Yukon schools and
community organizations
receive $350,000 for student
attendance projects
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Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society (the “Society”) announces that it is among the twelve finalists in iA Financial Group’s Canada-wide philanthropic contest. The Society has the chance to win a donation of up to $100,000 which will allow the Society’s funding program, Every Student, Every Day, to support more Yukon schools, community groups and First Nations governments with their projects aimed at improving school attendance and engagement – leading to increased graduation rates.  

Until November 30, 2023, the public is invited to go to donations-contest.ia.ca/community and vote for submission they find the most inspiring in each market from among the twelve finalist submissions. 

“We are excited that iA Financial Group chose our submission. This donation would allow us to provide more funding to projects like Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, Arts and Music (STTEAM) programs, supporting mental health programs, empowering young girls through mentorship programs, personal development and cultural learning. We invite everyone to vote!”, states Tara Christie, President of Victoria Gold Student Encouragement Society.  

Note that a donation of $100,000 will be made to the four charities that receive the most votes and the remaining eight charities will each receive $10,000. Contest results will be announced in December. 

Contest details are available at donations-contest.ia.ca/community

Every Student, Every Day is a project funding program operated by Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society, a registered Yukon society and a registered Canadian charity, which works with the community to raise awareness and funds to support increased student attendance throughout the Yukon.

We are passionate in our goal to help Yukon students attend school regularly. Supporting success in their learning and in their lives is at the heart of everything we do.

Guided by the volunteer, not-for-profit Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society, since its establishment in the fall of 2012, Every Student, Every Day has raised and distributed over $1,850,000 to directly support more than 200 grass-roots student attendance projects in our territory’s schools and communities.

Every Student, Every Day works in partnership with Victoria Gold Corp, Banyan Gold Corp, Yukon Education, Air North Yukon’s Airline, Finning, Northern Vision Development, Nuway Crushing Ltd., Orion Resource Partners, Osisko Gold Royalties and many other committed private sector and community partners and together, we are dedicated to helping alleviate absenteeism in our territory’s classrooms.

President’s message

“In 2012, when representatives from Victoria Gold Corp. and the territorial government came together to discuss how we, as proud Yukoners, could help increase student attendance rates in classrooms throughout the territory, the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society’s Every Student, Every Day charitable fund was born.

Since 2012, our efforts through Every Student, Every Day are demonstrating positive, tangible results in schools from Old Crow to Watson Lake and Mayo to Whitehorse.

We know that one of the most important things our territory’s students can do is also one of the most basic: go to school every day.

Working together as a community to encourage regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways we can prepare our children for success – both in school and in life. By making school attendance a priority, we are helping Yukon students get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviour and have an improved chance of graduating from high school.

On behalf of the Society’s volunteer board and Every Student, Every Day, we extend sincere thanks to all our partners and champions for their generous support. We look forward to another year of fundraising and meaningful engagement activities throughout the territory so that every Yukon student can attend school every day.”


Tara Christie
Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society

“As my young daughter starts on her school journey, a successful experience in the classroom for her – and for all students – resonates deeply with my family and with our entire Victoria team.

By supporting increased student attendance through Every Student, Every Day, we are setting Yukon students up for a strong future. We are helping them feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships and of course, be more likely to graduate from high school.

As Victoria’s Eagle Gold Project northwest of Mayo has now begun construction on the path to operation, employment opportunities at the site have increased significantly and we want all Yukoners to be able to access them.

For this to happen however, we all must come together as a community to help keep our territory’s children in school from their first day of Kindergarten through to high school graduation.

Victoria Gold appreciates the dedication of Every Student, Every Day’s committed volunteers and the fund’s government and industry partners and is proud to be part of this very important initiative.”

John McConnell
President & CEO
Victoria Gold Corp.

“Student attendance is one of the most important factors contributing to student success – when students miss school, they miss important learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly tend to get better grades and practice important work habits that can benefit them throughout their lives. We are proud to partner with the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society to support the Every Student, Every Day initiative for the past nine years. We have seen that this initiative has a direct impact on regular attendance to help students advance their learning as well as develop healthy work habits and social skills.”

Minister of Education Jeanie McLean, Government of Yukon