Heather Holmes will be a knowledgeable and effective advocate for the citizens of Oak Bay due to her diverse background and experience. Heather is a team builder with the leadership skills to bring people together and accomplish goals. She has enjoyed a successful career in both the private and public sectors and she brings a commitment to community service.
For many years, Heather managed a local travel agency on Oak Bay Avenue. Now employed by the Province of British Columbia, her work experience has included strategic & corporate planning, risk management, policy, organizational development and managing large-scale budgets and projects. Heather has received recognition as an innovation champion within the public service.
She has served as a director on several boards including the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association where she helped spearhead the Oak Bay Avenue Christmas light up and the Greater Victoria Police Victim Services where she helped people impacted by crime and trauma. Her community experience also includes organizing major corporate and community events.
Heather is passionate about:
- Good decision making through a common sense approach of listening, collaborating, and team building
- Housing and environmental issues
- Honesty, ethics, accountability and transparency in local government
- Public safety and law enforcement
- Dedication and hard work
Heather’s roots are entrenched in Oak Bay with four generations of her family calling our community home. Raised on Harling Point adjacent to the Chinese Cemetery, Heather grew up as a “Gonzales Girl” on the beaches of Oak Bay; Gonzales, Willows, McNeil Bay, Trafalgar and Cattle Point. During her youth, she spent summers at Fireman and Carnarvon Parks while watching baseball with her father as coach together with her two brothers playing. Quimper Park was another favourite.
She is a proud graduate of Oak Bay schools, along with her grandfather, father, brothers, and children. Heather attended the University of Victoria. During the early 1970s, she purchased her first Oak Bay house on St. Patrick Street, followed by several others over three decades all within the Oak Bay municipality.
She is extremely proud of her two grown children. Her son Marshall Horne is a PhD candidate and while working his way through university he could be seen in Fairways Market on Oak Bay Avenue and later, employed by the Oak Bay Marine Group on the docks, in the Marina Restaurant and onboard the MV Mirabel. Her daughter is a professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) who juggles a busy career as a working mother. Heather’s two young granddaughters and dog Ollie round out her family.