Esther Paterson running for Oak Bay Council

Why I want to be an Oak Bay Councillor

I’m running for Oak Bay Council, and I’m happy and honoured that I am.  The election is just around the corner. Campaigning has been busy, yet a valuable opportunity to chat with residents throughout the District about current issues and learn about new ones, some of which quite pressing.

I love Oak Bay; I feel I have a lot to offer our community. I’m running out of a sense of duty to myself, my neighbours and our municipality. For the last four years, I’ve been an active participant in municipal matters, involved with municipal committees, have attended almost every Committee of the Whole and Council meeting.

My active involvement in municipal matters has given me real insights into both what we’re currently doing, and what needs to be done. I’m ‘up to speed’ on what’s happening at all levels of our community. While my expertise is in financial matters, during my professional life, my main work was to bring people, communities, experts and finances together to plan for positive results. This is the area where my involvement in community matters will have the greatest impact.

Since the Official Community Plan (OCP) was adopted almost five years ago, we’ve been inundated with articles and meetings on infrastructure, residential infill, affordability. In my previous role as President, Richardson Realty, in Winnipeg, and Past President, Building Owners and Managers’ Association of Canada, I learned these issues are interrelated.

Now I’m ‘actively retired’, I’m one of the voices pressing Council to provide greater transparency and establish policies to guide development, while ensuring financial sustainability.

Like a lot of people, what happens on my street, in my neighbourhood, in my village, in my community, is very important to me. I’m a planner, I know what affects our world, both with, and without, a plan.

Over the next decade, my estimate indicates the District has to raise M$253! … for infrastructure and municipal buildings. And to answer your question, YES, this makes the need for good governance policies more important than ever!

In Oak Bay, we have thoughts about plans for infrastructure, housing needs, our urban forest and other issues that affect us all. In my professional life, I saw the results of proactive, thoughtful, smart planning. I’ve seen fiascos because of lack of foresight, lack of risk management, lack of consideration for the contingencies and costs that result in successful outcomes, or not.

Consultation and planning are my strengths. Currently, Oak Bay looks at most issues in the singular; they’re parsed out in the strategic priorities list, with arduous timelines. Tackling municipal matters this way doesn’t acknowledge every aspect of our municipality is interconnected and needs to be considered in relation to all of Oak Bay. You can’t look at housing, secondary suites, infill, etc. without also considering infrastructure, roads, traffic, parking, green spaces, services. To consider one aspect without looking at all the others, is simply a disservice to residents.

I’m running for Council because I believe I can make a positive and lasting impact on our community. I like working with people, I like seeing good things happen. I enjoy the challenge of guiding successful efforts. People tell me I’m good at it. I want to continue this work in Oak Bay.

I’m committed to:

√   Fiscal responsibility and sustainability for Oak Bay

√   Transparency in municipal processes and decision making

√   Genuine community involvement and consultation

√   A plan for infrastructure replacement

√   Proactive, thoughtful management of change

√   Protecting our urban forest and the natural environment

October 20th, please vote for me

Election dates


October 20, 2018,  08:00 – 20:00 hrs


*  Emmanuel Baptist Church. 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road.

*  Monterey Recreation Centre. 1442 Monterey Avenue.

*  Monterey Middle School. 851 Monterey Avenue.


October 10, 2018,  08:00 – 20:00 hrs

Location:  Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue

October 17, 2018,  08:00 – 20:00 hrs

Location:  Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue

October 17, 2018,  08:00 – 18:00 hrs

Location:  UVic Student Union Building, Michele Pujol Room

Donations Gratefully Accepted. Donor’s name and address information is required for the candidate’s supporting campaign records – only donations cumulatively over $99 will have their name and donation amount disclosed on the Election BC website.
Donations can be made online by credit or debit card using the “Donate” button or cheques can be made payable to either “Esther Paterson Campaign” or “Esther Paterson”, with “Esther4OakBay” in the memo field.
Please mail or deliver cheques to: 2280 Woodlawn Crescent, Victoria, BC V8R 1P2

Authorized by Roger Brown, Financial Agent  –

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