The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race recently held its Yukon and Alaska AGMs, in Whitehorse and Fairbanks, respectively.
In Whitehorse, Michael Peterson was elected as the new President of the Yukon board.
Peterson, a long-time director on the Yukon board and race volunteer, replaces outgoing president Joost van der Putten. Additionally, former Yukon Quest musher Rob Cooke assumes the role of Vice President, replacing Rolf Schmitt.
Newly elected board members for the Yukon include: Yukon Quest finisher Normand Cassavant, who was the mushers rep on the board in 2013; Dylan Soo with Northern Vision Development, a long time supporter of the Yukon Quest; Natalie Haltrich, the Checkpoint Manager in Carmacks; and Judy Beaumont, a volunteer with the Quest for over 18 years.
Haltrich was also elected as Secretary of the board while Yukon Quest finisher Brian Wilmshurst remains the Yukon Mushers' Representative for the second year, and Bev Regier was re-elected as Treasurer. Mieke Langerhuizen and Harry Kern return as Directors.
Meanwhile in Fairbanks, one new member was chosen for the Alaska board while another was re-elected.
The new board member is Nancy Flannery. Nancy is an avid follower of the Yukon Quest and worked as a handler at the start of the 2014 race. She brings a huge enthusiasm for the sport and a positive attitude to compliment the current board.
Susan McDonald was re-elected, after having served on the Alaska board for the past two years. Susan spent one year as the treasurer, two years on the finance committee and one year on the Race and Trails Committee.
Current President, Bill McDonald, joins Judy Currier, Nicolle Hendrix, and Brent Sass as returning members of the Alaska board. Officers for the Alaska board will be elected at the next regular board meeting, June 11th.
The Yukon Quest would like to extend a sincere thank you to all out-going board members, including Joost van der Putten, Rolf Schmitt, Pamela Brown, Lisa Baraff, and Stephanie Knaebel, for their countless hours of hard work and support of the race.
The 2015 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, February 7th in Whitehorse.