Board of Directors

FOXY was incorporated as a non-profit organization in October 2014 and is led by a stellar Board of Directors. Prior to this, FOXY was a project of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research since its inception in 2012.

Our Board Members

Reneltta Arluk

Reneltta is of Inuvialuit and Dene descent originally from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the BFA Acting program from the University of Alberta and founder of Akpik Theatre, the only professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT, for over ten years Reneltta has been a part of or initiated the creation of Aboriginal Theatre across various parts of Canada and overseas. Reneltta is committed to the development of northern-based indigenous inspired stories and supporting the voice of our youth through the Arts. As a Board Member of FOXY, she believes deeply in its mandate to help build greater self-confidence for young women making healthy life choices.

Carmen Logie

Dr. Logie is an Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute. Dr. Logie’s research focus is health equity, with particular attention to intersectional forms of stigma, resilience, and sexual and mental health. She has active programs of research in collaboration with youth, including LGBTQ+ youth, in Canada, Jamaica, Swaziland and Lesotho. She is excited to be on FOXY's board because she is committed to promoting young women's sexual health and arts-based change. She feels FOXY when she is riding her red Royal Enfield motorcycle.

Candice Lys

Candice was raised in a large Metis family in Fort Smith, NWT and now resides in Yellowknife.  Candice is the co-founder and Executive Director of FOXY, as well as a PhD Candidate in Public Health and a Research Associate with the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.  She has many years of experience in sexual health education and health promotion, beginning with her days as a Peer Health Educator at the University of Alberta during her undergrad.  In her spare time, Candice is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Dechinta Bush University, a Girl Guide Leader with the 3rd Yellowknife Girl Guides, and a novice cross country skier.  Candice feels especially FOXY when sporting her FOXY hoodie and moose hide moccasins.

Kayley Inuksuk Mackay

Kayley Mackay was our fabulous photography facilitator for the first FOXY Peer Leader Retreat and has continued to lead the photography workshops at the retreats every summer since.  During the first few days of her first exposure to FOXY she found herself saying over and over “where was this when I was a teen?”  She walked away from the first retreat a full-hearted believer in everything FOXY stood for and was out to accomplish and was resolved that it would be her honour to help FOXY in any way she could.  It was of course an immediate “yes!” when approached to be a Board Member.  Kayley states that “FOXY is that thing I wish was there when I faced critical junctures in my own life; seeing young women empowered with the information, skills, and self-awareness it provides helped to heal my own heart and I want to see it go as far as it possibly can to continue to inform and empower young women in our communities and beyond.” Kayley is FOXY because she stands for every woman’s right to make their own informed decisions.

Nancy MacNeill

Nancy MacNeill was born in Iqaluit, and moved to Yellowknife with her family after a brief stint in Quebec. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, she returned to the Northwest Territories and began working with arts organizations and youth to create a stronger, more vibrant, more resilient community for Northern youth. In addition to her work with FOXY, Nancy has worked with the Northern V Network, the Long John Jamboree, and the Yellowknife International Film Festival to create venues of artistic expression and opportunities for youth to become more active in their communities. Nancy co-founded FOXY with Candice Lys, and is at her FOXiest in a fancy dress and sealskin boots.