YHMA Board of Directors & Staff


Lianne Maitland, Executive Director | info@heritageyukon.ca


Kaitlin Normandin


Sylvie Binette

Sylvie Binette made the Yukon her home in 1985. Sylvie's connection with Yukon heritage dates back to the Gold Rush with one of her ancestors, Joseph Eugène Binet who was a major contributor in the foundation of Mayo. Sylvie's passion for natural and cultural heritage has brought her to work in the field of interpretation and education for the last 25 years. She runs her own company that specializes in training and coaching in interpretive skills and program development for museums and tourism operators. She worked at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre as a guide for over 20 years, at the Canadian Museum of Nature as a project leader for the family programs and as a manager for the George Johnston Museum of Teslin. She is a Certified Interpretive Planner with a Master degree in biology and has completed coursework in museums studies. Sylvie strongly believes in the inter-connectedness between nature and culture and she values living heritage and its importance in being passed over the generations.


Cathy Hines

Cathy first came to the Yukon in the 1970s.  As a former Air Force brat she was used to living in remote locations but there was something about the Yukon that captured her soul and she has remained here ever since.  She just recently retired as a primary teacher.  In a previous incarnation she worked at the Dawson City Museum, 3 years as director.  She was director when the Old Territorial Building was being restored and when new exhibits and displays were being designed!  Both as a museum worker and as a teacher, Cathy has tried to offer children opportunities to discover the wonders and excitement of Yukon history through genealogy, storytelling, and museum visits.  She helped develop educational kits for many of the Whitehorse Museums, the Dawson City Museum and the Beringia Centre.  She is currently active on the Heritage Fair Committee and the Fundraising Committee.


Allison Belshaw

Past President

Sally Robinson

Sally Robinson was born in a small Ontario town about 160 kilometres north of Toronto. Her father owned a hardware store and her mother was a primary school teacher. She graduated with a BA from York in Toronto and an MA in History from Western. After a few years of world travel she arrived in the Yukon in the early 70s and eventually settled in Dawson. Designing exhibits for the Dawson Museum necessitated more carpentry skills than she had from the hardware store so she also worked for Broadaxe Construction whose company logo was “we build them as if they had roots”.  Twenty years working for museums in Dawson and around the territory was followed by sixteen years with Yukon Historic Sites as an Interpretive Planner. Recently retired, Sally is a member of two non-profit associations which adequately fill up the time she would otherwise use to bake cookies.


Georgianna Low
Judy Hartling