Our Board of Directors are all residents of Nunavut. Some of us are Inuit, some of us have lived in here for 20 years and more. We are volunteers who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of children and youth in Nunavut. Members of our Board include:
- Okalik Eegeesiak
- Kylie Aglukark
- Melissa Irwin
- Brent Crooks
- Lori Idlout
- Elaine Uppahuak-Prusky
Olivia Chislett is our Program Coordinator for the Sangiyuk Makutuk program. She has lived in Iqaluit all her life, and has a strong interest in keeping Inuit culture alive. She has participated in many events as a throat singer, choir member and drum dancer.
Sarah Clark is our Executive Director. She has worked with youth in Nunavut for over 5 years and is very committed to increasing opportunities for youth to become healthier and happier, through mental wellness and being connected with their passions. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology, and loves running sled dogs and being out on the land.
Laura Churchill is originally from Clyde River, but has lived in Iqaluit for half of her life. She is the Child and Family Advocate for the Umingmak Centre, which is Nunavut’s first Child Advocacy Centre and a new project under ACYF. Laura is also a board member of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada where she is able to give a voice for Inuit Youth in her Region. Laura has done a lot of travelling internationally, including volunteering as a childcare worker in Argentina, and working with children in Australia and New Zealand. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her dog team out for runs and sewing clothing.
Daniel Afram is the Clinical Director and Trauma Therapist with the Umingmak Centre. He has worked in Iqaluit and the community of Pond Inlet since 2017 as a Mental Health Consultant. He has an experienced background working with families and children relating to tragedies, addictions, mental illness and complex developmental trauma. Daniel holds a BSc. in Psychology, a Graduate certificate in Addictions Treatment and Prevention, a BSW, and an MSW in Clinical Social Work with a focus on Trauma. Daniel has a deep interest in supporting families, as they are the ultimate source of holistic healing.
Emma Akulukjuk-Hackett is one of our two Child and Family Advocates for the Umingmak Centre. Emma was born and raised in Iqaluit. Her interests include working with children at the Iqaluit Skating Club as a coach. Emma also enjoys making art in her spare time and being out on the land.