Nominations: Riverdale South MLA Jan Stick seeks a second term to build on five years helping Yukoners

Incumbent Yukon NDP MLA for Riverdale South Jan Stick announced her re-election bid at lunchtime today in Well-Read Books, the popular used book store that she co-owns in downtown Whitehorse.

During her inaugural term in office, Stick built on her experience as a Whitehorse city councilor and made helping people in need a hallmark of her work as a legislator. When the family of Teresa Schuenert, who died while undergoing treatment at the Watson Lake hospital, approached Yukon politicians for help, Stick was a willing ally in their quest for justice and closure. Stick is proud to have supported the family’s advocacy for the 2014 Schuenert Public Inquest.

“When everything is said and done, elected representatives are here to serve people with compassion, dignity and respect, and I try to uphold those values whenever someone comes through my office doors looking for help,” said Stick.

As the Yukon NDP’s health critic, Stick has been responsible for reaching out to Yukoners about health care issues – and then reflecting those perspectives in the legislature. One of the highlights of that work has been the ongoing debate over the future of continuing care in Yukon, including a packed town hall in Whitehorse last fall that saw over a hundred Yukoners express near unanimous disagreement with the government’s plan to build a 300-bed continuing care facility without consulting Yukoners.

For Stick, the social determinants of health require more thorough consideration when planning support services for people with mental health and substance abuse issues. Too many Yukoners who need access to positive care instead find themselves entangled in the justice system, and Stick plans to make the development of a mental health strategy a priority as part of a Yukon NDP government.

As a small business owner, Stick has seen firsthand the challenges that Yukon’s economy faces as a result of inaction and poor Yukon Party planning. For example, she firmly believes that Yukon Party should not defund the YuWin job board at a time when Yukon’s economy needs to connect local employers with potential employees.

“The Yukon Party has simply lost its way – and I think it’s time for us to turn the page on our flagging economy and broken health care system,” added Stick. “There is so much work to be done, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and share my vision for what’s on the horizon with my neighbours in Riverdale South as I ask them to renew their support in me as their elected representative.”