Council candidate Jan Mears

District of Oak Bay: Council candidate Jan Mears

  • Thu Oct 30th, 2014 7:00pm
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I am told that I need to make sure people know I held many challenging senior level professional jobs which I have done but I think other tidbits from my life are more interesting.

I am mother of a major league baseball player (Detroit Tigers) and Olympic athlete ( Athens 2004) , Chris Mears, who played locally for the Premier League while in high school.

A “green” home renovator and gardener ( two homes in past four years in Oak Bay)

A team member Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program – Nepal, Thailand and Jordan

A traveller – over 50 countries

• a mother of three adult children; Hannah, Andrea and Chris

a proud Nana of seven beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 13

a gardener

an adventurous traveler

a home renovator who enjoys bringing older homes back to life

a volunteer in the community (the OCP Advisory Committee) and with Habitat for Humanity both locally and globally

In her 35 year professional career, Jan worked

in Ottawa for the federal government

in Toronto with the Ontario government

in Vancouver in healthcare related jobs

in Victoria in the Public Service

in New York and Chicago with Kraft Foods

Over the years, Jan volunteered with

the former Canadian Council on Social Development

the former Economic Council of Canada

the Canadian Mental Health Association

the former Canadian Council on Working Life

Jan holds

a BA in Political Studies from the University of Guelph

an M Ed from the University of Toronto

Coursework towards her Ed D at the University of Toronto

Certificate in Organization Design from the University of Southern California