Council candidate Sigurd Johannesen

District of Oak Bay: Council candidate Sigurd Johannesen

  • Thu Oct 30th, 2014 5:00pm
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I attended high school in Burnaby and Calgary and upon graduation I was accepted into Royal Roads Military College in Victoria.  I earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston and left there as young officer.  As part of a 28 year military career, in increasingly senior positions, I lived twice in Germany, twice in the US and in various places across Canada.  My family and I wanted to move to Victoria but due to my position there were no military jobs here so the choice was simple.  Seventeen years ago I retired from the military and started a second career in Victoria.  I worked as a senior project manager/director in information technology.  Five years ago I retired for the second time.

I am currently finishing a six year term as a Highlands Councillor.  When I moved to Oak Bay I offered to resign but Highlands wanted me to finish my term provided I was willing to travel back and forth.  I currently am a sitting CRD Water Commissioner and am a member of the CRD Housing Trust.  I have been and active volunteer including 8 years serving with Emergency Social Services (ESS).  I have federal, regional, municipal and volunteer experience in addition to extensive business, financial and leadership skills.

I have been married to Honora for 41 years; have two married children and 5 grandchildren.  Oak Bay is our home as with my wife’s parents there are now four generations living here.  I am concerned for the future.  Change is inevitable but I want to make certain that the changes that do occur ensure that Oak Bay remains the most desirable place to live in the region.  I also want to ensure that Oak Bay remains a community for all age groups.