MEET OUR BOARD

President

HELEN CHRISTIANSEN

Vice President

GEOFF WOODING

 

Helen comes to the Yukon from BC where she has been actively involved with wild sheep conservation for the past 5 years as a board member for the Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia.

Helen is part of a family which loves to hunt, trap and fish and loves the Yukon because of the life it offers to her family.

As an avid mountain hunter, Helen recognizes the need to actively engage people in protecting and managing our wild sheep populations and is therefore eager to work with the YWSF to help protect our wild sheep and their habitat, ensuring wild sheep forever.

Geoff Wooding has been an avid hunter, fisher and conservationist since a teenager. He has held past memberships with many outdoor groups such as Ducks Unlimited, and was a founding Director on two Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapters in British Columbia.   He is currently a Director on the Board of the Yukon Fish and Game Association.

Geoff moved to Whitehorse 8 years ago and recently retired from his position with Yukon Government.  He and his new bride Karen look forward to spending increased time afield.

Geoff is dedicated to the vision of the Wild Sheep Foundation - to put and keep sheep on the mountain - for the benefit of all outdoor enthusiasts.

Director

BERNARD STEHELIN

Director

JOSH JOHNSON

Bernard Stehelin was Born in Whitehorse Yukon. He gained an appreciation for the wilderness of the Yukon at an early age through hunting adventures he experienced with his parents.

Bernard has worked as a wrangler and a guide and later  became a Commercial Float Plane Pilot and started a fly in fishing Company with his wife Amanda.

His experiences have taught him that you can have a positive effect on natural resources. He comes to the Yukon Wild Sheep Foundation with the hope that  Yukoners can work together to ensure Wild Sheep populations stay strong here for many years to come.

Josh Johnson was born in Saskatchewan, raised in Alberta, and has been guiding in the mountains since he was 17. He and his wife Krysten made the move to the Yukon in 2012 and now reside in Whitehorse. It is out of the passion he has for the wild remote places that he’s been, and the animals he’s pursued, that his desire to work to conserve them is ever stronger. Josh has seen firsthand the benefit of careful wildlife management and witnessed the repercussions from inadequate response to threats on wildlife and habitat. Because of that Josh is proud to be a member of Safari Club International, and the Wild Sheep Foundation. On the ground Josh have been fortunate enough to be a part of several wildlife and habitat enhancement projects.

Director

GREG McHALE

 

Shortly after graduating university Greg moved North where he found his passion for Wild Sheep while working as a packer. Falling in love with the mountains and its game Greg has had the privilege to share mountain basins with wild sheep while guiding in the Yukon and B.C. It is out of this passion that Greg is dedicated to assist in the preservation and expansion of the thin horn sheep population of the Yukon.  It is critical to Greg that generations of the future will always be able to observe one of the Yukon's most majestic big game animals in its natural environment. Greg along with his wife Denise, son Kolter, and daughter Yari resides outside of Carcross in Southern Yukon where they own and operate the Museum of Yukon Natural History also known as Caribou Crossing Trading Post. They have the unique pleasure to be able to look out their window toward the mountains and observe Dall Sheep living in what the McHale's consider to be the most beautiful place in the world.

Director

JOSEPH HUMPHRIES

 

Director

MAC WATSON

 

Mac grew up in Northern British Columbia but has spent his summers and fall guiding in the Yukon for over 15 years. He is third generation outfitter and trapper. Mac loves flying in the Yukon Wilderness as well as hiking, fishing and taking Horseback trips. Mac moved to the Yukon full time 3 years ago with his fiancé’ Leona. They operate a Guiding and Outfitting business in the Southern Yukon and live north of Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway. Mac is a Life Member of both the Wild Sheep Foundation, YWSF and Safari Club international. Mac believes that wild places should forever be appreciated and form a vital connection to the world we live on. Mac hopes to contribute to the Wild Sheep of the Yukon and their habitat through work with the YWSF. 

Director

RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN

Treasurer & Secretary

DENICA CHRISTIANSEN 

 

Denica followed her adventurous family north last year, and accepted a position at Whitehorse General Hospital as a Perioperative Registered Nurse. Growing up, she has had the privilege of learning from two skilled and knowledgeable hunters, who have given her a love of the outdoors. It was instilled at an early age that hunting is synonymous with conservation, and hunters have a responsibility to protect the species they hunt. Denica is excited to be apart of the Wild Sheep Foundation, and working towards the commitment of keeping Yukon wild sheep on the mountain.  

 

Director

BERNARD BRIGGS

 

Bernard Briggs is a born and raised Yukoner. He grew up out of town with an ice house for refrigeration, a wood stove for heat, candles and propane for light and the outdoors for entertainment. Moose was the table fair but a Dall ram mount always stirred his spirit of adventure. After a couple attempts sheep hunting Bernard landed a job with Arctic Red River Outfitters thanks to Al Klassen and Tavis Molnar. That first summer changed the course of his life and started his lingering disease of nextridgeitis!  Most years since 1994 Bernard has been guiding and sheep hunting every summer and fall. Bernard now has three kids McKenzie, Huxley, and Kippen. Every summer since they met Bernard his wife Amoree and their pack dogs go spend their time backpacking in the mountains together. One year her hunt one year his. Bernard is a supporter of TOYA and wants to see healthy mountains and wild sheep populations in the Yukon continue for generations to come.

Director

MARK WILLMS

Mark was born and raised in British Columbia and has been an avid outdoorsman since he was young.  He and his wife moved to the Yukon in 2012 where his passion for the outdoors grew to an obsession and now through parenthood a responsibility. He has seen first hand how habitat enhancement projects have benefited animal populations and how mismanagement of resources can have devastating results. Mark is proud to be a member of the Wild Sheep Foundation and is excited to be part of a team of passionate conservationists ensuring we have Wild Sheep for the next generation of Yukoners. Mark has a dual Business Degree from UBC and Okanagan College that he received in 2009 in Kelowna, BC.

I’ve been a “mountain hunter” since I was 16, chasing alpine mule deer in the Monashee Mountains of southern BC and have always loved to explore, and felt at home, in the high country. It’s my “happy place”.

 In 1986 a friend and hunting mentor loaned me a book that piqued my interest in pursuing sheep.  Jack O’Connor’s book “Sheep and Sheep Hunting“ sparked the fire, and the next year I took a Stone Sheep that ignited a lifelong passion.   

About 8 or 9 years ago I decided that it was time to give back. I helped form the United Bowhunters of BC society and was part of the BC Wildlife Branch’s Provincial Hunting and Trapping Advisory Team as a UBBC representative. I also joined the Wild Sheep Society of BC.  I’ve been an active director with the Wild Sheep Society of BC for the past 7 years, and now the Yukon Wild Sheep Foundation. I’m proud to be a director with both organizations.  

For the past 40 years (to quote John Muir) “The mountains are calling and I must go” and so I do, for the adventure, for the effort, for the chance to interact with an iconic animal as an observer and occasionally as a predator… and now to do a small part in trying to preserve an elemental species, and the country they call home.

​PUTTING AND KEEPING SHEEP ON THE MOUNTAIN TM

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