This will be the final year at the helm of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race for Marie Belanger.
Belanger will step down from her position as Yukon Quest – Yukon Executive Director, following the 2014 race. It’s a decision she says was not easy to make.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am leaving the YQ,” said Belanger. “I have so many wonderful memories of my time on the trail and the people that I have been blessed to work with, but I also have high hopes for my future as I pursue a new adventure outside the territory.”
Belanger moved to Whitehorse from Churchill, Manitoba to work for the Yukon Quest in 2009. She was Operations Manager for the Yukon for three years, before being promoted to Executive Director in August of 2012.
“I have loved every minute of this job – the challenges, the tasks, the relationships that I forged. I will without doubt miss my Yukon Quest family, but will proudly tell people that I used to work for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race!”
“It was a bit of a shock to learn that Marie is planning to leave the Yukon Quest as Executive Director,” said Joost van der Putten, President of the Yukon Board. “Her dedication, enthusiasm and drive for results will surely be missed. But, for everyone there is a next stage in life and Marie is heading for hers.
“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish Marie a wonderful future and the best of luck. She will always have a place in our hearts and we would gladly see her back as a volunteer in the near or far future.”
Following her departure, Belanger will remain available to the next ED and the Board for support. There’s no counting her out when it comes to volunteering on the trail either.
“Who knows? You may see my face again!” she teased.
Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) will be accepting applications for the position of Executive Director – Yukon starting October 25th. The job posting will go up then on the official website.