Established in 1977, YHMA works to inspire and share a passion for Yukon heritage. Charitable No: 11930 7924 RR 0001
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E-Bulletin | March 6, 2015


A little encouragement

...for all those writing grant reports and/or working towards fiscal year-end!

2. Yukon school in the running for My Parks Pass competition

Who do you think should win Canada’s Coolest School Trip? Vote daily from March 2 – March 30! Your vote could help a class win a 5-day all-expenses-paid trip to Parks Canada places in Quebec to visit La Mauricie National Park and the national historic sites in Québec City.

The Social Science class at Robert Service School has made a video about the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site. The class currently has over 5,000 votes, and is in the top ten classes nationwide.

You can check out the Dawson video and vote here!

3. Visitor Information Centre (VIC) News

Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Staff Training - Industry Component
With the support of the Department of Tourism and Culture, TIA Yukon will facilitate an afternoon of industry-Visitor Information Centre (VIC) staff networking and information sharing. This event is a component of staff training for all VIC employees, and thus employees from all Yukon VICs are expected to be in attendance. This afternoon will include speed networking, which will be followed with a reception. Industry is invited to participate in speed networking, set up an information table at the reception, and submit a proposal for food and beverage service. Please click here for more information.

Visitor Information Centre - Survey for Operators

Last year, the Department of Tourism and Culture extended the VIC operating season from May 1 to September 30. Is your business looking to extend your hours or days of operation as a result of the extension? Please click here to complete a short survey to advise the Department of Tourism and Culture of your operating season, as well as any events or special dates that Visitor Information Centre staff should be aware of.

4. Upcoming funding panel and workshop

Funding from the funders’ perspective
This panel discussion will bring together funder organizations and the NGOs who by and large depend on these organizations to deliver programs and projects. It is often said that the NGOs should align their projects in accordance with the funders’ goals, especially in times of strong competition and shortage of money. But what does catch the attention of the funders’ s in order to earn the funds that every organization is looking for? Is it the quality of the proposal or the rationale? Are NGOs somewhat unrealistic when crafting their expression of interest? Or are the funders getting tougher? How can our funding requests become more successful?

This 60 minute panel discussion followed by a Q&A session is aimed at clearing up some of the preconceived ideas and invites every NGO to hear and discuss with the funders about the “two sides of the same coin”. We believe that this dialogue is essential to understand both approaches and, ultimately, it will help the NGOs to write better proposals and increase their chances to get the funding that they need for their projects.

Keynote speakers- Panelists invited:

  • Arts Fund;
  • Lotteries Yukon;
  • Youth Investment Fund / Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Fund;
  • Community Development Fund (CDF);
  • Recreation Grant- City of Whitehorse (to be confirmed).

The discussion will be moderated by Sue Meikle.

Best Practices in Funding Applications
A one hour workshop, Best Practices in Funding Applications will follow the panel discussion.

The on-line business dictionary defines Best Practices as: “A method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.” You can also google “Grant Writing for Dummies” and get some good tips. Although there is a basic approach that is helpful, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer. Each organization is unique, and each of us has some wisdom/experience to share.

Working together, using knowledge gathered from the panel, participants will create a  “Yukon-made” list of best practices for grant applications, with room for adding special tips for your own organization.  The results will be in your email the next day! The workshop will be provided by the volunteer trainer Sue Starr.

Date: Wednesday April 8th
Time (panel discussion & workshop): 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Francophone Centre, 302 Strickland Street. Accessible for people with disabilities.

Cost: (covers a maximum of 2 participant per organization)
              • $50 for members (Are you a member?). To become a 2015 VBY Member
              • $80 for non-members, companies or governments (non-profits will become automatically a member).

Registration: To register, please contact Bruno Bourdache at or call (867) 456-4304.

5. News clipping - Yukon Elder Discovers Mother's purse at National Museum

A group of First Nations elders from the Yukon took a walk back in time during a recent visit to the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, where they identified artifacts that had been sold off or stolen from their communities.

But one woman from the Selkirk First Nation found a long-lost treasure that she never thought she would see again.

Read more about the story here.

6. ICOM Canada announces new professional development series
ICOM (International Council on Museums) Canada is pleased to announce a new FREE online professional development series hosted by ICOM Canada Board Members! This quarterly series will highlight Canadians working in museums and provide an opportunity for interested members to hear about groundbreaking work, discuss and engage with your colleagues from across the country.
Our first session will take place on March 30th from 3-4pm EST. We’ll be talking to Sarah Beam-Borg, Exhibitions Manager at the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Sarah will talk to us about what it is like to open a brand new museum and organizing the first exhibitions in a new space.

Sarah Beam-Borg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Bachelor of Education and is a certified Project Management Professional.  With a post-graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship, her professional experience in museums has included roles as Collection Manager, Assistant Curator, Project Manager and Exhibition Manager.

Check it out here.
7. Call for applications - Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund
Calling students and Young Professionals! Applications due May 29

The Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund is administered by Heritage Canada The National Trust in cooperation with a professional advisory committee.

The Fund awards one or more Canadian students or young professionals (age 20-35) pursuing post-secondary or graduate studies in built heritage conservation, or working in the field of built heritage conservation. With assistance from the Fund, Herb Stovel Scholars will receive support to deepen their capacity in heritage conservation through special projects, experiential learning or conference attendance.

The Fund will provide two types of support:

  1. Project bursaries up to $2,500 for candidates who propose special projects, results-oriented travel and participation at conferences and events that continue Herb’s passion for community innovation and/or international dialogue in built heritage conservation theory and practice. Applications requesting support that is focused only on general tuition expenses will not be considered.
  2. Heritage Canada The National Trust Conference bursaries cover the cost of  travel, conference accommodation and registration (approximate value $1,000) for candidates to attend the National Trust's annual conference (Calgary, AB, Oct 22-24, 2015 or Hamilton, ON, Oct 20-22, 2016).
For more information on the fund and application process, please visit here or email
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