Ione Christensen

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The Honourable
Ione Christensen
Commissioner of the Yukon
In office
January 20, 1979 – December 31, 1979[1]
Preceded by Frank Fingland
Succeeded by Douglas Bell
Senator for Yukon
In office
September 2, 1999 – December 31, 2006[1]
Nominated by Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Paul Lucier
Succeeded by Daniel Lang
Mayor of Whitehorse, Yukon
In office
Preceded by Paul Lucier
Succeeded by Don Branigan
Personal details
Born (1933-10-10) October 10, 1933 (age 81)
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Residence Whitehorse, Yukon

Ione Jean Christensen, CM (born October 10, 1933) is a former Canadian Senator.[1]

The daughter of former North-West Mounted Police constable Gordon Irwin Cameron, and Dawson City born Martha Ballentine Cameron, her family moved to Whitehorse in 1949. Christensen graduated from high school in 1953. She received an Associate in Arts Degree in Business Administration from the College of San Mateo in California. In 1971, she was appointed the first woman Justice of the Peace and Judge of the Juvenile Court in Yukon. In 1975, she was elected the first woman Mayor of Whitehorse. In 1979, she served as the Commissioner of the Yukon, being the first woman to be appointed as Commissioner of the Yukon.

In 1980, she ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate, in the federal election for the riding of Yukon. She lost by 101 votes to Erik Nielsen.

In 1994, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Her father was also a member. In 1999, Christensen was appointed at the recommendation of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to the Senate.

In 1968, Christensen married Art Christensen, a geologist. They have two sons, Paul and Philip.

On December 31, 2006, Christensen resigned from the Senate to assist her ailing husband.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ione Christensen – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Christensen retires, Qonfusion, December 15, 2006. Retrieved on March 3, 2007.