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Official List of Candidates

This is the official list of candidates running in the 2021 City of Whitehorse Municipal Election. The Municipal Election is on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Mayor Candidates

Patti Balsillie

Patti Balsillie
Pattiformayor@gmail.com

Our city has changed drastically, and these impacts affect us every day. Housing and labour shortages, cost of living, traffic congestion, impaired waste management systems and inconsistent municipal bylaws.  I have heard you Whitehorse. It’s time to refresh.

My values are for people, for affordability and quality of life.

  • Rebuilding a team approach to City Council is essential.
  • Financial responsibility and bringing greater value for our dollar is critical.
  • Dealing with the impacts from population growth on waste and traffic and services – we need to get control of this situation – together.
  • Ensuring that we are looking into the future, and that the decisions and planning we take now make sense – common sense.

I will take the lead as a team builder, advocate, collaborator, listener, and a voice for all people. I have the energy, experience and connections to solve the impacts of growth. My party of support is our community. Let's do better.

Samson Hartland

Samson Hartland
whitehorse@northwestel.net

As a three-term City Councillor, I believe our priority should be on completing the Official Community Plan which includes re-establishing a healthy supply of building lots to keep up with the City’s exponential growth. It also aims to keep our City's costs down to ensure affordability for families, seniors and vulnerable populations.

I am also fully committed to working with Yukon First Nations and all orders of government on shared priorities.

I would like to use the skills and experience gained over the last 20 years to build consensus with and lead the next City Council you elect.

Laura Cabott

Laura Cabott
laura.cabott@icloud.com

I am just completing my three-year term as a City Councillor which I have enjoyed and learned a lot. I have lived in Whitehorse nearly 30 years and been a successful business owner as a lawyer and wilderness guide. I have enjoyed many opportunities as a volunteer for various NGOs and sports teams.

As a City Councillor, I have demonstrated that being prepared, asking questions and working closely with my fellow councillors – I get things done! My priorities if elected Mayor are: tackle the housing shortage with innovative approaches, giving homeowners more choice; address climate challenges with bold and innovative ideas; and strengthen our local economy and tourism sector.

Councillor Candidates

Eileen Melnychuk

Eileen Melnychuk
eileenforcouncil@gmail.com

We are at a critical point in our city’s history. During my Council run three years ago, I was concerned about affordability, livability, and sustainability. Not only are these concerns still present, but they are becoming more urgent. As a born-and-raised Yukoner, I appreciate our unique Klondike history but realize that for Whitehorse to grow we need to remain sustainable, both economically and environmentally.

For many of us, life has become too expensive. Housing prices have hit a record high which is forcing more families into poverty and creating staffing shortages for local businesses. Whitehorse residents work hard for their money; they deserve a municipal government that spends it responsibly. I will work with the Mayor and other Councillors to ensure we are providing responsible financial oversight and making sound decisions.

I believe that many of these challenges can start to be alleviated at the municipal level, in partnership with other levels of government, including local First Nation governments. I welcome conversations with residents about their hopes for the future and ideas for solutions.

As a long-serving community champion, I know how to collaborate and work effectively with divergent groups to achieve solutions. On October 21, let’s vote to make affordability a priority at City Council.

Noah Curtis

Noah Curtis
noahcurtis867@gmail.com 

When we elect an inclusive and diverse City Council that respectfully works with all our community partners towards our values and needs, we all benefit. We are in unprecedented times with the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, a distinct lack of housing and developed housing lots, as well as a climate change emergency. This has made it even more important to work together as a City and as a community. That is why I am excited to hear from as many friends, family, neighbours and citizens as possible to hear first-hand what their questions and concerns are, and to have a better understanding of what is important, what is working, and what needs more attention. We live in the best place in Canada. Let’s keep it that way by working together.

Telek Rogan
telekrogan@gmail.com

I love Whitehorse and am so proud of how it has grown and changed in my lifetime. I would like to be a part of helping that growth and change happen for the future.

MellissaMurray

Mellisa Murray
mellisa.murray.whitehorse@gmail.com

I am interested in running for City Council because I believe that it needs to reflect our community. I believe that I can bring a strong voice for the people of Whitehorse and create real positive change in our community. I am a born-and-raised Yukoner, second generation Chinese Canadian, and the mother of two bi-racial boys. I know I can bring a strong and diverse voice to Council and I would be a great representative.

Kelsey Hassard-Gammel

Kelsey Hassard-Gammel
kelsey.hassard@hotmail.com

I am running for City Council because I want to do my part to make Whitehorse a more affordable and welcoming city. Over the course of my life, I have lived in Whitehorse for seven years collectively, and while it is a wonderful place to live, it is getting increasingly expensive to live here and has lost a lot of the sense of community it used to have. I believe that through working collaboratively with the local First Nations governments, we can tackle the affordability and sense of community Whitehorse is losing.

Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron
kirk@kirkcameron.ca

We are at a critical point in the history of Whitehorse. Current and expected growth patterns mean that forward-looking planning is essential. In an age of climate change accelerating impacts, it is all the more important to have experienced Councillors in office to ensure proper leadership at a time when we will be facing more challenging events. We enjoy a wonderful home, but it needs vigilance to ensure it stays the great place we know. We cannot do this alone; we need strong communicators and diplomats at City Hall to work closely with our First Nations, Yukon Government and Canada.

Michelle Stimson

Michelle Stimson
michelle.stimson@icloud.com

I think a deep concern for the future of Whitehorse has brought the courage to speak up and listen to fellow Yukoners.  The best way for me to go forward at this time is to serve my community as part of a team, with a unique perspective and an honest heart, and a true vision of Whitehorse determined to be THE place to be in the North.

Cam Kos

Cam (Cameron) Kos
Cam@YukonRecycles.ca

I am running for City Council to be a solution provider and a strong voice for residents who have so much valuable input to provide but I feel are not represented with the same balance, strength or conviction on their issues of concern. As a small business owner and semi-retired after 33 years serving the public in Federal, Provincial, and Territorial government departments in a variety of fields from education and health to law enforcement, I have the background and time to provide accountable dedication to be a councillor. Elect Cam Kos to be your voice on City Council.

Doug Graham
dgraham@northwestel.net

As a life-long Yukoner, I have watched as Whitehorse has grown from a small town of 4,000 to 5,000 people when I was young to the growing municipality we now see. Like any municipality, Whitehorse needs effective leadership from its elected representatives. Over the past three years I have noticed that good leadership was, in some cases, in short supply on City Council. This situation has prompted me to once again seek a seat on Council – a position I held for 11 years before being elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly. I intend to use my experience in government as well as my ability to really listen to residents to help re-align City priorities, ensure our property taxes are used for essential municipal services, and encourage good government at City Hall.

Ted Laking

Ted Laking
ElectTed@Laking.ca

I am interested in running for City Council to be a strong voice for taxpayers and to build an affordable future for you.

Robin Reid-Fraser

Robin Reid-Fraser
robin4whitehorse@gmail.com

I am running for City Council because I think Whitehorse is a great place to live, and I want it to be even better for more people. I want to be part of a City government that takes on the challenges of climate change and works to improve things like accessibility, access to safe and affordable housing, and the public transit system.

Jocelyn Curteanu

Jocelyn Curteanu
jcurt@live.ca

Good governance requires a balance of old and new, and people with different backgrounds and perspectives. The upcoming council term will be built on past work, so experienced councillors who understand processes can provide corporate history and context of past decisions that will help ensure that Council makes informed decisions going forward. Furthermore, to best represent our citizens, we need Council members who reflect the diversity of Whitehorse and can bring those voices to the table. Over my last three terms I’ve demonstrated my commitment, concern and love for this community. I hope our citizens will allow me the honour and privilege of serving them again as a City Councillor.

Michelle Friesen

Michelle Friesen
michelle4citycouncil@gmail.com

Housing, climate change and encouraging a robust, green transit system and safe year-round active transportation routes are important priorities for me. I’m also looking forward to listening to and learning from Whitehorse residents about the issues they are focused on. The City is built on my family’s traditional territory, and having Indigenous perspectives in our municipal government is important to building our shared futures here. I learned from so many folks in our City through organizing and volunteering community events, and I’m ready to put that experience to work advocating for creative solutions to today’s pressing issues.

Dave Blottner

Dave Blottner
daveblottner@gmail.com

I have lived and worked in Whitehorse for the last fifteen years. Whitehorse has given me my home, my family, my friends and my employment; for that I would like to give back. It has been getting harder and harder for good folks to get by these days, the cost of housing is crazy, and it is becoming more and more difficult to navigate systems for folks to get the help they need. I would like to work on that as a City Councillor, I would like to focus on housing, on climate change, and affordability. I hope I will get a chance to speak with you in the coming weeks about this, and that I can count on your vote to help make Whitehorse a better city for all of us. Thank You.

Michelle Christensen-Toews

Michelle Christensen-Toews
mchristensentoews@gmail.com

My name is Michelle Christensen-Toews, and I would be honoured to represent the residents of Whitehorse on City Council. I've recently retired from a career which included working with NGOs, being a paramedic with Yukon Emergency Medical Services, and both emergency planning and occupational health and safety management advising and planning at Yukon Government. As a resident of Whitehorse since 1973 I have seen many changes. The City of Whitehorse has grown a lot in those years, with more growth expected. With this growth will come challenges. It is an exciting time for our city and as I’m now retired, I have the time and commitment necessary to work with all stakeholders to meet these challenges and move our city’s development forward in a positive manner.

Janna Swales
jswales@yukonu.ca

I am invested in the success of Whitehorse as a homeowner, mother, and not-for-profit museum leader. I love it here. My key priorities are to strengthen and build partnerships to advance our ability to meaningfully contribute to reconciliation and ensure Whitehorse as a healthy, supportive community. As a City Councillor, I will bring my public history background of emphasizing connection and independent thinking to the role. I believe that we strengthen resilience in our community when we are aware of our history. In addition, communities with a strong sense of self create social and economic growth by attracting talent and tourism revenues, expanding recreational and social opportunities and business development.

Dan Boyd

Dan Boyd
dboyd@northwestel.net

I was born and raised in Whitehorse. In the 1990’s, I was elected as a City Councillor and served two terms. Retirement has provided me the opportunity to again become involved in municipal politics. I was elected to Council in 2015 and again in 2018. I started my career in the construction industry, gaining experience on earthmoving projects. As a journeyman carpenter, I also have considerable experience in industrial, commercial and residential construction.

In the late1980’s, I joined Yukon Housing Corporation, where I served in numerous positions, including Vice President. After 15 years with Yukon Housing, I served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Community Services at YTG, responsible for Protective Services, Building Safety, Consumer Services and Infrastructure Development.

My wife Susan and I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with our three children and five grandchildren.