Board

President:

Amaris Poznikoff, RN

president@yrna.ca

Amaris has been a nurse since 2009 and has practiced in BC, Alberta, before finally moving to the Yukon in 2017.


With practice spanning from outreach and harm reduction, medical psychiatry, to high acuity and now management, Amaris has had the pleasure of experiencing the diversified role a nurse can have in a single career.


Understanding that nurses can have incredible impact, Amaris has moved her focus and passion to supporting the growth of nurses, their voice and their practice within the local, territorial, professional and ethical spheres of life.


Treasurer:

Brook Davis, RN

Brook received her nursing degree from the University of Toronto in 2002. Her primary goal was to work in Canada's north. She worked for a year in Northern Manitoba in a number of First Nations communities. After visiting the Yukon for a canoe trip on the South MacMillian River she found herself in the firm grasp of The Spell of the Yukon.


In 2004 Brook and her husband bought an old trappers cabin and lived off-grid for the first few years while Brook worked at Whitehorse General Hospital and did some assignments with Community Nursing.


More adventure called and in 2005 they moved to Old Crow where Brook worked as the Nurse In Charge of the Health Centre for 3 years.


For the last 16 years Brook has been the Nurse in Charge of the Carcross Health Centre while raising a family and running a local business with her husband.


She first joined the YRNA board of directors in 2018 as a member at large and is now half way through her term as treasurer.


Member at Large:

Alyssa McCoy, RN

Alyssa completed her BScN through Laurentian University in 2018. After graduating, she worked critical care in Ontario.

Alyssa moved to the Yukon in 2019 and presently works in acute care. She joined the board in 2020 to serve her community and to learn and grow within the nursing profession.

When she is not working, Alyssa enjoys exploring all the Yukon has to offer with her family and dogs.


Member at Large:

Joscelyn Bergen, RN

Member at Large:

Dayna Lennie, RN

Dayna is an Inuvialuit RN - also known as Ayauniq, which is her Inuvialuit name.


After completing her BScN at the University of Alberta, she had the honour of returning home to Inuvik, NT to work as a nurse for several years before making Whitehorse, YT her home in 2013.

In her work and in life, Dayna, lives her values of courage, honesty, generosity, patience and compassion.


Dayna joined the YRNA board in May of 2020.


Member at Large:

Angela Keats, RN

Angela completed her BScN in Yellowknife NT and began her career as a primary health care nurse in the fly-in community of Norman Wells, NT. Through this experience, Angela gained great appreciation for community health, cultural safety and humility and the power of building trusting relationships.


In 2015, she moved to the rural community of Watson Lake, Yukon where she worked as the Watson Lake Hospital’s Clinical Nurse Leader. In 2019, she excitedly accepted the position of Nurse in Charge at the Watson Lake Health Centre.


Angela is committed to building healthy relationships with families and the community while fostering a culturally sensitive approach to providing safe, compassionate, and competent care. Angela is passionate about assisting children and their families to meet their definition of health and begin their life journey with as much support and education as possible.


Angela believes in strengthening the profession of nursing and promotes fully the lifelong learning of all nurses. She is currently completing a Master of Nursing (teaching) program and looks forward to inspiring new nurses to be proud and supportive of nursing in the Yukon.


Indigenous Public Rep:

Francis Van Kessel

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Public Rep:

Kylie Campbell

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Student Representative:

Esther Huot


Born in Quebec, Esther has lived in Whitehorse since 2005.

Esther is currently enrolled in the Nursing program at the University of Alberta completing second year in 2021 with hopes of working in labour and delivery post graduation.

Esther plans to come back to the Yukon to start her nursing career at Whitehorse General Hospital.

Outside of a busy school schedule, Esther works as a childcare worker for two young boys under three years of age.


President Elect:

Janet Drever-Purnell, RN