Board of Directors

Greetings from the Board!

The Board of Directors strives to provide good governance and accountable use of the donations that we receive from the community. We are proud that 90% of all donations and 100% of the Workplace Campaign donations we raise go directly to Yukon charitable organizations.

It is important to us that our Board consists of a broad cross section of the community at large and that the membership is community minded, energetic and knowledgeable. 

Members are elected by the general membership at the Annual General Meeting. 

David Whiteside, President
United Way has been a long time passion for Dave. As a young teacher in Alberta he was a workplace canvasser. He continued that role after moving to the Yukon, as well as workplace coordinator , then Campaign Chair, and now President. Dave recommends being involved in the United Way to anyone wanting to make the Yukon a stronger, healthier community.  When he is not volunteering for us or other organizations, Dave enjoys walking, skiing, paddling, camping, and gardening. Yoga helps him to maintain some balance.

Susan Tulloch, Vice President
Susan was elected as VP in United Way Yukon’s latest AGM and we are delighted to have her take on this role. She had previously stepped in as a member-at-large to help United Way develop and improve policies. Susan brings valuable experience when it comes to building and maintaining relationships with business, government and community stakeholders across the Yukon. She has worked with the Government of Yukon Employment Standards Board, the Yukon Learn Society, the Yukon Peter Gzowski Invitational  Golf Tournament for Literacy steering committee as well as the Arctic Winter Games and Whistle Bend Place in Whitehorse. Susan’s involvement with UWY cements her bond with the Yukon and her commitment to serving the community.

Sheila Downey, Treasurer
Sheila has been dedicated to her career in bookkeeping and financial management for the past 19 years. A Yukon College alumni, her greatest satisfaction comes from utilizing her extensive experience to help struggling organizations survive and thrive. Earning her designation as a Certified Professional Bookkeeper in 2010 is proof of her commitment to her clients. Most importantly, Sheila always infuses her professional services with a giving spirit and a helping heart.

Joanne Oberg, Secretary
Joanne has lived in the Yukon for the past 40 years and during that time has been an active volunteer in the community, both in the Yukon and nationally. Joanne joined United Way Yukon as a board member in 2001. Since then, she has served as both a board member and a member of the Campaign Committee. Joanne is a proud supporter of United Way Yukon based on her shared commitment to helping many non-profit organisations and providing services to the broader community, especially families and children.

Doug Hitch, Community Engagement and Investment Committee Chair
A long-time Whitehorse resident, Doug was very involved with the indoor soccer league here for many years. He worked as Linguist at the Yukon Native Language Centre for 21 years before focusing on developing a traction device for cross-country skis ( He has lived and worked in Yellowknife, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, USA and Hungary. Doug continues to do academic research on the linguistics and history of Inner Asia as well as northwestern Canada and maintains a publications list on ResearchGate.

Philippe Morin, Communications Chair
Philippe maintains this website, prepares the layout for publications such as our Community Impact Reports and newsletters and helps maintain United Way Yukon’s social media: It’s all part of getting the word out about events, fundraising, and the effect that your donations are having in the community! He joined United Way Yukon in this role in 2021.