After three years at the helm in the Yukon office, Natalie Haltrich is stepping down from her position as Executive Director of the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
Haltrich began her work as the Executive Director – Yukon in July 2015, coming to the table with ample experience, having served for two prior years on the Yukon Board of Directors.
“This has been one of the best professional experiences I could have come in to at this point in my life,” said Haltrich. “I’ve always felt supported by a great team and have been given the opportunity to be creative to overcome challenges and make a difference. All said, it’s been amazing and I know I’m leaving the race and organization in good hands with everyone involved.”
Prior to stepping into the role of Executive Director, Haltrich also spent time as a handler on the trail, as a volunteer, and then as the Carmacks Checkpoint Manager in 2014 and 2015. Like many before her, she was hooked immediately.
“I heard about the race when I was living in Vancouver and knew I had to get involved. From day one I was treated like family. Everyone involved in the race made me feel welcomed which sparked my decision to increase my involvement from year to year. I know this positive energy will continue and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.”
“Natalie came into the position with incredible drive and enthusiasm,” said Bev Regier, President of the Yukon Board. “Her dedication to our sponsors, partners and race as a whole has not gone unnoticed and will be missed.”
“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish Natalie the best of luck in her next adventure. We appreciate all her hard work over the years in all her roles and would gladly see her back as a volunteer in the near or far future.”
Following her departure, Haltrich will remain available to the next ED and the Board for support.
Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) will be accepting applications for the position of Executive Director – Yukon starting November 1st. The job posting is available here.