Hi, I’m Evan Jolicoeur (it rhymes with “Oliver”).
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, not-for-profit, government, project management, program development, change management and strategy – I bring a wide range of experience to my work.
As a City of Courtenay Councillor, I am also 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, the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, Comox Valley Community Action Team. When I’m not in back-to-back meetings, you’ll find me organizing community events, taking in the beauty of Comox Valley’s nature, or enjoying gardening.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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 wellness counsellor, I focus on understanding the ways that systems have been designed, and how to fix them. Today, much of my work focuses on our social and health structures in addition to Indigenous Reconciliation and all of the ways that colonialism is still perpetuated in our beliefs, systems and practices.
I was the only non incumbent elected as a City of Courtenay Councillor in the October 2022 municipal election to serve a four year term.
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.
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.
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.
For my entire life, I’ve been fighting for inclusive solutions to the struggles I see in my communities. From health, mental health, social services, the impacts of climate change, affordability and housing to the need for more human connection, I’m passionate about enacting positive change in the world.
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.
Join my campaign as a volunteer, or request a lawn sign. There are tons of fun ways to get involved!
Last updated: June 2022
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Last updated: June 2022
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