A Bit About the Fabulous AWG Staff!
Chris Milner, General Manager
Chris’s first run in with the Arctic Winter Games was in 1990 as an athlete. Since then it has been all sports and recreation all the time. Working with not for profits, governments and private organizations hosting events and promoting participation in sport and recreation is the only job for him. He lives in Whitehorse with his wife Kelly and two beautiful daughters Ava and Molly.
Rachel Clarke, Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel is our Coordinator for the Volunteer Services Division with AWG. She is cheerful, energetic, exuberant and ready to help you with your all your volunteering needs.
In her non-spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and playing soccer.
Before taking this role on, she was once a semi-pro amateur athlete who competed at the 2004 AWGs. She is also a part-time ninja who likes to cook and snack excessively.
Kelly Plamondon, Security Planner - RCMP
Kelly is a 33 year old female........... LOL, seconded to the AWG as the security planner and is a regular member with the RCMP currently posted with the Whitehorse Detachment. Originally from Saskatchewan, and now from wherever she is posted! Kelly has been posted in Wollaston Lake, Sk., Carcross, YT and Whitehorse, YT. She enjoys snowboarding, running, snowshoeing and any outdoor activities in general. Kelly is also incredibly hilarious and has her fellow coworkers in stitches on pretty much a daily basis.
Keri Rutherford, Operations Coordinator
Keri travelled by horse and buggy all the way from Ontario in 2006 because she was drawn to the wild rivers of the north. She spent four summers working at Nahanni River Adventures guiding canoe and rafting trips down some of the most spectacular rivers in Canada and spent the winters guiding dog sled trips, always looking for new adventures. The quest for new adventures brought her to work at the Arctic Winter Games as the Operations Coordinator and there has been a continuous flow of excitement as the Games approach. She will spend the winters kiting, skiing and enjoying all the Yukon has to offer, plus enjoying her very first blowdryer which she only just recently bought!
Kelly Proudfoot, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager
Name: Kelly Proudfoot aka KP, KPizzler
Job: Playing my part and keeping my head above water in the AWG ocean
From: Whitby, Ontario but often feel Alberta Bound since I own a house there and I cheer for the Flames
Stuff I like to do: Travelling, music, spending time with family, surrounding myself with good people and playing outdoors with friends in the snow, sun, rain, sleet whatever as long as it’s outside. Favourite sports include surfing, mountain biking, trail running, XC skiing, snowboarding and I really love to air guitar although that is not a sport.
Craig Noonan, Operations Manager
Craig is an East-coaster, turned Games junkie, who comes to the Yukon with experience at the 2009 Canada Games in his native province, Prince Edward Island.
A Graduate of the University of New Brunswick in 2005, Craig has been involved in sport through most of his life, and it has shaped his career to date. He brings to us leadership skills and experience in a variety of areas, especially in Recreation Facilities and Infrastructure Management and Logistics.
Craig is the Operations Manager with the 2012 AWG Host Society, overseeing the Sport, Venues, and Logistics Divisions.
It was his ambition to come to Whitehorse, and contribute to hosting a successful set of Arctic Winter Games, to meet some of the fantastic people in the Yukon, and to experience the culture and beauty of the North; and when he gets time, take the opportunity to travel within Western Canada.
Cynthia Corriveau, Office Administrator
If you see a lady getting pulled by two sled dogs while skiing or mountain biking it’s probably Cynthia. Like most of Yukoners, Cynthia came for a week and decided to stay for a month and then a year and now it has been 6 years and she now calls the Yukon her home. She is our amazing office administrator - often called upon for help, especially for everything that involves money. Aside from her work, she loves every outdoor activity related to water and mountains and has recently become a snow kite lover.
Jennifer Skinner Glyka, Brand Manager
Jennifer is our Brand Manager for the Games, also known (affectionately of course!) as the brand and grammar police. She is responsible for ‘making things pretty’ and ensuring that the AWG brand standards and visual identity is maintained across many platforms.
Jennifer is proud to call herself a Yukoner (although she tries to follow a different dress code), who recently returned from Vancouver where she worked for a professional haircare company for three years. From the beauty industry to the world of sports, Jennifer enjoys the broad experience she’s getting from her involvement with the Games, and the fabulous coworkers and friends she’s met along the way. In her free time, Jennifer loves to cook (Mexican food!), experience other cultures (Spanish!) and travel (to Mexico!).
Jacob McInnis, Manager
Born in the Prairies, raised in Ontario and seasoned on the East Coast, the North has always eluded Jake until the Arctic Winter Games came calling. Since 2010 Jake has been a member of the 2012 AWG team as the manager for Athlete Services, Culture & Ceremonies, IT and Volunteer Services.
Since graduating from the Sport Management program at Brock University, Jake has always worked with sport, including experience with the 2009 Canada Games, 2009 Canadian Ringette Championships and the 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Jake relishes in the challenge, passion and energy that only working within the sport industry can bring.
Edith Belanger, Culture & Ceremonies Coordinator
On a beautiful day in May of 2000, Edith woke up with ants in her pants and a car loaded with her meager belongings and drove across the country from Quebec to Yukon. Her goal was to live the great Yukon outdoor experience. Not only did she find the perfect playground but also fantastic people to share the experience with.
For the last decade she made it her home. She has experienced the backcountry and also the artistic and cultural scene in all weathers and seasons. And by being part of the team of the Whitehorse 2012 Arctic Winter Games she wishes to help make the culture and ceremonies experience to all the participants and onlookers one they will remember.