Garry Horwood, President
Although Garry and his family now live in Ladner on the Lower Mainland, he was born and raised in Victoria. In the early 1960’s his parents built a summer place on property off of West Shawnigan Lake Road where his own family now continues to enjoy cabin life and the Shawnigan community through all seasons. Garry’s family owned a new car dealership in Victoria where, as a teenager, he gained experience in a variety of areas from pumping gas to mechanical work. Garry attended UVic and UBC then entered the transportation industry as a highway tractor trailer driver. He returned to the family business in Victoria for several years before moving his family back to the Lower Mainland where he re-entered the trucking business both as a driver and in management. Garry has extensive business management skills and experience. He has been appointed to many boards over the years both as a director and board chair. Garry and his wife Brenda were foster parents for over 30 years and have raised a family of seven children ranging in age from 18 to 44. In recent years they have also had the great joy to welcome four grandchildren.
Garry grew up enjoying the recreational activities around the lake and it was this appreciation for what he had experienced and the desire to ensure that its integrity be maintained that led him to his involvement with the SRA. Garry has served as a board member, past president, and now as the current president. He served as board president for the first three years of the fight to keep “dirty dirt” from being deposited within the Shawinigan watershed and more recently has contributed to promoting better boating safety on the lake and to discussions regarding municipal status.
Alex Acton, Vice President
Alex grew up on Vancouver Island and spent many summers at the family cottage on Shawnigan Lake. Alex now lives in Shawnigan year round with his wife and three boys. He has been on the SRA board for three years and is currently member of the Legal and Water safety/quality Committees. Alex has an extensive background in information technology and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Victoria. If you can’t find him out enjoying the lake, then Alex is probably at the rink coaching hockey.
Dewar McCarthy, Treasurer
Dewar and his family have lived in Shawnigan Lake since 2010. Both he and his wife operate local businesses and are dedicated to giving back to the local community whenever possible.
Dewar is an accountant, has over 38 years of accounting experience in a variety of positions both local and international and is currently the SRA Treasurer. Dewar maintains his international membership of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Dewar serves on the Municipal Status and Finance Committees and this is his sixth term on the Board of Directors of the SRA.
Rod Macintosh, Secretary
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 has 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 Rod’s second term on SRA Board.
Keith and wife Bridget have enjoyed being members of the Shawnigan Community for the past nine years. Keith has recently sold his business, Team Sales in Victoria where he was President/owner for 35 years. Over the years in business, Keith became very knowledgeable about the Shawnigan Community with his work for Shawnigan Lake School, Maxwell Baha’i School and Brentwood College. He is now consulting for the Provincial Government and the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission. Both Keith and Bridget are passionate about the Community and look forward to many more years on the Lake. This is Keith’s first term on the SRA and he serves on the Water safety/quality Committee.
Dinah and her husband Paul followed their retirement dream in 2007 to purchase an “old-timer” cottage on Shawnigan Lake and in 2014 moved in permanently. They love the healthy lifestyle here of swimming, cycling, and growing their own food in an organic garden. Their love for their new home quickly motivated them to become SRA members and donate to their legal fund, join the protests, and write letters to government officials and letters to the editor. Dinah is a former school administrator where she helped found an independent school in Calgary and spent her 30 year career there working and developing the school’s administration and governance, serving on their Board of Directors and represented the school community in the design and build of their innovative facility. This is Dinah’s first year on the SRA Board and she serves on the Membership, Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Committee.
Netta describes herself as a specialized generalist supporting business and non-profits in the areas of marketing and fundraising across a variety of industries within private and public sectors. Known as a marketing and branding specialist, Netta works directly with thought leaders on how best to elevate their reputation and define their legacy.
As a volunteer, she has worked closely with the Shawnigan Lake community and politicians to stand-up to the dumping of contaminates within its watershed. Currently she supports the SRA with marketing and communications, and is the chair of the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre Commission.
Her passion includes collaborating with thought leaders to spark unique ideas that contribute to the greater good for community. In her spare time, she enjoys an early morning waterski or time with her senior pug.
Tom moved to Shawnigan Lake with his wife, Kirsi, and his two beautiful children 5 years ago. As someone who is passionate about being in the outdoors, he was dismayed to learn of the mistreatment of our environment and wants to do what he can to help the community maintain clean water, clear trails, and a healthy community for all. He has been a teacher for 15 years and works at Shawnigan Lake School as a Department Head and Director of Curriculum. When not at work, Tom enjoys riding bikes on the trails and the road and enjoying the beauty of the lake with his family. This is Tom’s first term on the SRA board and he serves on the Municipal Status Committee.
Devon is a Financial Services Advisor at Island Savings in Mill Bay. She grew up in Shawnigan Lake, then took part in a Rotary exchange after high school and lived for one year in the Netherlands and learned to speak Dutch. She lived in Victoria where she earned a diploma in Visual arts from Camosun College. Devon and her husband Jason bought a home in Shawnigan Lake where they live with their two boys and operate their business McFadden Contracting. She keeps busy taking the boys to hockey, and always has a drawing or painting project on the go. She has also volunteered with Junior Achievement and has spoken to grade 6/7 classes about the Dollars with Sense program. This is Devon’s first term on the SRA Board and is serving on the Membership, Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Committee.
Roberto has been a student at Shawnigan Lake School since grade 8. He is originally from Mexico City and has been part of many extracurricular activities within the school and the community. To Roberto, the P.A.L. Programme (Peer Assistance and Leadership) prepared him to understand and analyze human behaviour and critical thinking. He is currently working on a project called “Abroad Mexican Students”, an organization that shares accomplishments and preparation pieces from students to their home country. He has adopted the quote from his father, Francisco, “One daily job will defeat ‘Hercules’, who works occasionally”. Roberto’s work ethics and knowledge can and will contribute to the community of Shawnigan Lake.