the NWT and Nunavut.  Susan was Vice-Chair of YHSSA and is a past member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  She believes in the N.W.T. Community Services Corporation and feels the vision created over 40 years ago, to support those who need affordable housing and to provide meeting space, continues to be relevant and needed more than ever.

MATTHEW SMILLIE -Treasurer

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Matthew is a CPA with a B.A. in History from the University of Lethbridge. He is currently the controller for Aurora Geosciences, and worked previously in Yellowknife with both Great Slave Helicopters and the Union of Northern Workers.  He has been in accounting for nearly 20 years and has been dealing with the unique business opportunities and conditions in the north for 14. He has previous volunteer board experience with the Yellowknife Daycare Association and Yellowknife Adult Soccer League. He enjoys cross country skiing, soccer, canoeing and camping with his wife and two children in his spare time.

MARGARET GREEN - Secretary

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Marg is a 14 year resident of Northern United Place and has lived in Yellowknife for 20 year.  Marg is retired from running her own retail businesses in both Toronto and Newfoundland and from working in offices in those locales as well as Yellowknife. Marg enjoys life to the fullest and is active in yoga, lawn and carpet bowling and attends stretch and strength classes.  She has been a Board member of the Canadian Hard of Hearing, Yellowknife Branch and the Yellowknife Seniors Society.  As an adult leader, Marg represented Canada at the 4H International Conference in Washington, DC where she was able to meet President Jimmy Carter and his daughter, Amy.  She is a recipient of the Queen's Medal on the occasion of the Queen's 25th Anniversary. 

LARRY ELKIN

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Larry is the longest serving member of the Corporation's Board having served continuously since 1994, including many years as President.  His knowledge of the organization and Northern United Place has been a cornerstone of the Corporation's success.  Larry and his family has lived in Yellowknife since 1972 and he is an original member of the Yellowknife United Church's 1974 congregation that approved the building of Northern United Place.  Since retiring from the Government of the NWT in 1994, in which he served as Deputy Minister for various departments, Larry has continued to be active in the Yellowknife community serving as a volunteer with Special Olympics NWT and as a Board member of the NWT Association of Architects.  In his spare time, Larry loves to take photos, particularly of the Aurora.  He is currently sorting through thousands of pictures, including 20,000 aurora images he has taken before his wife makes him get rid of them all!

GORDON HAMRE

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Gordon is a long term northerner who enjoys the Yellowknife lifestyle and particularly the access to the land that it offers.  He and his wife, Karen, are inveterate travellers and enjoy camping and time at their cabin.  Together they have raised 3 children.  Since retiring from the government in 2012, Gordon has had more time to pursue various volunteer activities that contribute to the community.  Gordon sits on the board of the NWT Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and supports the continuing remediation of Giant Mine through the Yellowknife-based social justice society, Alternatives North.  He is a past President of this Board and is committed to the Corporation's mandate of providing social housing and community space.

WILLIAM RASMUSSEN

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Will is a long term northerner who enjoys camping and kayaking in his spare time.  He is employed as a Business Analyst with the Government of the Northwest Territories with diplomas in Business Administration and Network Engineering.  Will has served as the Treasurer for the Corporation in the past and knows that a sound business plan and good financial management is essential for any non-profit organization to be able to carry out its mandate.

GREG SHORT

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Greg is a busy father of four. His history in Yellowknife goes back to 1983 and grade one. Today he is a Red Seal machinist, employed in sales and expediting with Canadian Dewatering. He volunteers as a coach and evaluator in apprenticeship programs. Greg is a member of the Yellowknife United Church and enjoys taking one of his children with him when delivering meals on wheels. He is a reader of history and historical fiction, geography and politics. When he has time he enjoys fishing, cycling, gardening and teaching the love of hockey on his backyard rink. It is important to Greg as a member of the this Board to contribute to the care and community spirit of the people of Yellowknife. 

GLENN TAIT

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Glen and his family have lived in Yellowknife for 20 years.  He is a member of the Holy Family Lutheran Church and has volunteered with various organizations such as Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, Hard of Hearing Association and the Northern Arts & Cultural Centre.  Here is currently a vounteer Board member of Basketball NWT and chair of the NWT Review Board.  Glenn feels that providing affordable accommodation makes Yellowknife a better community and is looking forward to letting his legal background assist the Board as he starts a new term.