Caption: The signing of the agreements to extend the Domestic Water Well Program to Yukon's eight municipalities. (L-R) Minster of Justice Brad Cathers, Mayo Councillor Trevor Ellis, Haines Junction Mayor Mike Crawshay, Teslin Mayor Clara Jules, Carmacks Mayor Lee Bodie, Minister of Community Services Currie Dixon, Watson Lake Councillor Tom Slager, Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis, Faro Councillor Diana Rogerson and Dawson Mayor and AYC President Wayne Potoroka.
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WHITEHORSE—Community and government leaders and officials gathered in Haines Junction this past weekend for the annual general meeting of the Association of Yukon Communities (AYC). The event also marked the 40th anniversary of the association.
“This was a great opportunity to meet, learn, engage in important dialogue and honour an organization that makes a difference in our communities,” Deputy Premier Elaine Taylor said.
AYC President Wayne Potoroka said: “We always enjoy the opportunity to come together and discuss community issues, challenges and successes. I want to thank our local hosts – including Mayor Crawshay and Chief Steve Smith of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation – for their hospitality and support of this important event.”
The AGM was held at the St. Elias Convention Centre from May 7 to 10. It featured a number of speakers and expert panels, including a keynote address by Deputy Premier Taylor. It also presented an opportunity for the Yukon government to sign agreements with eight participating municipalities to extend the Domestic Water Well Program to eligible property owners.
“We worked in collaboration with municipal governments to make the necessary legislative and regulatory changes to allow for the extension of this important program to municipalities,” Minister of Community Services Currie Dixon said. “We took the opportunity while we were all gathered together to sign the necessary agreements so that eligible municipal property owners can now access the program.”
The AYC annual general meeting is a key gathering of municipal and Yukon government officials. It provides a forum for dialogue between governments, as well as opportunities for workshops and policy discussions on matters of importance to municipal governments and local advisory councils in Yukon.
Ben Yu Schott
Communications, Community Services