As a child, Yvonne was taught how to fish by her father on the shores of Rice Lake but it was only eight years ago that her passion for the sport was ignited after joining a couple of local bass clubs. Her involvement at charity events and kids’ derbies, such as the Port Perry Bassmasters’ Kids’ Fishing Day, ultimately led to her becoming a fishing instructor at the Women’s Outdoor Weekend held annually by the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.
As an ambassador for the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, she promotes National Fishing Week and the Keep Canada Fishing initiative at every opportunity.
Aside from her volunteer work, she is an active participant in a number of tournaments in Ontario including the Kingston Canadian Open of Fishing, the Canada-US Walleye tournament and the Ontario BASS Nation Qualifier.
In 2012, she created the Fishing 101 for Women program which has been offered in various cities in Ontario to women with an interest in learning recreational angling. Yvonne’s focus is to contribute to the growth of the sport by increasing female participation, and in turn, so that women will pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of new anglers.
In February 2016, she received the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame for her contributions to the sport. She is the first female recipient of the award.