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Geraldine Van Bibber

Van Bibber to seek second term in Porter Creek North

Geraldine Van Bibber, the Yukon Party MLA for Porter Creek North, will seek the Yukon Party nomination as the riding’s candidate in the next territorial election.

By Whitehorse Star on September 17, 2020

Geraldine Van Bibber, the Yukon Party MLA for Porter Creek North, will seek the Yukon Party nomination as the riding’s candidate in the next territorial election.

“It has been a huge honour to represent the riding of Porter Creek North over the last almost four years,” Van Bibber said Wednesday.

“Listening to and working hard on behalf of the constituents of the riding has been a rewarding experience, and I want to continue to ensure that they have a strong voice fighting for them.”

A member of the Gwich’in First Nation, Van Bibber was first elected in 2016, after having been an advisor to former premier Darrell Pasloski’s government. Born and raised in Dawson City, she has a long history of public service and advocacy on behalf of Yukoners.

Before being elected, she served as the Yukon’s 15th commissioner – with roles and responsibilities similar to that of a provincial lieutenant governor.

Prior to being commissioner, Van Bibber served as the territory’s administrator, whose duties include stepping in for the commissioner when he or she is unavailable.

She has also been a strong advocate for developing and supporting made-in-Yukon education, and served as chancellor for the former Yukon College.

“Regardless if the issues have to do with school zones, access to medical care, or even municipal issues, I have always put the constituents of Porter Creek first and advocated on their behalf,” said Van Bibber.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, and I want to do my part to continue to improve the lives of Yukoners by supporting a vision for the territory focused on compassion and action.”

Van Bibber also has a long history of supporting and advocating for the northern and Canadian tourism industries.

She has played a key role in making the territory a travel-destination by co-ordinating the tourism industry and broadening awareness of its unique Indigenous cultures.

She was crucial in the formation of the Yukon First Nation Tourism Association in 1992, and has also served on the board for the Canadian Tourism Commission, Aboriginal Tourism Canada, the Yukon Tourism Education Council.

Additionally, Van Bibber has served on the Yukon Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, Yukon’s Business Development Fund, and the Small Business Advisory Committee for the Canada Revenue Agency.

She has also been involved in many community organizations.

Those include the Yukoners’ Cancer Care Fund and the Gathering of Traditions Potlatch Society.

For her commitment to improving the lives of Yukoners and her role in development of the territory’s tourism industry, Van Bibber was awarded the Order of Canada in 2016.

She has also been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was inducted into the Order of St. John by former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

In the November 2016 election, Van Bibber took 435 votes, while the Liberals’ Eileen Melnychuk earned 372, the NDP’s Francis van Kessel 145 and the Green Party’s Mike Ivens 37.

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon and longtime MLA Brad Cathers have also confirmed their intentions to run in the next election, which must occur by late 2021.

Comments (10)

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Mike on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:11 pm

I've never heard of this person. Strange.

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Somewhat Gobsmacked on Sep 21, 2020 at 7:19 am

Snowman, you mean to tell me Curry gave himself a very generous going away present, couldn't make good over there and is now back as a prodigal son looking to gouge more?

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Snowman on Sep 19, 2020 at 3:34 pm

I might have considered voting for her if she was running for a different party. But now she will have to answer to a guy one-third her age and who gave himself a golden parachute the last time he was an MLA. Currie Dixon doubled his severance pay just days before stepping down in 2016. I think that is shameful at the best of times, but to do that when you CHOOSE to leave your job? Wow, that takes some serious cajones! And now that he couldn't make it in the private sector, he is back to the public trough again. He is hoping Yukoners have short memories I guess.

You are obviously aware of all this Geraldine, so why would you run for the Conservative party under him? You should have just rode off into the sunset with all of your pensions.

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PC Resident on Sep 18, 2020 at 6:25 pm

@politico...ummmm career politician? That lady has more class than anyone I have ever met. She is in her FIRST term as a politician. Can hardly call that a career. But in case you haven’t noticed, her career spans a hell of a lot more ground than just politics. More than some actual “career politicians” - MLAs who spend their entire adult lives as MLAs (usually because they are good) or the “hopefuls”, who run and lose and run and lose and finally settle for something like a city Council to bide their time while they wait for their next chance to run again (seriously pathetic). Why knock a great MLA?

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What? on Sep 18, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Politico, do you recall the Liberal takeover of the PCCA a couple years ago, when Liberal staff members came to the meeting, overthrew the President, and took over? She was at every meeting before that. If she hasn’t since, it’s for good reason. I stopped attending as well when that happened. I have received newsletters from Ms. Van Bibber. I have seen her at events, and I know for a fact she attends School Council meetings and other goings-on in the riding.
Perhaps you could call yourself fortunate as you haven’t had to get her help with anything. Try giving her a call instead of calling her absent. She is anything but. Nice try though, trying to put her down in a “diplomatic” fashion. If you think you could do better, why don’t you run? Although do it in a different riding, please.

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Politico on Sep 18, 2020 at 1:10 pm

Geraldine has a great booster club. Unfortunately she has been MIA for her time as my MLA. City Council had a meeting to meet PC constituents, no G. Completely absent for all meetings of the PCCA, only the Liberal MLAs showed up for those. No constituency meeting in 3 years. I do get the mail outs from the Yukon Party but nothing from G. She seems to say nothing in the legislature or write anything to the paper trying to help her riding. Just a career politician waiting for her pension to kick in. We need someone who is willing to work for PC not someone who disappeared after getting elected!

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Yukoner in PC on Sep 18, 2020 at 9:05 am

A person asked on facebook what she has ever done for her riding. I called about a situation I had no luck with through the government departments for a year (health relate). Geraldine helped, wrote letters, followed up, advocated for me and it was solved. I have never felt better in years and I have her to thank for helping me get it done. A friend of mine had another issue solved because our MLA went to bat for her against the government. It was education related. Just because people do not like a certain party, doesn't mean the representative does not work hard. Because you don't know what their job entails or how they help people doesn't mean they aren't helping people. I wouldn't want the job - a lot of it is thankless. You get people saying "what has she ever done for people?". Well, she does a lot, and she cares. What have you done for people lately?

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm

I also like Geraldine, and appreciate her hard work. Geraldine and Kate are probably the only two politician's i know that don't seem to have changed who they were when they got in. Still the down to earth kind people we voted for.

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drum on Sep 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Great - good lady for the riding.

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Sarah on Sep 17, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Geraldine is my MLA. She is humble, kind, hardworking and a delight to talk with. I would be honoured to vote for her again and always. The comment section in this paper has been nasty lately. I truly hope to see nothing but good comments about this wonderful lady. Her heart and head are in a good place, and there is simply no place for trolls comments on this article.

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