Executive Council Office

Youth Directory

2016 Outstanding Youth Achievement Award recipients

Gordon Rhys-Watson

Gordon Rhys-Watson portrait

Rhys (15) is recognized for his willingness to volunteer his time to a wide range of activities that benefit our community. He participates in group fundraising events with Cadets, the All City Band, the Church of the Northern Apostles, Aboriginal groups and more. Rhys works tirelessly with many organizations to help promote citizenship, volunteering and helping one another. Several of his articles have been published in national magazines such as Hemophilia Today and in the Army Cadet League of Canada’s On Track. He helps mentor children with hemophilia including teaching them how to self-administer their medication to prevent pain or injuries. He is also the youngest Canadian to take Indigenous Catechist training to work more closely with our Aboriginal community. In all his activities, Rhys demonstrates leadership, a positive attitude, strong citizenship and always willing to help another.


Monica Johnson

Monica Johnson

Monica (17) is being recognized for her pride in her community and the leadership role she plays in inspiring youth and children to maintain healthy and active lifestyles! She is also known as being a community builder, supporter and activator. Monica attends every Kluane First Nation General Assembly with a positive attitude. She believes in the traditional culture of her ancestors and encourages children and youth to learn about their heritage. She has a passion for hockey and with her abilities and perseverance has been able to represent the Yukon, North, and Indigenous Peoples at a local and national level playing the sport that she loves. Monica has dedicated many hours to volunteering in her community, being a mentor to the youth and sharing her passion for sports.


Brandon Butler

Brandon Butler

Brandon (15) is being recognized for his selfless contributions to the Whitehorse Judo and music community. Adding on to his own training hours, he has volunteered his time to coaching juniors at the Northern Lights Judo Club and he also helps out with local tournaments and demonstrations. He currently has his brown belt in Judo and is training towards receiving his black belt. He also represented the Yukon at Western Canada Games and nationals.

Music is another passion that Brandon developed at a young age. Starting at 5 years old with piano lessons, his love for music was born. When he was 12, he started a rock band called The Butler Code where he starred as the drummer. Later in life he was awarded the All City Band’s Most Improved Junior Concert Band member of 2015-2016. He recently performed at the Atlin Music Festival with his current Heavy Metal Band Warrmauth. Brandon is a dedicated youth and works hard to share his passion for Judo and music with others.


Kwasen Reid and Asia Winter-Sinnott

Kwasen Reid and Asia Winter-Sinnott

Kwasen (15) and Asia (17) are being recognized for their phenomenal leadership skills. They are both very engaged in social justice issues and are known for taking initiative by starting and running a positive group for the female youth of Mayo. They noticed the younger girls in high school having a tough time and wanted to give them a safe space along with passing on their knowledge to them. In their girls group they cover topics such as substance abuse, the importance of dreams, healthy relationships, consent, and sexual health. They also have organized charity projects like "period packs" with the youth in the group to open their eyes to other people's misfortunes. Kwasen and Asia have had a positive impact on their peers and contributed greatly to improving the well-being of youth in Mayo.