Mark Salter has dedicated the past 8 years of his life to improving all aspects of Esquimalt. His move back to Esquimalt in 2007 was prompted by a need to care for a relative. Mark has been was an original member of the Sewage Treatment Action Group, Co-Founder of the Esquimalt Residents Association, citizen adviser to the West Division Of Esquimalt & Victoria Police, a member of Esquimalt Emergency Social Services, served 6 years on the Esquimalt Environmental Advisory Committee 3 has Chair.,Co-Chairs the Community Garden Task force that located a site for the Esquimalt Community Gardens, Mark then created the Esquimalt Community Garden Society to develop the new community gardens in Anderson Park. His leadership in designing and building, planting and training new gardeners was recognized by the CRD in 2011 and he was awarded the ECO STAR Award for Community Environmental Leadership. In 2012 Mark’s leadership aided in the success move of the Rainbow Kitchen form Vic West to Esquimalt. He again designed and lead the building of the new gardens at the Esquimalt United Church that are now growing food for the Rainbow Kitchen.
Mark’s environmental leadership was requested by Mayor and Council to assist the Advisory Planning Commission in reviewing the applications for development in Esquimalt. Mark is has been a part of the Advisory Planning Commission for the past 2 years and is currently the Vice Chair.
Mark’s leadership is being called upon by the Songhees Nation in his role as the Convention Services Manager of the Songhees Wellness Centre at 1100 Admirals Rd. The Songhees Wellness Centre offers 55,000 sq.ft. of space for meetings and conventions, with a dining hall of 400 seats.
Why should I vote for you?
I believe the residents of Esquimalt need a Councillor that has proven their leadership in Esquimalt and the CRD. I have been an adviser to three different councils since 2008 and lead a task force on behalf of Mayor and Council and recognized by the CRD for my ‘environmental leadership. Too much time has been wasted discussing an economic development plan 4 in the past 14 years. I want to inspire our town and council to develop a thriving village core and affordable services and amenities in Esquimalt.
Your main goal if elected?
My main goal once elected is to work in implementing the recently completed Economic Development plan and work with the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce members to create an Esquimalt Rd. that reflects the true beauty of Esquimalt. Our parks and beaches are the destination of all the residents of the CRD however we are not providing these visitors with an appealing reason to stop and shop or dine in our town.