Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director David Howe Resigns

Jun 08, 2022

Victoria, BC– Capital Regional District (CRD) Board Vice-Chair Rebecca Mersereau announced today the resignation of Director Howe, the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director.

“Director Howe has been a local champion for the interests of the Southern Gulf Islands and an important voice on regional matters including serving as a Finance Committee Chair and working on behalf of the Board, as a member of Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Board,” said CRD Board Vice-Chair Rebecca Mersereau. “I want to thank Director Howe for spending the past decade dedicated to serving his community.”

As a regional district, the CRD is responsible for administration and delivery of local services in the Juan de Fuca, Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands electoral areas. Each electoral area is represented by a director, who is elected directly to the CRD’s Board of Directors.

Director Howe was first elected as the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director in 2012 and has since acted as a representative on the CRD, CRHC and CRHD Boards as well as a number of commissions to provide community input into the delivery of specific CRD services in the Electoral Areas.

Director Howe worked to provide greater efficiency, collaboration, and coordination of CRD services in the Southern Gulf Islands by hiring local islanders as CRD Liaisons on each island to facilitate access to the CRD by SGI community members. He established the SGI Community Economic Sustainability Commission, which has advanced important initiatives in a variety of areas such as transportation, connectivity, affordable housing, and food and agriculture planning. During his time with the CRD, Director Howe provided grant funding and advocacy for a variety of community projects such as playgrounds, infrastructure upgrades, community buses and much more. The support that he has provided to non-profit organizations has, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on the islands.

Alternate Director Paul Brent will act as the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director until the municipal election in October. Under provincial legislation no by-election is required due to the short length of time until the next municipal election.


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