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.
After serving three years on Esquimalt Municipal Council, Barb Desjardins was first elected Mayor of Esquimalt in November of 2008. She was re-elected as Mayor in 2011, 2014 and 2018, Esquimalt’s longest consecutive serving Mayor. She was the Capital Regional District [CRD] Board Chair, elected in both 2016 and 2017.
Throughout her elected career, she has long been known for her accessibility, collaborative approach, and personal attention to the issues raised by her constituents.
Mayor Desjardins has a background as a physiotherapist. Over the years, she has been the owner of four physiotherapy clinics within the region.
In her family and professional life, Barb is a strong advocate for active and healthy living.
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 3) Be a strong advocate for the Esquimalt community.