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 2018 - 2022

Clockwise from top left: Councillor Meagan Brame, Councillor Jacob Helliwell, Councillor Tim Morrison, Councillor Jane Vermeulen, Councillor Ken Armour, Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Councillor Lynda Hundleby 

Barbara  Desjardins - Mayor

Bio
Barb Desjardins

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 She has been Mayor of the Township of Esquimalt since 2008 and has been recognized for advocacy of issues—both large and small—for her  community. Elected to Chair of CRD in 2015-2017, Barb championed governance review at CRD, Integrated Waste management, and lead the board to finalize the Core sewage project and secure $17 million in amenity funding for Esquimalt. 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
  • CRD Board/Hospital Board
  • Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board (Co-Chair)
  • CRD Regional Housing Corporation Board
  • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (Alternate)
  • South Island Prosperity Project
  • Te'mexw Treaty Advisory Committee (Alternate)
Internal Appointments
  • Department of National Defence Liaison
  • Emergency Executive Committee
  • Local Grant Committee
  • School Liaison (Alternate)
  • Esquimalt High School Sport Field Working Group (Alternate #2)

Ken Armour - Councillor

Bio
Ken Armour

Ken, who currently works at the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has 25 years experience in successfully developing and implementing economic and social policies and programs at the management level in the BC and federal governments.  His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Public Administration. His past experience includes being the Chair of the Esquimalt Advisory Planning Commission, Vice President of the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Township Community Arts Council and President of the Victoria chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.  Ken enjoys reading, running, cycling, hiking and travelling. He lives with his wife and his cat in the Rockheights area of Esquimalt.  Ken’s goals for the upcoming term are to 1) grow Esquimalt’s business community, 2) adopt a more collaborative approach to development proposals in Esquimalt, and 3) position Esquimalt as the arts capital of Vancouver Island.

Appointments
  • Capital Regional Arts Commission (Alternate)
  • South Island Prosperity Project
  • Te'mexw Treaty Advisory Committee
Internal Appointments
  • Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Esquimalt Ribfest Liaison
  • Local Grants Committee
  • Township Community Arts Council

Meagan Brame - Councillor

Bio
Meagan Brame

Meagan Brame is a wife and mother to two great young men and has had a business in Esquimalt for over 25 years. Meagan has been on Council since 2008. 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. She is involved not just because she is a councillor but because she believes in Esquimalt. Meagan participates and works hard in everything she does and truly follows the Esquimalt motto of “live work and play in Esquimalt.” Over the years Meagan has served on the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Planning Commission, CRD Arts Commission, Buccaneer Days, Celebration of Lights, School Liaison and the Environment Committee. Meagan believes in open dialogue and communication and looks forward to working for her community.

Appointments
  • Capital Regional District Board / Hospital Board (Alternate)
  • Capital Regional District Arts Comission (Alternate)
  • Capital Regional Housing Corporation Board (Alternate)
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (Alternate)
Internal Appointments
  • Advisory Planning Comission (APC) Liaison
  • APC Design Review Committee (DRC) Liaison
  • Buccaneer Days Liaison
  • School Liaison
  • Esquimalt High School Sport Field Working Group

Jacob Helliwell - Councillor

Bio
Jacob Helliwell

Jacob Helliwell has a long family history in Esquimalt and currently lives on Foster Street with his wife, Maria, and their cat, Luna. He has built his career in public sector financial management and currently works for the BC Public Service in financial planning and analysis. He holds an accounting designation (CPA, CMA) and will soon complete his Master of Public Administration degree. Jacob is an active volunteer and a strong supporter of community groups. He has volunteered extensively with Rotary International, the University of Victoria, the Association of Professional Economists of BC, the Township, and many local organizations. Jacob is looking forward to engaging with the community and is excited and honoured to be a part of the decision-making team for Esquimalt.

Appointments
  • Capital Regional Climate Action Inter-Municipal Task Force
  • Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (Alternate)
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
  • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia
Internal Appointments
  • Advisory Planning Commission (APC) Liaison
  • APC Design Review Committee (DRC) Liaison

Lynda Hundleby - Councillor

Bio
Lynda Hundleby

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

Appointments
  • Capital Regional Housing Trust Fund Commission
  • Capital Regional Water Supply Commission (Alternate)
  • Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association
  • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (Alternate #1)
Internal Appointments
  • Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Esquimalt Farmers Market Liaison

Tim Morrison - Councillor

Bio
Tim Morrison

Currently in his third term as a Councillor, Tim Morrison has extensive governance experience serving on a variety of local and regional committees, boards and commissions on behalf of Esquimalt. A seasoned communications professional, Tim currently works in a senior communications role at the BC Assessment Authority, responsible for coordinating communications for over two million properties with a combined value of about $2 trillion.  He has also worked, volunteered and travelled throughout the world. Having visited over 80 countries on six continents, Tim has experienced a vast array of communities and a diversity of cultures.  He has been a school trustee, teacher, journalist, adventure tour guide and travel writer. Tim is a registered member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he studied political science, communications and geography. 

Appointments
  • CRD Regional Water Supply Commission
  • CRD Emergency Services Telecommunications (C.R.E.S.T.)
Internal Appointments
  • Esquimalt Together Against Graffiti (ETAG)
  • Local Grants Committee
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
  • Esquimalt High School Sport Field Working Group (Alternate #1)

Jane Vermeulen - Councillor

Bio
Jane Vermeulen

Jane Vermeulen has been a resident of Esquimalt for over ten years. She is a mother of two young children, spouse of an active military member, veterinarian, and advocate for homeless and low-income pet owners. Dr. Vermeulen is the founder of Vets for Pets Victoria which offers free monthly pet-care at Our Place Society. She was also the coordinator of Women's Campaign School for two years, a coordinator for the Tall Ships Festival and participant in several community events. She is excited to serve the residents of Esquimalt and to grow Esquimalt while still maintaining that "small-town" feel that has kept long term residents living here!

Appointments
  • Greater Victoria Public Library Board
  • Victoria/Esquimalt Harbour Society
Internal Appointments
  • Celebration of Lights Liaison
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee