Born and raised in Labrador, Yvonne currently resides in her hometown of Mary’s Harbour. Her Northern upbringing allows her to understand the unique needs of her community and effectively advocate for her neighbours.
First elected in 2013, Yvonne has been involved in many initiatives to progress Indigenous self-governance, create sustainable economic development in the North and implement beneficial programs for both the fisheries and mining sectors. Through her efforts, Yvonne has championed important infrastructure projects such as the Trans Labrador Highway. She has also secured funding for social programs including affordable housing projects and income supports that benefit the region.
During her time in government, Yvonne has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and most recently served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs. Through these roles she spearheaded the development of the Northern Infrastructure framework which has helped address issues important to Labrador and the North.
With over 30 years of experience, Yvonne is a proven fighter for Labradorians. She has made it her mission to build up Labrador by working with local and provincial governments, community groups and Indigenous leaders to make her constituents’ issues heard.
For over eight years, Yvonne has used her role as Member of Parliament to get more support for seniors and low-income earners, improved access to mental health resources, and build vibrant community spaces. Yvonne will continue to be the voice Labrador needs in Ottawa.