Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins.

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins.

15 Questions: With Barb Desjardins, Mayor of Esquimalt

Every Friday, we feature a community leader with our 15 Questions segment.

1. It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?

Sunday breakfast is a breakaway from yogurt and berries to bacon and eggs. Softboiled, on crispy bacon on multigrain toast! The morning paper and a mocha coffee!

2. If you didn’t do what you did for a living, what would you be?

I am a physiotherapist by profession and currently a municipal politician. Both are jobs to facilitate better quality of living for people. But you ask what else? I reinvented my physio practice businesses several times in several areas. My last dream challenge for this was to do a floating day spa on a lovely boat.

3. What’s playing in your music player right now?

My CD tray has Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Il Divo, Joe Cocker, and Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty.

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Criticism without constructive ideas for improvement.

5. What’s the best thing about living in Esquimalt?

Best thing about living in Esquimalt and this region is everything. We often forget how lucky we are to be at the ocean, with mountains as a backdrop, and moderate climate year round. Live somewhere else in Canada for awhile and you recognize how amazing this region is.

6. Where were you born?

Niagara -on-the-Lake, Ontario – a small town with amazing historic and military history, not to mention a success story in developing itself as a tourism and cultural place to go.

7. Which person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with?

My husband and family whom I don’t get the chance to sit down with altogether very often. Family are most important.

8. What’s your favourite vacation destination?

The family cottage in Ontario and/or Mexico depending on the time of year. Winter getaways to Mexico renew, and provide me with much needed light (sunshine) therapy!

9. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Provide wishes to people who need some help.

10. What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you’d love to do?

Travel more!

11. If you could see one concert, what would it be?

Leonard Cohen.

12. What is your favourite TV show?

Motive.

13. What’s your dream car?

Electric convertible!

14. What is your favourite place to dine?

Pescatores in Victoria.

15. What are your words to live by?

We can be part of the problem or part of the solution. There is always opportunity in change.