Name: Judy Brownoff.
Describe your relevant background:
- Private sector – Owned and operated two businesses in Saanich for twenty years and currently operating one; Past member Victoria Chamber of Commerce and various Business Leads Organizations, like Sales and Marketing Executives, in this region.
- Non-Profit sector – Past President of Strawberryvale Community Association and past board member Smart Growth BC; Currently President and Chair BC Healthy Communities Society; Board Member Centre of Aging, UVIC;
- Canadian involvement – Currently Co-Chair Pan Canadian Age-Friendly Communities Reference Group with Public Health Agency of Canada
- Provincial sector – Past Chairperson Greater Victoria Transit Commission; Board Member BC Transit Provincial Board; and Commissioner Provincial Capital Commission.
- Municipal Government – Past Community Leader for the WHO Age Friendly Cities Project; and chairperson of many other Saanich Advisory Ctes; Currently Co-Chair Administrative Traffic Committee; Council Liaison to Saanich Engineering; Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, UVIC and School Districts.
- Regional Government – Past Chairperson Capital Regional District Board; I have been CRD Director on a number of regional committees including Environment, Roundtable on Environment, Community Energy Plan, Parks, Regional Planning, Finance, Planning, Transportation & Protective Services.
- I am currently a CRD Director on CRD Board, Hospital Board and Core Area, Environmental Sustainability, Transportation Select and Governance committees.
How would you be a beneficial voice on Saanich council?
I am an experienced – approachable politician always thinking outside the box and better ways to engage residents. It’s important for me to hear all sides, ideas, and be open to change, but ensuring future generations will inherit a better place.
I follow new and emerging issues, like impacts with changing weather patterns and how to secure our infrastructure, assist our residents and businesses to be resilient in times of change. I was instrumental in getting our Climate Change Adaptation Plan started as a result of a speech from the Insurance Bureau of Canada around impacts from climate change.
With our population aging we need to ensure our seniors stay connected. It is the main reason I got involved with the WHO Age Friendly Cities Project and today continue to work with my colleagues across Canada on new and emerging initiatives.
Having owned and operated two businesses, I know the importance of not micro managing day to day operations, but always discussing and communicating with staff, and looking for best management practices to reach better outcomes. Whether managing the financial plan or creating a strategic plan that has a long term vision with defined outcomes, it’s about being transparent and open.
What is your campaign slogan or guiding principle?
My guiding principle is to connect our neighborhoods, look for opportunities to grow our economy, restore and enhance our environment – create a truly “healthy community” where all citizens, no matter where they are in life, can thrive, now and in the future.