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    About the SRA

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Board of Directors

Calvin Cook   Currently the president and chair of the Legal Action Committee, Calvin is seeking his fifth term as a board member. Calvin is a consulting forester who has lived, worked and raised a family in Shawnigan over the past 28 years.

Al Brunet   Al is seeking a sixth term and has been serving as the liaison with the Municipal Status Committee. He has previously served as Director of Communications and Director in Charge of Membership. Al and his wife, Anne, have lived in Shawnigan for 13 years. He is now retired from his private business and is passionate about this community and its environs. He also volunteers as a member of the Shawnigan Parks and Recreation Committee and at Providence Farm.

Grant Price   Grant has performed a number of roles with the board including chairing the Water Committee. He is seeking a fifth term as a director. Grant, his wife and daughters have enjoyed their waterfront cottage at the lake for over 27 years, and he has developed a special interest in all things to do with the welfare of the lake. At the time of his retirement several years ago from a career in public service, Grant was the Executive Director of Human Resources for the BC Ministry of Finance.

Dewar McCarthy   Originally from South Africa, Dewar lends to the SRA his professional expertise as a local businessman and very experienced chartered accountant. He and his family have lived in Shawnigan for the past 5 years. His strong belief in giving back to the community is clearly evident in his work with the SRA. He is currently the SRA Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Dewar is seeking a fifth term as a director.

Garry Horwood   Although Garry and his family live in the lower mainland, his roots in Southern Vancouver Island are of long-standing and well established. Their enjoyment of the family's east-side cottage bring him to the community through all seasons. As a board member and a past-president, his contributions to the work of the board over the years have been impressive. Garry is seeking an eighth term on the board.

Megan Cholack-Briand   Megan is a grade 12 student attending her fifth year at Shawnigan Lake School. She has lived in Shawnigan for nine years and hopes to attend higher education elsewhere in Canada following her graduation this Spring. Her career goal is medicine. She is seeking her second term on the board and is looking forward to being able to make a contribution and to give back to the community that has given home to her.

Brandon Foreman   Brandon lives in Victoria but has spent much of his time in the Shawnigan community in recent years due to his involvement with the Elkington Forrest ecologically sustainable development. In addition to being a licensed realtor with Newport Realty, Brandon is a singer-songwriter, musical director and a consultant with World Vision. He has come to know and love this community and has a strong interest in healthy homes and green initiatives. He is seeking a first term on the SRA board.

Rod Garbutt   Rod was born in the Cowichan Valley and has been a resident of Shawnigan since 1981. Following a 28 year career with the Canadian Forest Service as a forest health technician, Rod contracted for 5 years with the Yukon Government as a forest health consultant. He is now retired, living in the Shawnigan Beach Estates. He is widowed with 4 children and 7 grand-children. He continues to be active in the fight against SIA permit and is currently a director with the Shawnigan Basin Society.

Rod Macintosh   Rod has lived in Shawnigan for the past 23 years and is married with three children. Prior to becoming a licensed realtor with Remax, Rod had a career in the Canadian military and was a business owner. He has provided service to this community as a member of the Area B Advisory Planning Commission. This experience combined with his work in real estate have given him considerable understanding of the workings of local government and land use issues. He has a particular interest in the development of the Shawnigan village core. This is the first time that Rod has stood for election to the SRA board.

Jerrod Pinder   Jerrod has lived in Shawnigan Lake for 8 years with his wife and two young children. He is a local businessman and an experienced engineering technologist. He holds a diploma in mechanical engineering technology from Camosun College. Prior to forming his business, he worked in a variety of local high-tech manufacturing and research and design companies in Victoria. His passion is sport fishing and the protection of wild salmon/wildlife in coastal BC. He is a member of a variety of salmon enhancement and advocacy groups in Victoria and the province. Jerrod also donates his time to the promotion and protection of the recreational sport fishing sector and has raised funds for salmon enhancement groups and projects throughout the Island. This combined passion for wildlife and the environment along with his background in engineering technology make Jarrod a strong candidate for a seat on the SRA board. He is seeking his first term on the board.

Earl Belcourt   Earl and his family have lived on their Shawnigan Lake Road acreage for the past 25 years. He has been married to Gloria for 41 years. His son owns a local plumbing and gas company and his daughter is a civil engineering technologist in Nanaimo. After retiring in 2007 from a 17 year career at the Crofton pulp mill, Earl started an consulting company. His work takes him all over Canada, in particular to northern camps and communities. Earl, a Metis, has a long history of involvement in aboriginal and mainstream politics and has shown an interest in becoming involved in local government affairs. This is the first time that Earl has put his name forward for a seat at the SRA board table. He hopes that he will have enough free time from his business travels to participate fully in the work of the board.

Declan Powell   Declan is a Grade 11 student at Shawnigan Lake School and is in his third year there. He hails from Red Deer, Alberta, where he has lived his whole life. After high school he hopes to pursue his passion for medicine. Declan really looks forward to contributing to the SRA as a board member.

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