It is hard to believe but come September 2015 I and my family will have been here in Oaklands for 17 years having moved from the West Kootenays! And what an experience it has been to live in such a vibrant community with so many advantages. Not only do my wife and I live here in the City of Victoria but our adult son and daughter do as well. Our son, wife and 10 month old grandson live on Scott St. and our daughter, husband and two sons live just off the edge of Oaklands on Vista Heights. Their eldest son attends Oaklands Elementary School. My wife and I feel very blessed to live in such close proximity to our daughter and son's families and especially our 3 grandsons. We also moved my wife's mother here 4.5 years ago and she is a resident of Kiwanis Pavilion, an awesome residential care facility.
I work for the Ministry of Children & Family Development and have now worked for the Provincial Government since 1985 starting out in the West Kootenay area. Since moving to Victoria my wife has worked for a variety of not for profit organizations all of whom have provided support services in the human services field most recently in the area of supports and services to the frail and elderly.
We left Victoria to work in England for a total of 3.5 years in early 2003 but had to return for ageing parent care related concerns. When we first came back we did consider buying somewhere else in the Capital Region but when we considered all of the benefits to being in Victoria and Oaklands in particular, we abandoned the idea. To have such easy access to shopping, medical offices, RJH Hospital, entertainment, green spaces and parks / playgrounds is clearly a huge benefit. We see ourselves ageing in place within this community.
My wife and I have been involved on the periphery of the Association for a number of years through a variety of issues and concerns. Bridey and I were also active participants in the United Way Community Tables project. I had been attending AGM's regularly with the exception of the time we were abroad. It seemed to me it was time to move off the edge of involvement and become actively involved in the heart of the Association and so stood for election as a member of the Board of Directors at the AGM this spring. I will now invest time and energy in the work of building the Associations connections with the whole of Oaklands as someone who lives on the north side of Hillside Ave. I do hope that I can make a contribution to the betterment of programs and supports and services provided by the Oaklands Community Association to the community as a whole. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or concerns that you would like me to bring forward to the Board. I can only truly represent the views of those who reside in Oaklands if you make your voice heard. It is my job to represent you and not my own agenda!