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Debate around NGOs in Whitehorse whith counciillor and mayoral candidates

October 18, 2018, is the date of the City of Whitehorse election. VBY would like to give non-profit organisations in Whitehorse the opportunity to think about the issues that matter to you, and how councillor candidates will handle them.

On September 28, 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm at MacBride Museum (2nf Floor), VBY is gathering councillor and mayoral candidates to discuss the non-profit sector, and the challenges we all face. Please RSVP

We invite you to attend the debate, hear the positions of councillor and mayoral candidates, and be part of a discussion that will – no matter who forms the next council – have a lasting impact on our lives, and the lives of those we serve through our agencies.

We want you to be part of the Debate!: If you have a specific question you would like asked, or an issue that you would like raised, we ask you to send these ideas to us. We will compile your submissions and provide the candidates’ representatives with the questions ahead of time, so they can prepare. Please send your questions to Bruno by Sunday. September 23rd.

We hope that you take some time to think about the issues that are important to you and your organisation, and help us facilitate this vital discussion. We also hope that you attend the debate, and hear the answers first-hand.

Questions received from Whitehorse non-profit organisations: (Updated on September 19, 2018)

  1. What are their thoughts about reducing or waiving costs of rental of city facilities to non-profit organizations?  At present there is a reduced rate, but for many non-profits the rates are still cost-prohibitive for holding fundraising events.
  2. What are their thoughts about waiving or reducing admission fees for youth passes for the CGC? As most youth programs are on a limited budget, purchasing passes for multiple participants adds up and can only be done occasionally. 
  3. What do they feel are the city priorities when it comes to youth issues within Whitehorse? And how should the city support these priorities?
  4. The context for this question is that some NGOs have recurring annual events, of roughly the same scope from year to year.  What are your thoughts on multi-year funding structures for this scenario? In other words, instead of the NGO applying for 1, 2, 3 or more sources of funding for the recurring event each year, with all the labour and resources associated with that application, the NGO could make an application for funding that spans more than one year for the same recurring event.  The expected result is that the NGO frees up resources between application years to focus more on its core deliverables.
  5. How does the city prioritise heritage and culture, what does it mean to each candidate both in a community building sense and economically?
  6. When you google Corporate Social Responsibility and City of Whitehorse there are no results. If you are elected, would you support the City of Whitehorse establishing a CSR plan that supports local charities and that also encourages employees to engage in this strategy through their workplace?
  7. "What are your thoughts on partnerships between organisations, particularly partnerships between seemingly related organisations, versus partnerships between seemingly unrelated organisations, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of partnership when it comes to being considered for City of Whitehorse funding."

Format for the Debate: Councillor and Mayoral candidates
Main goal: This debate is to expose the NGO sector to councillor and mayoral candidates and to encourage communication between NGOs and the candidates. The question will be provided by VBY members

Debate: 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm at MacBride Museum (2nd floor) Doors will be open at 4:45 pm and will be close at 7:45 pm

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm (Wine ($) + refreshments): Meet & Greet (30 minutes):
Activity:  VBY will have some questions for the public to ask of the candidates
Goal of the activity: Ice breaking, one on one discussion between the public and the candidates

5:30 pm to 6:05 pm: Introductions (35 minutes)
NGOs will introduce themselves to councilor and mayor candidates: Max 15 minutes

  • Who we are
  • What we do
  • What is our issue
  • Our hope for tonight

NGO Participants: (Updated September 20, 2018)

  1. Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
  2. Yukon Learn
  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters
  4. Nakai Theatre
  5. Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games
  6. Yukon Transportation Museum
  7. United Way Yukon
  8. Yukon Historical Museum Associations

Candidates will introduce themselves to the public: Max 20 minutes

  • Who I am
  • What I know about Whitehorse NGOs
  • Express my position on the role of NGOs in Whitehorse

Councillor candidates (Updated September 20, 2018)

  1. Mike Gladish
  2. Betty Irwin

Mayoral candidates (Updated September 20, 2018)

  1. Rick Karp

Goal of the Activity: For councillors and Mayorals to gain a better knowledge of some Whitehorse non-profit organisations and for organisations to have an opportunity to tell who they are.

6:05pm to 7:15 pm: Debate Max 70 minutes
Activity: For each question, 3 to 4 councillor candidates and one Mayoral candidate will be chosen to answer the questions and then other candidates can step up. (Maximum 15 minutes per question)
Goal of the Activity: to learn candidates' positions on NGO topics

7:15 pm to 7:45 pm: informal discussion

If you have any questions about the debate, for more information, or to send us your questions to the candidates, please contact


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