2017 Board of Directors
The Board of Directors can be contacted at board@goYTM.ca.
President: Hugh Kitchen has lived in the Yukon for over 40 years. 35 years in aviation, 3 of that with Air North, then 32 with Alkan Air 25 as a partner in the business. Currently he works part time with Alkan Air as a pilot, is the president for the Chamber of Mines and enjoys sharing history through his volunteerism at the YTM.
Vice President: David White has been keenly interested in the history of places, people and objects since he was a youth. He remembers always wanting to read, see and hear every detail when in a museum and touring an historic site or monument. David has a personal connection with ships, trains and aviation. His father and grandfather were on ships working along the B.C. coast. As a young boy he traveled multiple times by train from Vancouver to Oregon. As well, he was an Air Traffic Controller in Whitehorse for over 35 years. All this not only supports his notion that Yukon historic collections must be maintained but also that the public and governments need to endorse the collecting, preserving and exhibiting of future acquisitions in the Yukon and specifically those for the Yukon Transportation Museum.
Secretary: Dennis Blaker is a life long Yukoner. He was born into a WP&YR family. His grandfather was on the boats, his father, uncle and himself were all in the rail division. Dennis has been a member of YTM since 2001 and he is interested in all facets of transportation. He is happy he contributes to the legacy of YTM being there for his grandchildren.
Board Member: Jennifer Hall has lived on three continents and in numerous cities, Jennifer is very familiar with the joys and realities of transporting people and worldly possessions to new places. She believes that museums offer visitors rich learning opportunities and has been a museum advocate for several decades. For her graduate work, she saw evidence of all kinds of meaningful moments when children and adults learn together in museum settings. Jennifer doesn’t know much about engines or mechanics. She supports the YTM because transportation is the touchstone for so many stories about resilience, determination and love.
Board Member: Andrea Badger holds a diploma of Northern Studies from Yukon College and a degree in Civil Engineering – Environmental Option from the University of Alberta. She has been living in the Yukon off and on, mostly on, since 2004 and could not imagine a better home. As a Yukon Transportation Museum Board Member for the last 2 years, she makes sure to bring all her out of town visitors to the museum. She loves trucks and heavy equipment and is always keen to peek over the fence to watch a construction site. Andrea is also an athlete and coach with the Yukon Roller Girls roller derby team. When not watching construction sites or rolling in a derby, Andrea enjoys fresh air activities like hiking, biking, canoeing and skiing.
Board Member: Richard Roberts has been with the YTM since before the beginning. Richard is devoted to the automobile history of the Yukon and is always happy to do the homework and make the case for interesting new additions to the museum’s collection.
Board Member: Jonathan Gorton was born and raised at Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway but has made his home in the Yukon since 2011. A lawyer by day, he moonlights as a Board Member at YTM where he shamelessly looks forward to driving YTM’s model train with his young son. When he’s not dreaming of playing with model trains, he’s likely at home puttering or off skiing, biking, and boating his way to his favorite places.
Board Member (honorary): Ken Jones (bio coming soon)
Board Member (honorary): Murray Biggin has been flying and driving his whole life. He found out on Christmas of 1954 he was being shipped off by the Canadian Military to England for ‘Radar Trades.’ This was somewhat of a disappointment, as he had requested to go north. Ask him about his adventures en route sometime! After returning from overseas he drove for ‘the Big Dog’ and found his way to the Yukon in 1973. Since then he drove professionally for WP&YR involving Cassiar Asbestos Clinton Creek, Faro, Elsa, Dawson City. In 1996 he joined Whitehorse Transit for six years and then in 2002 he drove for Gray Line for three summers. Murray is living transportation history.