Curteanu is an energetic advocate for building a diverse, inclusive and sustainable community. ( Provided)
“Jocelyn Curteanu has proudly served as a voice for the people of Whitehorse since 2012. In her two terms, she has been an energetic advocate for building a diverse, inclusive and sustainable community.
Curteanu is pleased to see a variety of candidates in this year’s race. “A busy and varied list of candidates is good for the City because it adds to the diversity of views and ensures more citizens feel they are represented” she says. “Ultimately the people of Whitehorse will decide what voices they need to hear in Council at this time. I am passionate about serving a third term. I want to continue to build on the work that we have done and help shape the future based on a shared vision.”
Curteanu believes that carefully considered discussions around economic diversification are key to ensuring the sustainable growth of Whitehorse. “Together with the public, stakeholders and our partners like the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and Yukon Government, we can explore ways in which the City can support economic diversification. Having a broad range of successful industries and businesses in Whitehorse will create a resilient economy, a more balanced tax base and well paid jobs for our citizens so they can afford to live here. Affordable living is a huge concern for Yukoners.”
Curteanu noted that there is an expectation that the City can do more with less and do it better. In response to this expectation, she encourages the City to give serious consideration to a ‘Smart City’ initiative. “I would like to see the City exploring ways in which technology can help improve services, realize efficiencies, increase transparency and improve citizen engagement.” Curteanu recognizes the importance of including residents in all these discussions so no one is left behind as our great City builds on its past and develops into the future. “It is the City’s responsibility to be proactively transparent and do everything in its power to ensure all residents feel that they are being engaged and listened to.”
Being active in the community is a priority for Curteanu. She is a member of the Whitehorse Regional Women’s Committee, Racially Visible Committee, the Canadian Filipino Association of the Yukon, and was a former member of Yukon Cultures Connect and the Yukon Area Council. She also volunteers regularly at various events and initiatives throughout the city.
- Curteanu has served as the City’s Council representative on the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). She was also a Council representative on the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee (PDAC).
- She has been appointed as a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s CCMARD Advisory Committee and a member of the Yukon College Board of Governors.
- Curteanu ran for the Yukon Liberal Party in the 2016 territorial election in the riding of Copperbelt South and lost by a small margin.
- Curteanu is married with four children and is employed full-time with the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.