Meet the BYTE team!

Josi Leideritz

Executive Director

“I am passionate about empowering youth because they have the opportunity to change the world when given spaces where their opinions will be heard and they can encourage and support each other.”

As the Executive Director, Josi is excited to support BYTE’s community outreach team and project managers in providing Northern youth with safe spaces to explore their full potential and to lead and grow alongside each other. In her free time, Josi is always looking for the next hobby she can try, cuddling her cat or enjoying the Yukon’s many trails.

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Casey Albert

Program Director

I am passionate about empowering youth because so many adults have impacted my life and I am simply returning the favour for the next generation. Youth also have the power to keep our minds open to new ideas and ways, which keeps us wanting to improve.

As the Program Director, Casey overlooks certain projects as well as Southern Lakes region outreach. She values teamwork and empowerment and brings enthusiasm everywhere she goes. Casey was born and raised in Quebec City, but she now calls Whitehorse her home since summer of 2019. When Casey is not working, she practices her Yogi moves and hangs out with her dog Benji.

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Sam McKay

Communications and Events Manager

“I am passionate about empowering youth because they are leaders, change makers, and advocates in their own right. When given the support, knowledge, and space to ask questions and share ideas, youth can thrive as individuals and strive for change in their communities.'”

As Communications and Events Manager, Sam manages BYTE’s external communications, supervises project coordinators for annual events, and co-designs and co-facilitates BYTE’s experiential workshops. She is responsible for outreach in the Northwest Territories’ Beaufort Delta region, as well as Carcross, Mayo, Old Crow, and Pelly Crossing. In her spare time, you can find her baking cookies, crafting, or walking her dog, Sheeni.

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Kylee Fernandes 

Community Outreach Coordinator

I am passionate about empowering youth because they are creative, intelligent and hold incredibly unique mindsets. I believe that youth, given the platform and support needed, with their inspiring stories and meaningful opinions, fuel society to want to do better and push us towards a future with positive change.”

Kylee has been deeply involved with dance and movement since she was little. Being raised in the Yukon, she grew up twirling and leaping through the forests to keep herself smiling. Mental health awareness holds a big place in Kylee’s heart and she is always eager to immerse herself in learning to gain more skills. As a new Community Outreach Coordinator, Kylee will be facilitating workshops and communicating with Dawson City, Haines Junction, Carmacks, Faro and Ross River. When not at work she keeps busy by creating, moving, baking, and spending time with her pets and family.

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Sarah MacNeil

Northern Youth Want Coordinator

I am passionate about empowering youth because they are the future. The world will soon be in their hands, and supporting them along the way can only make it better. They are the most insightful, curious and powerful generation, if given the support and opportunities they deserve. I want them to have everything they need to drive society to a better future.

Sarah has been involved with sports her whole life, mainly hockey and skiing. As the Northern Youth Want Coordinator, she is excited to work across the North and advocate for all youth. Her project will have a focus on Mental Health, a broad topic which she hopes to approach from many different ways, including sports and recreation. She has lived in Nova Scotia her whole life, and moved to Whitehorse in Fall 2022 for a fresh start after university. When she isn’t working, she is exploring all that the North has to offer, likely on skis or skates.

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Tugugin Swan

Youth Program Assistant

“I am passionate about empowering youth because many times as youth, our dreams of the future are bigger than the outcome. With the right amount of love and support, I think youth can overcome anything. The world runs in cycles, and if we prepare them for any possibility, they will be able to overcome whatever part of the cycle they may see and experience. This way, no future is too big or no future is too small for them. They are divine.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

As Youth Program Assistant, Tugugin supports the BYTE team by co-facilitating workshops and community tours. She also supports the team’s research and workshop development. Currently, she is working on updating the “This Is Our Land’ workshop. When she is not working, you can find her enjoying life to the fullest by spending time in the outdoors of Yukon, hanging out with her friends and family, crafting, rearranging her house or going on mini road trips with her camera. Tugugin was born and raised in Yukon and is a descendant of the Vuntut Gwitchin, Ojibway, Metis and Tlingit peoples. She was also adopted into the Dakl’awèdí Clan at a young age.  

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Freya Rowe

Administration Assistant

Emily Ross

Youth Panel on Climate Change Coordinator

“I am passionate about empowering youth because they are change-makers and peace-bringers, and the future is brighter when they are believed in.”

As Yukon Youth Panel on Climate Change Coordinator, Emily supports the youth panelists that are working to deliver recommendations to the Yukon Government on climate action and policy. Emily is a settler born and raised in Whitehorse, and a full time student at the University of Victoria. When she’s not working on the climate panel you can find her teaching music, reading, or wandering through the forest.

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