TCY November 2021 Update 
Tai Chi Yukon AGM and Special Event

On November 20, 2021 at Takhini Elementary School gym in Whitehorse, we held the Tai Chi Yukon AGM. Despite being the coldest day of the winter so far at -33 C, we managed to get a quorum.

The instructors incorporated some very clever, creative and interesting educational vignettes during our practice session before we started the AGM. Using charts and stories, Helene presented the history of Tai Chi. Thanks to Lisa Pan for help with pronouncing the Chinese words. Alison discussed the theory of Yin and Yang with a demonstration. Jo-Ann talked about the scope of courses offered by Tai Chi Yukon and the use of swords, daggers and fans, while Pam demonstrated some moves with these tools. Then Marina and Jo-Ann led us in some Tai Chi moves. It was all good fun. We ran out of time but Marina kindly presented her research on the many health benefits of TC the following Saturday. Click here to see a copy of her excellent article.


We also celebrated Pam Boyde, to honour her 5th year of being our Chief Instructor. Pam was given flowers, gifts, and cards while we were regaled with stories from both Jo-Ann and Helene. We learnt of the many areas in which Pam has shared her boundless energy and enthusiasm for teaching us Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. Not only has she taught our instructors with such professional standards, but she is also instrumental in assisting the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association (IYFTCCA) as their VP of Operations and Executive Manager. From her log house in the woods in the Yukon, she coordinates their on-line learning around the globe, which has blossomed during this pandemic.

In 2007, Pam was certified as an instructor by the IYFTCCA. Pam was the first Canadian to achieve this rank. She was instrumental in 2019 in having Tai Chi Yukon formally recognized as an affiliated school with the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association, the third such school in Canada. Needless to say, we are very honoured and appreciate having Pam Boyde as our Chief Instructor.

During our AGM election, most of the board members agreed to stay on for another term. Jill Johnstone joined the board and Monique Girard stepped down. Welcome Jill and many thanks to Monique for your contributions to TCY. See the About Us page for an updated list of board members. 


Most of the group who braved -30 C temperatures for our 2021 AGM special event.

At left: Pam demonstrates a few moves from fan form.


Marina presenting our thank you scroll honouring the many contributions of Chief Instructor, Pam Boyde.


 Lisa teaching Chinese pronunciations of names during Helene's presentation on the history of Taijiquan.