Former Oak Bay mayor joins Beacon board

Christopher Causton brings a wealth of leadership experience, including 15 years of service as Oak Bay mayor to the board.

  • Jul. 9, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Former Oak Bay mayor Christopher Causton is one of the newest members of the board of Beacon Community Services.

At its 39th Annual General Meeting, members of the local non-profit organization elected Causton and Hal Irwin to its board of directors.

Causton brings a wealth of community-based administrative and leadership experience, including 15 years of service as Oak Bay mayor to the board. His extensive resumé also includes time as chair of the Capital Regional District Board, chair of the Regional Housing Trust, and member of the Victoria Homelessness Coalition.

Irwin is a chartered accountant and majority owner and chairman of Philbrooks Boatyard Limited in Sidney. He has served on the Town of Sidney’s Advisory Planning Board, was a founding director and treasurer of the Central Saanich Farmlands Trust, and has extensive board experience through other organizations, including the Edmonton Downtown Development Corporation and the Edmonton Airport Authority Board.

“We are delighted to have Christopher and Hal join us,” board Chair Penny Thomsen said. “Their experience will be a tremendous asset to the organization, and we look forward to working with them.”

The 11-person board oversees an organization with more than 1,100 employees and 500 volunteers, who provide services to seniors who require home support care, those who are looking for work, and vulnerable people who require counselling, housing and other supports within the CRD. Last year, Beacon oversaw a budget of more than $60 million.

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