Game Changers: Discussion series opens with Mayor Barb Desjardins

Renaissance welcomes the community for discussion series highlighting local people and issues

What’s new with the Township of Esquimalt? What will the region look like in 2049?

These and other topics will be top of mind when the Renaissance Retirement Residence welcomes Mayor Barb Desjardins for the launch of its Game Changers lecture series, featuring community leaders who have contributed greatly to Esquimalt’s development and growth.

Desjardins will open the series with an exploration of current hot topics in the township and the Capital Regional District, where she also chairs the CRD board and has held a variety of committee and other positions.

In addition to being the Esquimalt mayor and CRD board chair, Desjardins is also a physiotherapist and has been a strong advocate for active and healthy living. First elected to Esquimalt council in 2005, she has served as mayor since 2008.

Topics up for discussion on Thursday, Nov. 9 include:

  • What’s Happening in Esquimalt
  • The CRD – Making Hard Decisions
  • The Personal Cost of Public Life
  • 2049 – Big changes? Slow Growth?

Time permitting, a Q&A session will follow the discussion.

“Our residents have had a chance to have Barb speak to them but not everyone has that opportunity,” notes Darvin Miller. “We wanted to create an event that welcomes local residents to the Renaissance, while giving something back to the community at the same time.”

Welcoming neighbours to the Renaissance also helps build more far-reaching relationships, connecting its residents to the greater community, Miller says.

“Most people, when then come through the doors, are quite surprised about what we are, and what we offer our residents – including a location in the heart of Esquimalt,” Miller says, welcoming ideas for future speakers or discussion topics.

Join the discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the comfort of the dining room at the Renaissance, 1188 Esquimalt Rd. Light refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to 250-386-1188 or living@renaissancevictoria.com as space is limited.

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Conveniently located across from the Esquimalt Plaza, The Renaissance offers quality, independent living for seniors.

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