I’m a former commercial real estate professional with over 25 years of experience. I retired from my career as president of Lombard Place Ltd., a subsidiary of James Richardson and Sons Ltd., with interests in Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Wealth Management and Real Estate.
My husband Harry and I chose to call Oak Bay home in 2009, when we moved from Winnipeg. I wanted to be involved in vibrant community life. Having considered several communities throughout Canada, we chose Oak Bay. We spent time exploring BC, starting out with a UVic art history tour led by Kerry Mason. This was my introduction to the amazing indigenous West Coast art and culture.
I also enjoy gardening, and have been working with Kristen Miskelly of “Saanich Native Species”, to slowly convert our yard to a Garry Oak meadow. It’s quite a change from prairie gardening.
Another long term passion of mine is sewing. I’m an avid reader of mystery novels, and enjoy listening to “Canada Reads” on CBC talk radio.
When I read our Official Community Plan (OCP) in 2014, I came to realize that the state of the district finances and the condition of our infrastructure were very concerning. From there on I began attending budget and council meetings, and have often offered comments and suggestions for improvement. My main concern as an experienced Asset Manager was to gain information on the health of our reserve funds. We retire from our jobs but not from our experience. Even though I said I would not do asset management any longer, I realized that Oak Bay needed another voice to ensure financial stability for the community. As almost all municipal affairs come with a budget, I felt my experience and knowledge in this area could contribute to the development of sound and viable fiscal policies and budgeting practices.