Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consisting of 5 to 7 Directors governs the policies and strategic priorities of the Society and ensures the funding received is spent efficiently. The Board may control and direct the business of the Society and may, by resolution determine its own procedures. All members are appointed by the Minister of Justice. Applications to become a board member can be found here: https://yukon.ca/en/your-government/boards-and-committees/legal-services-society-yukon
Megan É. Whittle, Chair
Megan joined the Yukon Legal Services Society Board of Directors in April 2016. She was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and is a lawyer with Whittle & Company. Megan has been in private practice since 2010 with a focus on family law and general litigation. Megan’s interest in Legal Aid stems from her experience working in private practice and witnessing firsthand, individuals struggling to access the justice system. In her spare time, Megan enjoys an active lifestyle, travelling and spending time with her young family.
Reg joined the Board of Directors in January of 2021. He was born and raised in Mayo and grew up living off the land. Reg has always been a fierce advocate for the improvement of access to justice and was interested in becoming a member of the board due to his strong belief that all individuals facing the justice system deserve a fair shake. Reg felt privileged to be able to have managed a treatment center for two years and provide drug and alcohol counselling services to adults and youth. He also worked with Warriors Against Violence and for approximately ten years worked with troubled youth while running warrior camps at the same time. Reg has extensive experience working with individuals facing the justice system and enjoyed working for the Whitehorse Correctional Centre acting as a bridge for inmates and staff, promoting and participating in talking and sharing circles, and meeting directly with inmates. He is a lifelong martial artist and when not busy working he spends his time lifting weights, playing hockey or baseball and enjoys spending as much time as possible out on the land.
Kate Mercier, Treasurer
Kate joined the Yukon Legal Services Society Board of Directors in 2018 and has participated on the board’s policy committee since 2019. She sought a position on the Board because of her belief in legal aid’s importance as a public service to Yukoners and her desire to support the essential work undertaken by legal aid’s lawyers.
Tess Lawrence, Vice-Chair
Tess joined the Yukon Legal Services Society Board of Directors in June of 2013. She is Director of Corporate Policy for the Department of Community Services for the Yukon Government which aligns well with her role on the Board’s policy committee. Tess believes the work of legal aid is integral to access to justice for Yukon’s most vulnerable population. She believes her role as a Board member is to advocate for more resources to support the excellent work of legal aid’s staff so that the Society can continue to serve those who need help with their legal issues.
Eden joined the Yukon Legal Services Society Board of Directors in January of 2021. She is Counsel for Justice Canada in the Whitehorse Office, where she provides litigation and advisory services to federal ministries, departments, and entities. She has an enduring interest in reconciliation, equity and access to justice and sees the good governance of public institutions, such as Legal Aid, as integral to each. When not working and volunteering in the legal community, Eden can be found on a bike, in a harness, on skis, and/or being pulled by her dog Otis through remote parts of the Yukon.
Luke joined the Yukon Legal Services Society Board of Directors in January of 2022. Luke currently works full time researching Yukon First Nation culture and the Southern Tutchone language for the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation Government. Luke has previously worked with Yukon first nation youth doing land based camps and creating healing spaces in nature, and has also worked with different Yukon schools, Yukon First Nations, and Yukon families to incorporate more culture and language in the schools in Yukon.
Luke chose to apply to the board in order to serve the people of Yukon. He has a background in mental wellness, suicide prevention, language, and education and he feels that being on this board will help him learn more about the legal system in Yukon.
Luke is Ägunda (wolf clan member) and lives in beautiful Shadhęl (also known as Champagne).