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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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” … Read more

Consultant Catherine Berris will present to Council the results of the OCP Survey Questionnaire at our Council meeting on December 16th.  Please join us to hear the results and learn more about our community; the results might surprise you.  Hoping to see you there!

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more