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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 three-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 2011 - 2014

 
Clockwise from top left: Councillor Bob McKie, Councillor Tim Morrison, Councillor Dave Hodgins, Councillor David Schinbein, 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 Board / Hospital Board
  • Capital Regional District Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee
  • Capital Regional District Environmental Services
  • Capital Regional District Finance and Corporate Services Committee
  • Capital Regional District Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee
  • Capital Regional District Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Capital Regional District Transportation Select Committee 
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority 
  • Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association
  • Local Government Treaty Committee (Te'Mexw Treaty Advisory Committee)
  • Victoria Police Board
  • Victoria Regional Transit Commission

Internal Appointments

  • Department of National Defence Liaison


Meagan Brame - Councillor


Bio

Meagan Brame is a wife and mother of two great boys. She is a local business owner and is starting her second term on Council. Meagan has always been a strong supporter for children, youth and families in our community and is actively involved in many community events and committees. Meagan feels she is a worker; she 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, Arts, Culture and Special Events Advisory Committee and ETAG (Esquimalt together Against Graffiti).

Appointments

  • Capital Regional District Arts Committee
  • School Liaison

Internal Appointments

  • Advisory Planning Commission Liaison 
  • Esquimalt Together Against Graffiti (ETAG) 


Dave Hodgins - Councillor


Bio

Dave Hodgins has extensive senior experience working for municipal and provincial governments in fire, rescue and disaster/emergency management services. He has served as an Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Fire Commissioner in BC; Managing Director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency; and as a Fire Chief in Alberta and Ontario. Dave is an author on leadership topics and a certified professional manager with the Canadian Institute of Management. He is the past president of Fire Prevention Canada and is the national Vice-Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. Locally, his community service has included the Esquimalt Residents Association (ERA), Centennial Celebrations, ETAG (Esquimalt Together Against Graffiti), and the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights Committee. Dave and his wife Catherine are avid kayakers and cyclists and enjoy picnicking in the many fantastic parks of Esquimalt.

Appointments

  • Capital Region Housing Trust Fund Commission
  • Capital Regional Water Supply Commission 

    Internal Appointments

    • Buccaneer Days Committee 
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee               


    Lynda Hundleby - Councillor


    Bio

    Lynda Hundleby has been a resident of Esquimalt for 35-plus years. She is married and has two adult children. Lynda retired from a career in pharmacy, covering retail, hospital and government management. She has been actively involved in the community in Parent Advisory Councils, including the presidency of the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils of School District 61. She has sat for nine years with the Parks and Recreation Commission (three years as Chair), and a multitude of other Council-related and non-Council-related committees and functions. Previous external committees of note include the Regional Water Supply Commission, the Greater Victoria Public Library Board and the Provincial Capital Commission. She is in her fourth term on Esquimalt Council.

    Appointments

    • Capital Regional District Board / Hospital Board (Alternate)
    • Capital Regional District Environmental Services (Alternate)
    • Capital Regional District Finance and Corporate Services Committee (Alternate)
    • Capital Regional District Inter-Municipal Climate Action Steering Committee
    • Capital Regional District Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee (Alternate)
    • Capital Regional District Solid Waste Advisory Committee (Alternate)
    • Greater Victoria Public Library Board
    • Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce
    • Local Government Treaty Committee (Te'Mexw Treaty Advisory Committee) (Alternate)

    Internal Appointments

    • Heritage Advisory Committee
    • Local Grants Committee


    Robert McKie - Councillor


    Bio

    Bob McKie has been a resident of Esquimalt since 1966 and married to his wife Sharon Hill since 1971. They have two children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Bob has coached and been on the executive of most sports organizations in Esquimalt and belonged to First Arbutus Scouts as a leader and on the executive. He has been a long-time member of the Esquimalt Lions Club and is on the executive of the Highland Games. Bob has also been a member of the Access Awareness Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Co - Chair of the Buccaneer Days Committee, and a member of the Centennial Celebrations Select Committee.

    Appointments

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

    Internal Appointments

    • Celebration of Lights Committee
    • Local Grants Committee
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee


    Tim Morrison - Councillor


    Bio

    Tim Morrison, a graduate of Simon Fraser University, studied political science, communications, and geography and has a Certificate in Urban Studies and a teaching certificate. Tim is a communications professional who has done extensive provincial government communications on a variety of policies and projects with a specialty in regional community relations. From 2003 to 2006, Tim worked as a travel writer and adventure tour guide. To date, he has visited, worked, and volunteered in nearly 80 countries on six continents. Tim previously worked as a college instructor, teacher, and school trustee. Tim’s prior community involvement has included serving as Co-Chair of the Esquimalt Residents Association, founding editor of EsquimaltReview.com, a member of the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, an Esquimalt Block Watch Captain and a volunteer fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Victoria.

    Appointments

    • Capital Regional Emergency Services Telecommunications (C.R.E.S.T.) (Alternate)
    • Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (Alternate)
    • Victoria / Esquimalt Harbour Society

    Internal Appointments

    • Advisory Planning Commission Liaison
    • Environmental Advisory Committee
    • Local Grants Committee


    David Schinbein - Councillor


    Bio

    David Schinbein was born in Hanover, Ontario and is a graduate of Fanshawe College, London; and Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario. He served in the Canadian Forces Medical Service (Reserve). His previous employment background includes Air & Land Ambulance Paramedic, Insurance and Financial Advisor, and Youth Care Worker.  He is currently working as a security professional for the Commissionaires. David’s municipal experience includes municipal appointee, Walkerton Hospital Board, for the Village of Mildmay; Councillor for the Town of Hanover; and County Councillor for the County of Grey, all in Ontario. His community involvement includes being a member of the Branch Executive Committee, St. John Ambulance of Greater Victoria.

    Appointments

    • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (Member Representative)
    • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia

    Internal Appointments

    • Environmental Advisory Committee
    • Heritage Advisory Committee