Our Staff

The words above describe the people below. 

Each and every one of our staff represent the spirit of our organization: welcoming, cooperative and supportive.

This spirit guides how we work with each other and how we work with children, youth and their families. We are all driven by the confidence we have in young Nunavummiut and the hope we have for their future.

We also like to think outside the box and get a little creative! So instead of writing our own bios, we wrote each other’s. It is with great pride and pleasure that we introduce our amazing and diverse team!


Jane Bates
Representative for Children and Youth

Jane’s story starts in Mississauga, Ontario in a quiet neighbourhood with her adoptive family. She has always been passionate about helping young people, which lead her to earn her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. Early in her career, she responded to the call of the north and moved to Whitehorse.

While working in Yukon, Jane touched the lives of many young people and their families through her contributions to child protection, family services, critical incident investigation, youth justice, crisis intervention, and restorative community conferencing. Throughout her career, she has been guided by the principle of the best interests of the child.

A Winnie the Pooh and Star Wars fan of the highest order, she appreciates the diversity that life has to offer. Her husband Russ, and her dog Gizmo are extremely supportive of her move to Nunavut. Jane is honoured to serve young Nunavummiut and to ensure their rights are supported.


Jeffrey Kheraj
Intake Specialist

Jeffrey grew up in Resolute Bay and is very proudly of Inuit and African descent. Jeff’s mother was an avid hunter. Like her, he has grown up to love being on the land and hunting. However, Jeff is not as excited about fishing (insert Jeff’s unimpressed look here).

Jeff left home at 18 to pursue a Certificate in Criminology at Yukon College in Whitehorse. After he earned his certificate, Jeff moved to Iqaluit. There, he began working as a community service worker for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Family Services.

Jeff’s family, including three children, are extremely important to him and caring for them keeps him quite busy outside of work. As well as hunting, Jeff enjoys basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and reading up on Star Wars in his spare time.

After several years with the organization, his passion for helping others with their advocacy issues has only grown stronger.


Lynn Matte
Director of Child and Youth Advocacy Services

Lynn is smart, knowledgeable, and passionate about the work she does. She’s a real asset to our office! Lynn spent her childhood in Azilda, a small community in Ontario. She grew up in a house with her parents, brother, and grandparents. She credits her parents for her desire to always try new things.

At university, Lynn earned an honours Bachelor in English and History and an International Studies Certificate. She later went to Newfoundland to earn a Master’s degree in Folklore. She enjoys travelling and has worked and studied in some interesting places in other countries, including in an English castle. All this means Lynn is an excellent storyteller!

Lynn has called Nunavut home since 2011. Here, she fell in love with the Arctic and Kevin, her husband. She has three beautiful children. She spends her down-time knitting, getting out on the land, or cozying up with a book.


Nancy Pellerin
Senior Systemic Investigator

Nancy is originally from a small village near Trois-Rivières, Québec. Her passion for discovering new places and cultures brought her to Nunavut in 2006. She quickly fell in love with its people, land and pace of life. She continues to explore her vast Northern home via snowmobile, kayak, camping and hiking.

Nancy’s passion for children’s well-being has driven her education and career. She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA). She is certified to offer specialized training for young people and the people who work with them. This includes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), healthy relationship training, and abuse investigation training.

Nancy is an avid athlete with a growing family and penchant for large dogs. She is a good listener and will speak up for people who are finding their own voice.
Occasionally, she finds a moment just to herself. If you catch her at one of these times, she’s probably curled up with a good book and good cup of coffee



David Korgak
Manager of Individual Advocacy Services

David was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and his happiest memories of childhood are from when he was a student in Iqaluit’s elementary and middle schools. As the oldest of seven children, David is a natural when it comes to working with children and youth.

David enjoys playing volleyball and soccer, as well as classic board games (he admits to having a competitive streak – especially with Monopoly and Connect Four). As a youth, David participated twice in the Arctic Winter Games. His involvement in sports has also given him the opportunity to visit Alberta and Newfoundland. In fact, David has travelled to all territories and provinces in Canada, except Prince Edward Island. Most recently, David’s love of travelling and trying new things drew him to Australia, where he lived for two years. In 2020, David and his fiancée Marissa welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Wren.

Our office is thrilled to have David join the RCYO after successfully completing the Sivuliqtiksat Internship Program.


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Katie Didham
Senior Systemic Investigator/Researcher

Katie grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with three sisters, three brothers and many, many cousins. One of her fondest memories from this time was tending to her grandfather’s garden with her siblings and extended family.

After graduating from high school, Katie went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Francis Xavier University. She also has a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University and a Master of Arts in Disability Management from the University of Northern British Columbia, which is where her love of helping people started Katie’s desire for adventure took her to Nunavut in the summers of 2001, 2002, and 2003. A love for the North has led to Katie calling Iqaluit home since 2004.

Before coming to work for our office, she worked with the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission in Nunavut, helping people with their early and safe return to work after illness or injury.

If Katie is not busy with her husband and two children, she’s probably drinking coffee, watching a documentary, or listening to a podcast. 


Kim Foster
Manager of Communications and Public Awareness

After living in both the east and west of Canada, Kim move to the north in 2017. Supporting children, youth, and families, has been a large part of Kim’s life, having previously worked for Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern and Central Alberta.

Kim received her degree in communications from the University of Calgary and her diploma in journalism from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (S.A.I.T).

Kim says she is grateful for the opportunity to work at the RCYO because of the meaningful work the office does to support the rights of young Nunavummiut and their families. The RCYO is equally excited to have Kim join our team - we love the enthusiasm and positive energy she brings to our office!

One of her greatest passion is travelling, as she loves to learn about and experience different cultures and foods. She really hopes to explore more of the Arctic in the upcoming years. When she is not at the office, you may see Kim walking her dog, Hudson.

Diana Salguero
Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist

Before moving to the north, Diana was living in Ottawa, Ontario. Diana studied Cognitive Science at Carleton University and has since pursued various counselling certifications, with a focus on trauma-informed practice.

Diana’s love for travel and passion for working with children and youth introduced her to the North. Most recently, Diana was living in Rankin Inlet, and working at Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Center. While working at the Friendship Center, Diana had the opportunity to travel to various communities in Nunavut and provide support to families and young people during times of crisis.

Diana now calls Iqaluit home and our office is excited to have her on the team.

Nubiya Enuaraq
Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist

Nubiya Enuaraq became our newest Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist in May 2020.

Nubiya attended Dalhousie University of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in June 2017, she graduated as a valedictorian from Nunavut Arctic College receiving a Bachelors of Science in Arctic Nursing. She went on to complete the Nursing Mentorship program where she was placed in various acute- and long-term health care settings at Qikiqtani General Hospital (QGH). Prior to joining our team she was a nurse in the Emergency Department at QGH. Nubiya gained some valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities during her two years as a registered nurse at QGH and she feels that they will positively contribute to the vision of our office.

Her passion lies in serving the public and ensuring that services, policies, and procedures that are in place in Nunavut adequately meet the needs of its population. Through her work, she hopes to strengthen and/or contribute to the development of healthy public policies.

Rhea Monteiro
Communications Coordinator
(Summer 2018)

Rhea moved to Iqaluit from Mumbai, India, in May of 2017. Moving to the Arctic was a huge change for her having lived her whole life in a warm tropical city with many people. Her love of singing lead her to join the Inuksuk Drum Dancers which she says has been, “really great for me because it has helped me learn some Inuktitut and a bit about Inuit culture.”

Rhea’s summer employment at RCYO was her first job ever!

As the communications coordinator she was responsible for daily media monitoring and coordinating public outreach opportunities in Iqaluit at local grocery stores and summer camps.

Rhea also learned about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and helped choose the right that would be the focus of the 2018 Your Story, Your Voice contest. Rhea was also heavily involved in visually highlighting youth voice in the office's review of mental health services.

Rhea says “working at the RCYO has not only given me a better understanding of how important children’s rights are, it has also helped me to be more responsible and get out of my comfort zone, mainly by sharing my thoughts and information with the team. I am so glad that I had the chance to work with such incredible people who believe that children and youth voices matter.”

It was our pleasure having Rhea join the office, if only for the summer!

Caroline Angalik
Assistant Systemic Researcher
(Summer 2017)

Caroline Angalik loves helping others and giving back. She is passionate about working with children and is fulfilling her goal of becoming a teacher by working toward her Bachelor of Education through the Nunavut Teacher Education Program. Caroline will enter the second year of her program in September 2017.

With time spent in Arviat, Baker Lake, and most recently Iqaluit, Caroline has lived in the territory all of her life. Caroline loves living in Nunavut – especially the beauty of the land, the abundance of wildlife, the culture, and the people. She also enjoys sewing, baking, and spending time with her family, especially her children.

Caroline’s ability to do research and share valuable input with her co-workers are just a few reasons why Caroline is a welcome addition to the RCYO as the 2017 summer student.

Clara Akulukjuk
Communications Officer
(Summer 2016)

Clara Akulukjuk is originally from Panniqtuuq, Nunavut where she was raised by her mother and her family. After completing high school, Clara lived in several places in Ontario to study post-secondary education. She attended and received diplomas from Nunavut Sivuniksavut at Algonquin College and the Early Childhood Education program at Georgian College. Clara is currently earning her Bachelor of Education through the Nunavut Teacher Education Program in Iqaluit. She will enter her third year of the four year program in September 2016.

She enjoys spending time with her family in Iqaluit and Panniqtuuq, camping with her grandparents in the summetime, traveling and photography. Clara strongly cherishes her Inuit culture and hopes to get to know more Indigenous cultures across the Arctic nations.

Clara says being a part of the Representative for Children & Youth’s office as a summer student has helped her understand how important children’s rights are and how we all can benefit from promoting and respecting them.

Clara has brought her strong organizational and planning skills to the RCYO. We are thrilled to have her with us!


Megan Blair
Youth Engagement Researcher
(Summer 2015)

Originally from Nova Scotia, Megan moved with her family to Iqaluit in 2004. As a long-time resident, she has enjoyed every aspect of growing up in Nunavut. She completed her schooling in Iqaluit and will soon earn her Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights from Carleton University. After completing her degree, Megan hopes to stay in Nunavut and continue human rights work at home.

Megan is an avid traveler and has enjoyed the many travel opportunities that have come her way. She hopes to one day travel the world and experience its unique cultures and histories.

Working as the summer student for the RCY has been an educational and eye-opening experience for Megan and has sparked a new passion for the rights and interests of children and youth. She is excited to see and contribute to the development of an advocacy office for children and youth in Nunavut.