Monthly Archives: December 2013


WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR AS WE WELCOME 2014.  ALL THE BEST FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. Have a safe New Year’s Eve and if you are going to be driving, please designate a driver to get you safely to and from your destination.  Or take a cab, or arrange for one of the local driving services who will meet you and drive you and your vehicle home.


It has been a year of transition for me and an illustration of remarkable resilience for Oak Bay.  Adapting to change is an important skill that I acquired many years ago and believe me, it has served me well, particularly this year.  I have also continued to learn about my community and its ability to engage. And engagement starts with our many volunteers, of whom I cannot say enough, such dedicated individuals who serve this community with tireless energy and…

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Survey Results Indicate Community’s Desire for Change

Initial findings from the Official Community Plan Renewal community survey questionnaire were released by consultant Catherine Berris, during two presentations (one to the OCP Advisory Committee (OPAC) at 5:00 and one to the December 16th Council Meeting later that evening). Highlights include: A participation rate of nearly 33% of Oak Bay households, described as “precedent-setting” by the consultant, in her 30 years’ of experience conducting this type of survey. 2,650 residents responded. Four areas were identified for survey purposes:  South,…

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Our Loss is Nanaimo’s Gain — Oak Bay’s Chief Constable Accepts New Post

Oak Bay’s popular Chief Constable Mark Fisher is leaving Oak Bay to accept the position of Detachment Commander of the Nanaimo RCMP, the largest detachment on Vancouver Island.  Mark has been a real leader in setting high standards for community policing in Oak Bay and has a wealth of experience and leadership in modern policing practices.  Mark has served communities all over BC and left the West Shore RCMP Detachment in 2011 to join Oak Bay.  I wish Mark all…

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Exciting New Television Series Shooting in Oak Bay

As Oak Bay’s regional arts Council Liaison, I was pleased to attend a meeting at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, to announce that Oak Bay will be a primary film location for a new American television series titled Grace Point.  The series is modeled after the very popular British series, Broadchurch. Hosted by Victoria’s Film Commission and moderated by Commissioner Kathleen Gilbert, community leaders from Oak Bay Tourism, local businesses, the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and Council members, among others,…

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Annual Christmas Dinner Brings a Crowd

I was pleased to help serve Christmas Dinner again this year at Monterey Centre’s annual  Christmas event.  Hosted by Oak Bay Recreation to recognize members and volunteers who help to make the Centre a hub of activity in Oak Bay, the dinner is always popular and well attended.  Monterey Centre draws participants from all over Greater Victoria and is acknowledged as having some of the best community programming in the region.  Thanks to staff, volunteers and members for their ongoing…

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Floor Area Ratio Committee Hosts Open Houses Today

The Floor Area Ratio Committee will be hosting two open houses today in Council Chambers.  The Committee has been working together to address massing of buildings related to lot size.  These open houses provide an opportunity for you to participate in a discussion about how Oak Bay should address this important land use issue.  For details, please consult the municipal website.

My December Calendar

The following are a series of Christmas and holiday seasonal events that I am attending on behalf of Oak Bay Council.  This is a busy time of year for everyone but the goodwill, generosity and spirit of celebrating the holidays touch many of us.  What I love to see, beyond Oak Bay Village’s lights and decorations, are the wonderful lights that brighten homes and neighbourhoods all over Oak Bay. This is also a season for giving to one’s favourite charity. …

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