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Councillor Joyce Timpson

Councillor Joyce TimpsonAs a downtown Toronto girl, I studied science but learned that the lab was not for me and switched to social work.  I came to Sioux Lookout in 1976 for wilderness and adventure and to work for the Kenora Children's Aid Society 'for a year', or so I thought.   The timing was right and for the next decade, I was on the ground floor in the creation of the now established social services in town, such as the Patricia Centre, First Step Women's Shelter, Community Counselling and Addictions Services, and Nodin.  Next, I returned to graduate school, did research, wrote academic papers and taught at Cambrian College. I soon learned that full time academia also was not for me.  In 1993, I returned to Sioux Lookout and established a consulting practice. On the side I worked on the provincial Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council.

Working in and around, and studying government has given me a great interest in grass roots politics and in 2006 I was elected to Council. During my first term, I was active in Sioux Hydro, social housing, Ontario Works, child care, and homelessness committees. I proposed the creation of the Municipal Environment Committee and spent 4 interesting years with the committee in education of the public about environmental issues. I sit on the provincial Social Housing Services Corporation (, an enterprise that supports public, non-profit, supportive and cooperative housing providers.

I am currently the Chair of Friends of Cedar Bay and regularly ski in the Sleeping Giant Loppitt seeking pledges for Friends of Cedar Bay.  With the donations, we have purchased the wagon that you see on our streets pulled by Bud and Commander. We are currently working on creating an accessible walking trail at Cedar Bay that will be wheel chair accessible. Although I live working with government, I feel that my greatest contribution is working with people in community based initiative such as the Environment Committee and Friends of Cedar Bay.

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