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Mayor & Council

Councillor Profiles

Esquimalt is led by a Municipal Council, which includes a Mayor and six Councillors, who are elected to their positions for four-year terms. Mayor and Council create bylaws and policies, approve the municipal budget, and serve on various committees within the municipality and region.

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Esquimalt Mayor and Council 2014 - 2018

 
Clockwise from top left: Councillor Olga Liberchuk, Councillor Tim Morrison, Councillor Susan Low, Councillor Beth Burton-Krahn, Councillor Meagan Brame, Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Councillor Lynda Hundleby 


Barbara Desjardins - Mayor


Bio

In addition to being the Mayor of Esquimalt, Barbara Desjardins is also a physiotherapist. The mother of two grown children, Barb is a strong advocate for active and healthy living. Barb was elected to Esquimalt Council in 2005 and was recognized for advocacy of issues -- both large and small -- within the community. She successfully ran for Mayor in 2008 and was acclaimed again in 2011. In her career as a public servant, Barb is guided by a couple of rules: 1) pay personal attention to issues and 2) be a visible and active participant in your community. 


Appointments

  • Capital Regional District
  • Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association
  • Local Government Treaty Committee (Te’Mexw Treaty Advisory Committee)
  • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia
  • Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee

Internal Appointments

  • Department of National Defence Liaison


Meagan Brame - Councillor


Bio

Meagan Brame is a wife and mother of two great young men. She has had a business in Esqumalt for over 20 years and is starting her third term on Council. Meagan has always been known as a strong supporter for children, youth and families in our community and is actively involved in many community events and committees. Meagan participates and works hard for her community in everything she does and truly follows the Esquimalt motto of “live work and play in Esquimalt.” Meagan has served on the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Planning Commission, CRD Arts, Celebration of Lights and the Environment Committee. Meagan believes in open dialogue and communication and looks forward to working with the community.

Appointments

  • Capital Regional District Arts Committee
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (Member Representative)

Internal Appointments

  • Celebration of Lights Committee 
  • Environmental Advisory Committee
  • School Liaison


Beth Burton-Krahn - Councillor


Bio

Beth and her husband, Noel, have lived in Esquimalt for 24 years. She has been actively involved in the community and is thrilled to have been elected to Council. Beth is a therapist by training and currently works on the Palliative Response Team at Victoria Hospice. She is the mother to Jack, 18 and Luke, 15, who keep her busy with their involvement in sports and music. Beth is looking forward to the four-year term with this dynamic Council and is excited and honoured to be a part of the decision-making team as Esquimalt moves forward on major initiatives such as the Esquimalt Village Project and sewage treatment.

Appointments

  • Greater Victoria Public Library Board
  • Capital Regional Water Supply Commission 
  • Westside Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Select Committee (Alternate)

    Internal Appointments

    • Buccaneer Days Committee 
    • Environmental Advisory Committee  
    • Local Grant Committee   
    • School Liaison (Alternate)          


    Lynda Hundleby - Councillor


    Bio

    Lynda Hundleby, a resident of Esquimalt for many years, is married, has two adult children, and a grandson. Lynda retired from a career in pharmacy, covering retail, hospital, and government management. Prior to her Council terms, she had been actively involved in the community including Parent Advisory Councils (local and district) as well as the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Commission. In twelve years of service to the community in her role as Councillor, she has served on most internal and external committees including the Regional Water Supply Commission, the Greater Victoria Public Library Board, the Provincial Capital Commission, and as an Alternate Director at the CRD. Lynda has demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the community through her participation, respect for all people, and her willingness to listen. 

    Appointments

    • Capital Regional District (Alternate)
    • Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (Alternate Representative)
    • Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association
    • Local Government Treaty Committee (Te’Mexw Treaty Advisory Committee) (Alternate)

    Internal Appointments

    • Esquimalt Together Against Graffiti (ETAG)
    • Heritage Advisory Committee
    • Local Grant Committee


    Olga Liberchuk - Councillor


    Bio

    Olga is a social justice advocate and an active member of the community. She is the co-founding president of Esquimalt Community Gardens Society and she was a board member of the Esquimalt Environmental Advisory Committee, Esquimalt Residents Association, and the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society before she became a councillor. Olga’s goals for the next term include: increase quality commercial spaces for businesses to move into Esquimalt, build a walkable community that benefits the local economy, and support community groups that enhance Esquimalt through arts and culture. Olga currently works as a constituency assistant at the Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca office where she assists residents with matters related to federal government programs. She settled in Esquimalt in 2007 and lives with her husband in the Viewfield neighbourhood. 

    Appointments

    • Capital Regional District Arts Committee (Alternate)
    • Capital Regional Emergency Services Telecommunication (C.R.E.S.T.) (Alternate)

    Internal Appointments

    • Heritage Advisory Committee
    • Local Grant Committee
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee


    Susan Low - Councillor


    Bio

    Susan has lived in Esquimalt with her husband and son since 2009. She currently works as a Community Developer in the non-profit sector in Greater Victoria, focusing on initiatives to improve the financial security and well-being of people living in poverty. Susan was self-employed as the founder/CEO of Directis Consulting Group Ltd. from 2003-2013. As a business consultant, she worked with small businesses, non-profit organizations and government ministries to facilitate strategic planning, marketing and business development. Susan was born and raised in Victoria, and also lived in Calgary and Vancouver before returning home in 2008. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Calgary. In her free time she enjoys volunteering, sewing and rowing.

    Appointments

    • Capital Region Housing Trust Fund Committee
    • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (Alternate)
    • Victoria/Esquimalt Harbour Society

    Internal Appointments

    • Advisory Planning Commission Liaison


    Tim Morrison - Councillor


    Bio

    Tim Morrison graduated from Simon Fraser University in political science, communications and geography. He also possesses a Certificate in Urban Studies and a teaching certificate. Tim is a government communications professional and has also worked as a teacher, school trustee, travel writer and international tour guide with experience in nearly 80 countries on six continents. Tim’s prior community involvement has included serving as Co-Chair of the Esquimalt Residents Association, founding editor of the Esquimalt Review, a Director of the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Victoria & Esquimalt Harbour Society, an Esquimalt Block Watch Captain and a volunteer fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Victoria. Currently serving his second term as a Councillor, Tim’s governance experience has included the Parks & Recreation Committee, Advisory Planning Commission, Environmental Advisory Committee, Local Grants Committee, Buccaneer Days Committee and the CRD Housing Trust Fund Commission. 

    Appointments

    • Capital Regional Water Supply Commission
    • Capital Regional Emergency Services Telecommunications (C.R.E.S.T.) 

    Internal Appointments

    • Advisory Planning Commission Liaison
    • Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee