Our vision is engaged and connected communities where nonprofits, businesses and governments work together to build healthy, thriving communities.
Our mission is to lead in curating impact solutions for nonprofits, businesses and governments to maximize their effectiveness in building healthy, thriving communities.
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 has worked with organizations and partners where collaborative funding models, innovative ideas 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 create, connect and build a better future.”
Haley Friesen is a passionate environmental and mental health advocate who loves to create spaces for discovery and connection between folks of all backgrounds. Haley holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University on beautiful Vancouver Island. At YZED she engages her holistic perspective to facilitate and support Yukon’s social sector in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her other interests include volunteering in her community, hiking, yoga, living a mindful life, and celebrating the diversity of our planet.
“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 Manager
Sam is a computer science student at Dalhousie University and is minoring in entrepreneurship on the side. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Sam spends most of his time out in the bush when he's not huddled over his laptop working on new projects! Sam is the Digital Solutions Manager at YZED Projects, in charge of implementing a variety of digital tools and solutions for Yukon's social sector.
Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism & Culture
Skills Canada Yukon
United Way Yukon
Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
Yukon Agricultural Association
Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce
Yukon Historical & Museums Association
Yukon Housing Corporation
Yukon Search and Rescue
FUNDING/ BUSINESS SUPPORTS
We gratefully acknowledge the funding and business supports provided by:
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Government of Canada Employment & Social Development Canada
Government of Yukon, Department of Education
Our Partners & Collaborators
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.
17 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:
Join the Team
We will be growing our team.
If you're an individual who is passionate, impact-driven and adaptable, please connect with us or send your resume.