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RN. Mental Health & Addiction Clinician. Organizer. Volunteer. Entrepreneur. Consultant & Policy Nerd. Advocate. Millennial. (he/him).

Hi, I’m Evan Jolicoeur (it rhymes with “Oliver”).

I’m running for Courtenay City Council, and I’d love your support on October 15th.

I’m a passionate and optimistic fighter for our collective potential to be in harmony with ourselves, each other, and our natural environment. As a Registered Nurse, policy strategist and mental health and addictions clinician with over sixteen years of experience in political advocacy, I understand how governments work, and how to leverage them to meet the needs of people and the environment.

I’m an active member of the Courtenay Rotary, a member of Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, and I sit on numerous boards and not-for-profits, including: the Comox Valley Substance Use Strategy Committee, the Comox Valley Community Health Network, Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness, Comox Valley Community Action Team, and the Comox Valley Arts Council. When I’m not in back-to-back meetings, you’ll find me organising community events, taking in the beauty of Comox Valley’s nature, or working on my hobby farm.

Priorities

My vision is for a future-proof, vibrant city where everyone is healthy, safe, and included.

That’s why I’m excited to be running for Courtenay City Council. As we move out of a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our communities, we’re faced with another set of challenges: inflation, the affordability crisis, the ongoing effects of climate change, and a lack of primary care, mental health, and substance use supports. I’m a healer. I’ve spent my whole life in service, whether as a nurse, administrator, mental health and addictions counsellor, or as an advocate and entrepreneur. I understand the challenges that face us as a community, and have the energy and experience to help us overcome them. If elected, my priorities will be to:

FIND AFFORDABILITY SOLUTIONS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PROVINCE

Life is becoming increasingly unaffordable for families and workers. Municipalities like Courtenay aren’t responsible for inflation, climate change and the affordability crisis, but they’re still bearing the brunt of the outcomes. Provincial and federal governments need to step up and pay their fair share to support people to maintain a standard of living. I know how to build bridges between different levels of government, and will advocate tirelessly for the province to:

  • Build more housing for all, like affordable, supportive and community-led housing units
  • Support the City to establish a municipal housing corporation
  • Create more childcare spaces
  • Build local food security by supporting neighbourhood community gardens
  • Include mental health care under publicly funded health care
  • Build upon active transportation networks
  • Provide discounts for fossil fuel free transportation
  • Increase the child family tax credit, respite care credits and provincial disability and assistance rates
  • Provide incentives for home and commercial retrofits

TAKE LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO YOU

Politicians work for you, not the other way around. You shouldn’t have to fill in a long survey or attend an after work meeting just to have your say in the future of this city. Instead, government decision-making should come to you–before decisions are made. I want to reduce the burden for citizen participation in community decision making by engaging people where they are. If elected, I will:

  • Launch a mobile community engagement booth that meets people where they are
  • Establish community advisory committees
  • Advocate for community-to-community forums between Courtenay residents & businesses and K’ómoks First Nation to learn and work towards reconciliation — together
  • Host quarterly neighbourhood meetings
  • Host topic-based town halls where the community can voice their concerns
  • Host regular Instagram and Facebook Lives for virtual engagement

CONSERVE COURTENAY’S NATURAL BEAUTY

Whether we enjoy tubing on the Puntledge, fishing, kayaking or just spending a day at the beach, we all have a relationship with water in Courtenay. But we’re one of the only communities on Vancouver Island without a regional parks strategy, and the Comox watershed (the waters all around us) needs our protection if we’d like to continue enjoying this way of life. I’ll work with our municipal partners, including K’ómoks First Nation, to develop a regional parks board and regional parks strategy to protect and conserve our natural environment while building on our path of reconciliation.

RE-ESTABLISH COURTENAY AS A DESTINATION FOR ARTS, CULTURE AND RECREATION

Courtenay has something for everyone, residents and visitors alike. There are so many artists and cultural spaces here, but the City of Courtenay doesn’t have an arts and cultural strategy. I want to shine the spotlight on the vibrancy of this place, making it even more attractive for our citizens and tourists. I will work hard to:

  • Secure tourism dollars to showcase our arts and cultural sectors
  • Secure funding for marketing and promotion to highlight Courtenay as a hub for arts, culture and recreation on Vancouver Island
  • Make recreation accessible to all citizens, including income and age-based free or discounted services
  • Re-inspire and revitalise Downtown Courtenay for arts, cultural and community connections in partnership with our arts and culture-based organisations & K’ómoks First Nation
  • Expand art and culture in other areas of Courtenay (for example, Cliffe Ave and East Courtenay)
  • Advocate for the establishment of a City of Courtenay Arts and Cultural Plan

BOOST SMALL BUSINESSES

Courtenay’s population is booming, but our small businesses are still recovering from the impacts of COVID. On top of that, the costs of doing business in 2022 continue to increase. To help small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive, I’ll advocate for the City to collaborate more closely with the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Courtenay BIA and other business organisations to create opportunities for recovery, growth and innovation. As valued partners to the municipal government, businesses can count on me to:

  • Build upon municipal support and funding for tourism marketing
  • Champion Courtenay small businesses, attracting new business and investments, and attracting and retaining talent
  • Host a regional business innovation forum to seek out potential new industries for Courtenay
  • Support businesses in adapting to climate change and build more resilient business infrastructure
  • Advocate for the City to fund and support local marketing and promotions

IT'S ALL CONNECTED

The health of our roads and infrastructure is connected to the health of our watershed, which in turn is connected to our physical health and our mental health. Each point is only as strong as the other. I’m excited to serve on Courtenay City Council so I can advocate for health in all its forms and continue fighting for the best for our community.

Evan’s story

Evan’s optimism is contagious.

I was born and raised in a small town in a bilingual French/English household as the second of three brothers. I had an active childhood playing soccer, volleyball, and competitive hockey. My drive to make an impact, along with inspiration from my Catholic upbringing, are what inspired me to dedicate my life to helping others.

After a period spent in Haiti and the Dominican Republic doing humanitarian work, I returned to Canada to complete my BScN in Nursing from McGill University. Working as a full-time healthcare professional opened my eyes to the ways that systemic failures contribute to illness and disease. That’s why I shifted focus from frontline nursing to the policy and men’s mental health sectors.

As a policy strategist and men’s counsellor, I focus on understanding the ways that systems have been designed, and how to fix them. Today, much of my work focuses on Indigenous Reconciliation and all of the ways that colonialism is still perpetuated in our beliefs, systems and practices.

I’m grateful to call the beautiful Comox Valley, the traditional unceded territories of the Pentlatch, Ieeksan (eye-ick-sun), Sasitla (sa-seet-la), and Sathloot (sath-loot) people, home. As a huge nerd for the environment, I’m excited that the Comox Valley is home to one of the only communities in Canada that actually owns a forest. In addition to skiing, hiking, kayaking and swimming around the Valley, I’m a hobby farmer and enjoy spending time with my community, talking about the ways we can be responsible stewards for the land, water and air so they’re available for generations to come.

Areas of expertise

Comox Valley

Wellness Counselling

Evan’s counselling practice offers a trauma-informed, person-centred approach to addressing life’s challenges. He is trained in CBT, CPT, DBT, and nature-based therapy. He is also a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher. Evan has worked in mental health and addictions for a decade in various settings, including community, residential treatment, acute, and private practice. He leads men’s groups, wellness retreats, and offers virtual and in-person one-on-one counselling.

Evan Consulting

Consulting

Full Circle Consultancy is a small local firm with a big reach. Evan works collaboratively with clients in the not-for-profit, health, social, environment and Indigenous organisations and sectors. Full Circle offers consulting services that support strategy, program development, policy development, project management, funding development, grant writing, strategic advising, and issues management. Through this work, Evan supports organisations to overcome challenges, meet their next strategic goals, build resiliency, and grow their organisations, teams and impact.

For more about Evan’s work experience, visit his LinkedIn profile.

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About Evan

For my entire life, I’ve been fighting for inclusive solutions to the struggles I see in my communities. From health, the impacts of climate change, affordability and housing to the need for more human connection, I’m passionate about enacting positive change in Courtenay and beyond.

As ever, I’m grateful to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the people who are today called K’ómoks, consisting of the Pentlatch, Ieeksan (eye-ick-sun), Sasitla (sa-seet-la), and Sathloot (sath-loot) people.

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