Kaori has lived in the Yukon for 22 years, and 15 years in downtown Whitehorse. Although Kaori grew up mostly in small town Saskatchewan, she has since lived overseas, on the west and east coast of Canada, and various points in between. Her education includes degrees in Environmental Science and Geology, and an advanced diploma in digital mapping and image analysis.
She has worked in the public, non-profit, and private sector, has owned a business, been the president of the Downtown Residents Association, and was the driving force behind the Yukon Beer Festival until 2018. She has volunteered with community theatre groups, and loves working as an actor and costume designer. She is passionate about finding solutions to problems and working out feasible ways to make that happen. She strongly believes that with Kate's leadership, decisions can be made to make a real and positive change for the Yukon.