Lana Welchman – Committee Chair/Camp Coordinator
Lana Welchman is one of the founders of Yukon Girls Rock Camp, who brought the idea of increasing the number of girls in music through the rock camp model to the Dawson City Music Festival. Primarily a self-taught musician, Lana sings, plays guitar, bass, & keyboards and can be seen playing shows around Dawson with WhoaBear! – a band formed with her sister in 2012.
Born in Saskatchewan, Lana now calls Dawson City, in Tro’ndëk Hwech’in traditional territory, home. When not ‘rock campin’, Lana is an Exercise Therapist and Therapy Aid.
Kimberly Edgar – Organizing Committee/Counsellor
Kimberly Edgar is an artist and musician based out of Dawson city in the yukon. After completing art school in Ottawa, Kim was drawn inexplicably to the north, rediscovering a dormant but lifelong love for music making. Kimberly has been playing guitar for 9 years, but playing music for a lifetime. Now, music and sound making is an integral part of Edgar’s creative practice, along with printmaking, drawing, performance, and textile work.
Kimberly has been part of Yukon Girls Rock Camp since the first year.
Katrina Diles – Organizing Committee
Alexa Mitchell – Organizing Committee
Marie-Claire Findlay-Brook – Organizing Committee
Andy Pelletier – Organizing Committee
Andy Pelletier is better known as Shreeka, a founding member of Dawson City’s League of Lady Wrestlers. When she isn’t in the ring pounding the patriarchy she studies and writes about contemporary art, draws, goes to dance parties, sings in a punk band and finds other ways to stay creative and challenge the structures of oppression.
Marita Michealis – Counsellor/Bass Instructor
Marita lives on unceded Coast Salish territories, on the ancestral and traditional lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations, in so-called Vancouver. She has been involved in rock camps for several years, as a band coach, organizer, roadie and lunch-time performer.
Marita has dedicated lots of her time to the Do-It-Yourself music community, organizing feminist music festivals, running low barrier all-ages venues, making posters, designing t-shirts and playing in bands herself. She is passionate about community spaces and amplifying marginalized voices. Marita is constantly amazed and inspired by the music and friendship that comes out of rock camp and she is so excited to see young people picking up instruments and making noise.
Laura Jeffrey – Counsellor/Drum Instructor
Laura Jeffery currently lives in Montreal, Canada. She plays drums in the jagged rock band Fountain as well as the dada/no wave music project Zad Kokar & les Combi Beyaz based out of Strabourg, France. She has spent the past year teaching English to high school students in France and touring Europe, Canada and America with her musical projects. She also spends time working on contemporary and modern dance as well as drawing. Laura is passionate about empowering female identifying youth to make noise. She has taught drums and participated as a band coach and workshop facilitator in the Girls Rock Camp in Victoria, BC for the past 3 years.
Hélène Beaulieu – Counsellor/Guitar Instructor
Born in eastern Québec, Hélène Beaulieu developed a keen interest in acoustic and electric guitar since her early years. She received her Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance at l’Université de Montréal. While living in Whitehorse (2008-2014), she developed an ensuing interest in banjo, ukulele, songwriting and improvisation. With her classical foundation and experience writing and playing in a variety of ensembles, she has found demand for her skills as a teacher, performer and composer for theatre and other projects. Amongst her highlights in the past few years is the “Les Paul 100th anniversary” in which she took part, a 100 electric guitar ensemble which created extraordinary site-specific new works for multiple guitars. Hélène now lives in Sherbrooke QC and teaches music in Kangirsuk, a little Inuit community in Nunavik, Northern Quebec.
Sarah Cloutier – Counsellor/Camper Experience
Liane Cranfield – Counsellor/Vocal Instructor
Lianne Cranfield is a Hamilton born, Yukon based singer songwriter. She has entertained many audiences and was nominated by HECFI as the Entertainment Ambassador of the City of Hamilton in 2011.
Highly influenced by her mother’s musical abilities and granny’s 30 year professional career as a choral director and organist at the Basilica in Hamilton, Lianne wrote her first song at age 7.
Lianne holds a Master’s degree in Education, with a special interest in music’s effects on human development. She now offers Children’s Music Workshops (Musical Minds) for Community Programs and Vocal Lessons for both adults and children.
Meg Walker – Keyboard Instructor
Our camp wouldn’t run without the support of our many volunteers!