How we work
- support teams and leaders doing great work in our communities
- provide tools and services to build organizational effectiveness
- create a single source of truth
- help organizations and their teams to flourish by creating space for them to inspire, connect and engage their communities
What we provide
Our services include:
- coaching and training sessions
- customized digital tools
- strategy and planning - align your plan for people, purpose and performance
- Executive Director training and respite services
- online grant and hiring portal and support
- social sector recovery
Our work with you is a partnership; our team adapts and pivots with yours as we design the path forward. We prioritize effectiveness, innovation and accelerating impact. We meet teams where they're at. This is why our customer base is growing to include impact-driven organizations in the Yukon and beyond. And why often, what was started as short-term projects expands into longer-term transformational work.
Founder | CEO
Wendy founded YZED Projects to innovate....with purpose and impact. She has over 20 years experience in nonprofit management and Board experience in a variety of sectors including health, environment, social justice, community development, education, the arts, recreation and tourism. Throughout her career, she worked with leaders and organizations where collaborative funding models, innovations and partnerships were taking off. She lives and works in a world of what’s possible.
“I’ve had decades of learning from inspiring leaders and passionate colleagues. I became a champion for change within organizations – developing sound strategies and practices to build effective organizations, teams and programs. The core of this work is about community and connection. I am most excited about bringing together a team of inspiring young people and experienced coaches – to connect, create and build a better future.”
Haley is a 'big picture' thinker with cross-sectoral experience in sustainability, social + environmental impact, and governance/policy. More importantly, she loves to create spaces for discovery and connection between folks. At YZED Projects she engages her holistic perspective to support the operations of impact-driven organizations. Haley holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University on beautiful Vancouver Island where she presently calls home. When she is not working, she can be found scooting around town on her bike, practising yoga, savouring a good cup of coffee or hiking mountains on the wet coast.
“I believe that compassion for both people and the environment are synonymous which guides me in my life’s journey. This is why I am excited to bring my experience with the social sector and passion for community connections to help support an engaged and connected Yukon. All the while, remaining humble and committed to my own learning journey.”
Digital Solutions Intern
Abed was born and raised in Syria before moving to Beirut, and then arrived in the Fall of 2018 to Whitehorse, Yukon. He completed a diploma in multimedia at Yukon University before graduating with a user experience design certificate from the University of Toronto. Abed is the Digital Solutions Intern at YZED Projects and is responsible for designing the brand and building YZED’s digital presence. When not working, Abed loves taking photos, learning about app development, hiking, cooking, and appreciating the opportunities this new landscape brings him.
JHENNY LYNNE CASTILLO Digital Design Intern
Jhenny is dedicated to creating inclusive, diverse, and meaningful works that resonate and impact with purpose. She holds a BDes in Illustration from OCAD University located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario. Jhenny utilizes her illustrative skills to make the work at YZED Projects come to life. Her other hobbies and interests include gardening, houseplants, badminton, painting, cloud watching and walks with her dog Nala.
Ebun is a passionate business & technology enthusiast striving to utilize logical and creative thinking to fuse both passions into optimal user experiences. Ebun holds a Bsc in Applied Computer Science and a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg. The satisfaction of learning new programming languages, frameworks, and offering keen software design techniques, with a garnish of entrepreneurial spirit allows her to reach new heights within her software development work at YZED projects. Her forward thinking approach energizes her to take a great interest in exploring and creating new innovations. However, when her tech focused activities are done you can find her enjoying a nice Netflix documentary, travelling, or exploring new recipes and restaurants!
Climb Yukon Association
E2 Music & Events
Skills Canada Yukon
United Way Yukon
Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre
Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
Yukon Agricultural Association
Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
Yukon Helpers Network
Yukon Historical & Museums Association
Yukon Invasive Species Council
We gratefully acknowledge the collaborations, funding and business supports provided by:
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Government of Canada
Government of Yukon
It's all about impact
As the world speaks out against racism, discrimination, poverty and climate inaction, YZED Projects stands in solidarity; supporting and leading in the advancement of truth, humanity and justice.
We are actively engaged in work supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Strong cooperation is needed now more than ever.
Partners need to mobilize both existing and additional resources— technology development, financial resources, capacity building. Multi-stakeholder partnerships will be crucial to leverage the inter-linkages between the SDGs to enhance their effectiveness and impact and accelerate progress in achieving the Goals.
Our current projects are working to support the following SDGs: