“The values that guide me every day are fairness, accountability, and perseverance. I want your vision for Saanich to be reflected in our community, and in the interactions and services you experience every day. We all should feel a sense of pride in this beautiful place we call home”
MSc, Master’s of Public Administration Candidate
Many individuals and parties in Saanich are overlooked and need a louder voice: youth & young families, those on low and fixed incomes, small businesses, and the growing number of linguistic and ethnic minorities who call Saanich home. Rebecca Mersereau wants to ensure Saanich works for all of us, now and into the future.
Rebecca’s balanced, cooperative, and pragmatic approach will help move discussions from the political and personal, to the issues and priorities Saanich Council needs to focus on to move us forward.
Rebecca’s long record of professional experience and community service show her commitment and ability to get the job done. As a consultant, she works every day with local governments across Canada, helping them manage and improve the financial sustainability of their most critical services – water. Her commitment to learning and public service is clear; after a narrow defeat by 30 votes in the 2014 election, Rebecca enrolled in a part-time Master’s of Public Administration Degree at UVic to enhance her understanding of local government operations and ensure her contributions to Saanich are informed and effective.
An active community member, Rebecca has served on over a dozen community boards in the last 10 years and supports many local organizations. Her current activities include:
Chair of the CRD Water Advisory Committee (member since 2013)
Secretary of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (board member since 2013)
Appointed member of the Saanich Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee (since 2015)
Member of the Royal Oak Community Association, Victoria Placemaking Network, Fair Vote Canada, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Habitat Acquisition Trust, and the College of Applied Biology
Originally from New Brunswick, Rebecca is committed to her chosen home and to finding ways to strengthen her community. She brings a fresh, pragmatic voice, a collaborative approach, and the ability to look at issues from all sides to make sound decisions.
Rebecca’s passions are reflected in both her work and her volunteerism: inclusive, intergenerational communities that are affordable and fiscally responsible for all citizens.
Rebecca lives in Royal Oak with her partner, Matt, and their puppy, Piper. When they aren’t working or volunteering, they can be found hiking, camping, and paddling the coast and nearby lakes.