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Councillor Joyce Timpson



As a Toronto girl, I arrived in Sioux Lookout in 1976 after a 2 year round the world backpacking adventure looking for a wilderness experience and more adventure – another “here for a year” folks.  As the only Social Worker in town, the timing was right: for the next decade I was on the ground floor in the creation of several established social service in town – Firefly Children’s Mental Health service, First Step Women’s Shelter, Mental Health and Addictions, and Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services. In 1988, I left Sioux Lookout to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a doctorate in Social Work.  I conducted research, wrote academic papers, and taught at Cambrian College. I soon learned that I loved Sioux Lookout too much to stay away and returned full time to start a consulting practice.

Working in and around and studying government including sitting on several provincial boards gave me an interest in grass roots politics and in 2006, I threw my hat into the ring for municipal Council. Council has been yet another adventure and here I am doing a 4th term. I have been active in many Council activities – social housing, Ontario Works, homelessness, the environment, First Nations Council relationship building, and strategies to encourage women’s involvement in politics.    I stand for a process in which Council seeks community input on important matter before making major decision and for thorough scrutinization of new projects. I hope that this term, I will encourage more women to become involved in politics and to see at least 50% participation of women in the 2022 municipal election.

I still travel up north to work with the communities. I Chair the Board of Friends of Cedar Bay, and co-chair the Youth Poverty Reduction Strategy advisory committee. I enjoy cooking, entertaining, swimming and skiing. Although I enjoy government, I believe that my best contributions lie in grass roots initiatives.  Please visit my Facebook page, Cllr Joyce Timpson.

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