Meet the BYTE team!

Shelby Maunder

Executive Director

I am passionate about empowering youth because they are all so badass, unique and unapologetically themselves. It’s awesome to create spaces where they can bring that energy and anything can happen.

As BYTE’s Executive Director, Shelby is constantly trying to elevate the quality and further the reach of BYTE’s mission to create spaces for Northern youth to lead. From expanding programming into the NWT to supporting more on the land programming, Shelby is stoked about the future of BYTE. When she’s not at BYTE, Shelby is biking, learning to snowmobile, cuddling her dog or avoiding her box of unfinished crafting projects.

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Alyssa Carpenter

Special Projects Manager

I am passionate about empowering youth because once they become aware and reminded of their worth and how powerful they can be, amazing things will happen.

Alyssa is our Manager of Special Projects at BYTE. She is responsible for the outreach efforts and formalizing partnerships in the Western Arctic regions, and oversees our larger projects, such as the Leaders in Training gatherings, Communities Building Youth Futures partnership project, and our Youth that Lead project. Alyssa is a mental wellness advocate that is currently doing research for the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship program and is the Project Director and founding member of the Western Arctic Youth Collective. In her free time, she is dedicated to her new momma duties to Scarlett Niko and enjoying that new adventure with her other half.

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Casey Albert

Community Outreach Manager

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 Community Outreach Manager, 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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Sarina Sydney

Community Outreach Coordinator

“I am passionate about empowering youth because they are our leaders of tomorrow and should be encouraged to be the best that they can be. I believe that with each generation, we as a people become more inclusive. I hope to learn more and grow as a person with the help of our youth.”

Sarina is a Community Outreach Coordinator here at BYTE. She will be designing and facilitating workshops throughout the Yukon. She strives to help youth to come into their own and become leaders in their own community. Born and raised in Whitehorse, she has always been passionate about engaging with youth in previous jobs such as Skookum Jim Friendship Centre’s Youth Employment Centre. Additionally, she has also worked with her own First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation. When she isn’t at work she enjoys hanging out with family and friends. She loves movies and considers herself a nerd when it comes to the MCU, Star Wars, Disney and, of course, Lord of the Rings. She looks forward to meeting and connecting with more youth. Mussi.

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Abbey Gartner

Communications & Program Coordinator

I am passionate about empowering youth because they bring life into their communities. Young people offer a unique perspective and deserve to have their voices heard at every table.

As the Communications and Program Coordinator, Abbey handles outreach in the Whitehorse and Haines Junction areas, plans most of our events such as the annual Skate Comp and Battle of the Bands, and manages programs such as promoting the #RisingYouth community service grants. Abbey was born and raised in Whitehorse and has called it home for her 22 years. In her spare time, you can find her sharing memes with the office, walking the Millennium Trail with her partner, or jamming to 70’s bops.

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Robin Mennell

Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Project Manager

“I am passionate about empowering youth because they are ones with the new ideas needed to make the North thrive.”

Robin is the Project Manager for the Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) project, which is a collaboration of several youth organizations in Whitehorse. This project is designed to target barriers youth face when graduating and transitioning out of high-school, and then build actionable solutions. He was born and raised outside of Carcross, YT. Robin is a gregarious young person with an immense passion for working with Northern youth. He believes social and ecological problems facing the North are connected and that these problems are best tackled through youth programming that empowers new movers, shakers, and leaders.

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