Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board
- Establish an independent police department and appoint the chief constable and other constables and employees;
- Direct and oversee the Department to ensure the enforcement of municipal bylaws, criminal laws and the laws of British Columbia, the maintenance of law and order; and the prevention of crime;
- Carry out other requirements as specified in the Act and other relevant legislation; and
- Play a key role in ensuring that the organization carries out its actions and activities in an acceptable manner.
The Board operates under the oversight of the Police Services Division of the BC Ministry of Justice which is responsible for Police Boards and policing in BC. The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board (Board) is responsible for providing police and law enforcement services for the municipalities of Esquimalt and Victoria.
Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Lead Co-Chair
After serving three years on Esquimalt Municipal Council, Barb Desjardins was first elected Mayor of Esquimalt in November of 2008. She was re-elected as Mayor in 2011, 2014, and 2018 making her Esquimalt’s longest consecutive serving Mayor. Throughout her elected career, she has long been known for her accessibility, collaborative approach, and personal attention to the issues raised by her constituents. As a public servant, Barb is guided by three rules: pay personal attention to issues; be a visible and active participant in your community; and be a strong advocate for the Esquimalt community.
She was elected in 2016 and 2017 as the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board Chair is currently is a member of several committees at the CRD, as well as the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association, and the Te’mexw Treaty Advisory Committee.
Mayor Desjardins has a background as a physiotherapist, and over the years has been the owner of four physiotherapy clinics within the region. In her family and professional life, Barb is a strong advocate for active and healthy living.
Mayor Lisa Helps, Deputy Co-Chair
Sean is a second generation Mortgage Specialist with almost 20 years experience assisting Canadians from coast to coast. Born in Vancouver to a hard working immigrant South Asian single mother, Sean is a proud Islander having attended high school and college here and has been engaged in community services since he was seven years old. Sean was previously the Chair of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, working alongside staff to create and implement Canada’s first and only Sexual Assault Clinic. He is the Vice-Chair at the Threshold Housing Society, assisting vulnerable youth at risk of homelessness, overseeing its growth from two to four youth homes across Greater Victoria and establishing long lasting corporate and local funding sponsorships. Currently Sean is a Board Director/Treasurer at PEERS, most recently celebrating their newly renovated building and community kitchen expansion in Esquimalt. He is a Board Director at the Men’s Trauma Centre, Vancouver Island’s only centre serving male-identified survivors of sexual assault which has relocated into a larger, more inclusive space to better serve the community. In 2018, Sean co-founded and presented one of Canada’s successful #Metoo conferences engaging men and boys at the University of Victoria, involving all three levels of government and across all party lines. His work led him to collaborate with the Federal Minister of Women and Gender Equity in Toronto to help them assist their federal employees in the #Metoo era.
Charla is the Director of Communications and Indigenous Relations for M’akola Housing Society. She is Indigenous withChipewyan and Inuit ancestry and is established in the field of Indigenous Relations. She has connected with more than 100 Indigenous communities throughout Western Canada and has a passion for building relationships with Indigenous communities, as well as facilitating relationships with municipalities, businesses and organizations. Charla is currently pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University and has been on several boards spanning from family services, emergency preparedness and Indigenous education.
Sean Powell is currently the Principal at Ecole Lansdowne Middle School. He has been a teacher/administrator for 21 years, teaching in positions from Kindergarten to adult education in the communities of Saanich, Esquimalt and Victoria. He also owns a local company, Powell Investments Ltd., a building and development company, and previously had a supporting role in Via Solar Inc., which focused on installing alternative energy sources for residential homes. Active in his community, Mr. Powell has been a School Representative for the United Way and Cops for Cancer. He also coaches lacrosse and hockey in Victoria. Mr. Powell holds his Bachelor of Education and Masters in Leadership from the University of Victoria.
Brian R.D. Smith, QC
Brian Smith is a part-time lawyer and policy advisor with the national Gowlings LLP firm. He previously served as a chief treaty negotiator for the federal government and also served on commercial energy and mining boards. Previous experience in government includes 10 years on Oak Bay Council and six years as the Mayor. He was elected three times as MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head and held cabinet portfolios of education, energy and mines, and attorney general. He served five years as executive chair of Canadian National Railways, followed by five years as executive chair of BC Hydro. Brian’s community service includes serving on the board of Ballet BC and as chair of the board of Tennis Canada.
Patti Stockton, Council Nominee (Victoria)
Patti Stockton retired from the Public Service of British Columbia after more than 20 years in various senior positions, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety & Regulatory Programs with the Ministry of Attorney General. Since retirement, Patti has been active in the community, as a board member with the Victoria READ Society and the Together Against Poverty Society. She was also a docent at the Royal BC Museum, a security volunteer for the Tall Ships Society, and an ambassador for the Victoria Downtown Ambassadors. Currently she is 1st Vice President of the Trafalgar/ProPatria Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.