I have had the pleasure of living in Oak Bay for almost 30 years. My journey here has been an interesting one.
I was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England in 1959 and immigrated to Calgary in 1966 with my parents and 6 siblings (last year I found out I had a seventh sibling which is a whole other story!). While in Calgary, I earned a Diploma in Geophysics from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, met my future husband Rod while studying at the University of Calgary, and worked in the “oil patch” as a junior geophysicist.
Rod and I were married in 1985 and in 1987 I took a one-year Mathematics Instructor position teaching undergraduates at the University of Lae, in Papua New Guinea (Rod taught computer science and accounting). After some additional time travelling in South East Asia we came to Victoria in 1988 and fell in love with the quality of life here. I took a position as a Senior Learning Specialist at Coast Capital Savings for 20 years and two years ago I joined United Way Greater Victoria as the Director, Community Campaign. Rod is currently COO at Victoria Hospice.
We have a daughter Lauren, who is 28 and attended Willows Elementary and Oak Bay High School. She then went to the University of Waterloo where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, a Master's of Accountancy, and a Chartered Accountant designation. Lauren currently lives in California and comes back to Victoria every chance she gets.
Oak Bay Council - 2008 to 2011, 2014 - present
I feel honoured to have served as an Oak Bay Councillor for three terms - from 2005 to 2011 and 2014 - 2018. In 2011 I ran for Mayor in what was one of the closest contests in the CRD. I was re-elected to council in 2014 and I am seen as a sound decision maker, a hard worker and a good listener – all attributes I will bring to the table again if re-elected.
DUTIES AND APPOINTMENTS WHILE ON OAK BAY COUNCIL:
Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission Liaison
Oak Bay Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
Oak Bay Receptions
Oak Bay Tourism Committee Liaison - Alternate
Business Liaison – Alternate
Capital Regional District Inter-Municipal Climate Action Steering Committee
YES (Young Exceptional Star) Awards Liaison
Community Initiatives Committee
Receptions and Public Information
Oak Bay Child & Youth Committee
Oak Bay High School Re-Development Committee
Finance, Regulatory, Community Service & Personnel Policy Section
Provincial Court - Family Court Committee
Director, AVICC (Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities)
Vice-Chair, Kiwanis Pavilion
Director, Oak Bay Tea Party Society
Kiwanis Tea Room
Sovereign Order of St. John, Victoria Commandery
Oak Bay High School Fundraising Committee
Monopoly Affair (BC Cancer Society)
Oak Bay Community Initiatives Committee
Chair, Leaders Committee, Greater Victoria United Way
Secretary, Oak Bay Tourism
Director, BC Soccer Board (2008-2010)
President, Bays United Soccer (2003 – 2008, on board from 2000)
Vice-Chair Victoria Highlanders Supporters Board
Vice-Chair, Simunye Canada Board (supporting youth soccer in Zimbabwe)
President, Willows Elementary School PAC
Leadership Presenter, Section Chair, Employee Campaign Chair, United Way
BC Paraplegic Association (Monopoly Madness)
FIFA Women’s World Championships, U21 Women’s Gold Cup, Men’s U17 Gold Cup
Canadian Cancer Society
BC Children’s Hospital
Coast Capital Savings Foundation Director and Education Awards Committee