A brief history of ACES and Wood Street Centre The ACES 10 program was created in 1988, under the suggestion of the Minister of Education Piers McDonald for a program to be created that would engage students from all across the Yukon and aim for a positive peer modelling approach. With that in mind, Bob Sharp, Bob Jickling and Joe Jack created the program “ACES”.
The first ACES 10 teachers were Bob Sharp and Jim Boyd who co-taught the program from F.H. Collins school. A few years later, MAD (originally running from Yukon College) and Experiential Science 11 were created.
In 1997, Wood Street Centre was established and evolved to include many other excellent experiential programs.
Literally hundreds of Yukoners have benefited from their experiences in ACES and other experiential programs at Wood Street Centre.
A bit about the ACES teacher Ms. Jenny Darling has been teaching outdoor education and science in the Yukon since 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from UBC, and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Prior to the Yukon, Ms. Darling taught a year in a fly-in First Nation community in northern Alberta, and taught English as a second language in Japan while traveling throughout Asia.
Ms. Darling loves to see students thrive in the positive and healthy atmosphere that the ACES program and Wood Street Centre provides and see how their experiences impact their lives.