George Skookum is an exceptional example of a dedicated community member. Coaching the Carmacks’ baseball and hockey teams, George volunteers his free time in working with and inspiring youth to be proud of their First Nations heritage. Additionally, he serves as a board member for multiple committees; including the Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, Carmacks Curling Club, Carmacks Recreation Board, the Tantalus Recycling Centre, and the Yukon College Campus Committee. George is the recipient of the Commissioners Award for his astounding community service and is recognized for his positive influence on many.
Village Council consists of 5 residents dedicated to the Village, constituents, community and business sector. They continue to strive to make Carmacks a better place.
Below you will find a bio of each member of Council.
In the grocery business from the tender age of 17 years,
I found the love of my life.... FOOD. I've been in the business ever
since. Now at the tender age of 62 years, I still feel young on the
inside, but the mirror shows a completely
different reflection. Having managed 6 stores and owned my own
store, invaluable life lessons have been learned
with respect to customer service and dealing with a varied clientele,
to say nothing of the financial implications
of multi-million dollar businesses.
I love my work and I love making improvements and finding better
ways to do the same thing. And, I love to make work fun. Come to
any of our Council meetings and you'll see that we try to add a
little "zest" to the often unappealing issues of waste water and
solid waste facilities. I take the role of Mayor very seriously
though and strive to make Carmacks a better place to live,
along with the help of the rest of the Council. Expect some fun
along the way is all I'm sayin'.
Tara grew up in the picturesque town of Hope, BC. She has always enjoyed nature and a more laid back pace so
when she heard of an opportunity to head north to work she took it. She started her Yukon life by working at
Penny’s Place in Pelly Crossing and became fascinated by the Yukon. After spending a gloomy, wet winter in the
Fraser Valley Tara decided to make the Yukon her new home. She traveled North once again with her car and her
cat in 2002 and has been here ever since. She moved to Carmacks that fall and fell in love with the community’s
rich heritage and First Nations history.
Tara is a mother to two children and spends her days helping care for other Carmack’s children at the daycare. She
has a soft heart for animals and has more than a few pets at home.
She was first elected to council in 2009 and is a role she truly enjoys and often spends her free time reading the
municipal act or looking up bylaws from similar communities for comparison.
I moved to the Yukon in 1988. Then found my way to Carmacks
in 1993. In 2000, I started working for the Carmacks Health Centre.
After 17 years I have retired from the Health Centre.
I am still an active Volunteer of 15 years with the Emergency Services Team.
I have sat on school council, Yukon Housing Board, Yukon College Board, and others
This is my second time sitting as a Councillor for the Village of Carmacks and
loving every minute of it. I am glad to be back!