Monthly Archives: November 2013


Hoping that you will join other Oak Bay residents at the Oak Bay Cenotaph, at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, November 11th, to remember those who gave (and still give) so much during wartime.  As Winston Churchill said in a speech following the Battle of Britain during World War II: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Oak Bay’s New Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Helen Koning Arrives

I joined staff and Council members to give a warm welcome our new CAO Helen Koning, seen here with the Mayor and myself.  Ms. Koning made a few opening remarks, stating that it is “a privilege and an honour” to join Oak Bay.  Ms. Koning began her career on Vancouver Island, in Port Alberni, and says that she is glad to be back on the Island after many years away working in other communities throughout BC.

Oak Bay’s New Chief Administrative Officer Starts on November 4th

I will be part of a small welcoming celebration on Monday morning, November 4th, when Ms. Helen Koning joins Oak Bay as our new permanent CAO.  I am very pleased to welcome Helen, given that I was part of a hiring sub-committee that spent many hours considering applications and candidates. Helen brings a strong set of community development and local government skills to the CAO’s role and I believe she also brings a refreshing and new approach to municipal administration…

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