John P. Curley
Born in Fort Erie Ontario, our family moved to South Porcupine when I was four years of age. From that tender age to the present I have resided in the east end of this city.
I attended Golden Avenue Public School, Whitney Public (now known as F.P.Krznaric Whitney Public School) and then Roland Michener Secondary School, with a two year upgrading in chemistry at Northern College.
I’ve worked in the Analytical Laboratory at Xstrata Copper Mine (Formerly Falconbridge Ltd.) for the past thirty-five years. I married in 1972 to Laura Paananen (who was born and raised here) and have three lovely daughters Tammy, Donna and Anna. They have blessed us with four precious granddaughters; Lynezza, Cassidy, Carissa and Riley.
Twenty-seven years ago I joined the Porcupine Kinsmen with hopes of finding ways to better the community for recreational opportunities for our youth at little to no expense. Over the years the club has developed the White water conservation area and hosted events to many to itemize. With various groups trying to get the most of winter activities I helped (Bill Boyd of the Moose Hall) to organize the entire community in forming the South Porcupine – Porcupine Winter Carnival (now known as East End Winter Fest under the direction of the East End Community Pride Committee). I also assisted with this group’s formation many years ago to help promote South Porcupine (one Major Event Summer fest).
While all this was rewarding, many changes I wanted to attempt could not be done through community non-profit groups. With the probing of residents and groups who shared my thoughts, I came to the realization Politics was the course of action. Success was achieved in 1991 and has followed to date thanks to the citizens of Ward 2.
Through the years I have sat on many City Boards; (Public works, Community Development, Golden Manor, M.R.C.A.) to name a few. Presently, I sit on the Library, Museum and The Shania Twain – Gold Mine Tour boards. I also have the privilege to sit on the Ontario Good Roads Board of Directors for the past three years. This is a Provincial Board of fourteen directors elected in by municipal representatives across Ontario. I am also a Legion branch 287 member.
Over the years I strive for improving this great city. While roads, water and sewer are basic to the job, Ward 2 has succeeded to build the North’s first Skate park and improved the City’s (best kept secret as one citizen calls it) White Water Front Conservation area with our latest addition of a Water park. This is all thanks to a team effort of youth, service groups, businesses and the City.
“No man is an island unto themselves”; Success is a team effort. I am thankful to the residents for their faith and support and will continue to do my best on their behalf.
I can be contacted by phone or email at John.Curley@timmins.ca