Vicki Sanders Saanich Councillor
About Vicki Sanders

About Vicki Sanders

Vicki Sanders is serving her fourth term on Saanich Council and at the CRD.  Local government is her passion. She strongly believes it is the closest to the people she is elected to serve.

Vicki Sanders brings years of community service. She was a founding member of both the Camosun Community Association and the Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association. In addition to being president of QCHCA for six years, Vicki served as chair of the Saanich Community Association Network (SCAN) for five years.

Vicki is dedicated to the people of Saanich, and has deep roots in the community. Her pioneer family, Alexander and Mary Wilson, settled in Victoria in 1859. This legacy, along with the vision and values instilled in Vicki by her father, businessman Stan V. Wright, who founded the Stan V. Wright Ltd. magazine and book distribution company, has shaped a commitment to, and involvement in, Saanich. Vicki is married and has three children.

This term Vicki has served as:

Chair Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee
Chair, Environmental Advisory Committee 
Saanich Finance and Personnel Committee member  
Legislative Services, Council Liaison
Corporate Services, Council Liaison 
Silver Threads Service, Council Liaison 
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (Glendale Gardens), Council Liaison 
CRD Alternate Director
CRD Regional Water Supply Commissioner
CRD Regional Water Supply Finance Committee Member
CRD Climate Action Committee
CRD Solid Waste Advisory Committee Member
CRD/Saanich member the Coalition to End Homelessness Leadership Committee

Past Appointments:
Co-Chair: Joint Advisory Committee on Climate Change
Co-Chair Administrative Traffic Committee
Saanich Heritage Foundation, Council Liaison
Public Works Division, Council Liaison 
Beacon Community Services, Council Liaison 
Royal & McPherson Theatres Society Board Member 


Chair, Environmental Advisory Committee

Natural Environment
  • Urban Forest Strategy: Reviewed and provided revisions to the Urban Forest Strategy including the Saanich Tree by-law reflecting the expanded vision of tree protection based on climate change values and the value of the Urban Forest. 

  • Storm Water Management:   Reviewed and participated in the plan for the harmonization of the storm water based on environmental and engineering standards for watershed protection. 

  • UBCM Motions: Provincial government reduce the pesticide products available to the public and urge all provinces and the federal government to take the same action to reduce sale of pesticidesRecommendation to Council for approval of Saanich’s Pesticide Bylaw and implementation of an education program. 

  • UBCM Motions: Provincial government not to increase the number of oil tankers on the West Coast of British Columbia.

  • Heating Oil Tanks: Reviewed and researched the potential hazzards of oil tanks, municipal liability, and home owner education. Saanich Fire created a database of known residential oil tanks. Information brochure created and distributed to residents.
Energy Consumption
  • Recommendation to Council to support Tides Canada developing a discussion paper called A New Energy Vision for Canada.

  • BC Hydro Turn It Off Challenge: Encouraged residents to reduce electricity consumption. Held weekly tip campaign and draw.

  • Worked with staff members to reduce energy usage in municipal facilities.

  • Earth Hour 2008 - Successful Campaign reduced residential electricity use by 3%, greater than the provincial average of 2%.
Solid Waste - Reduction of garbage to the Landfill
  • Bottled water:  Recommendation to Council for the removal of bottled water from municipal facilities by 2013 and implement an education program and alternatives.
  • Sustainable Actions for Meetings and Special Events: Initiated and completed guidelines for holding meetings and special events at municipal facilities or Saanich sponsored events. Used the basic premise of the 3 R’s – Reduce, reuse, recycle PLUS refuse.
  • Reviewed use of plastic bags.
  • UBCM Motion: Provincial government implement an accessible and convenient means for the public to recycle batteries.
  • BC Provincial Stewardship program: Provided suggestions of items to be included in the program.
  • Recommend deconstruction not demolition.
Environmental Outreach and Education
  • Revised Environmental Advisory Annual Awards.
  • Pesticide display out at Recreation Centre and Municipal Hall during Environment Week.
  • Initiated submission to Park’s Department regarding the value of the Urban Forest for carbon sequestering.

Co-Chair: Joint Advisory Committee on Climate Change

      • Committee formed to bring together members of Environmental Advisory Committee and Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee to discuss Saanich’s Climate Change initiatives.
      • Saanich’s Carbon Neutral fund: First contributor to Saanich’s carbon footprint calculator and first to make tax deductible donation to Saanich for use in new green initiatives.

Chair: CRD Arts Committee

      • Together with the Arts Advisory Council successfully completed a Strategic Plan identifying five strategic priorities.
      • Implemented a CRD Arts communication plan.
      • Reviewed the criteria for operating and project grants.
      • Implemented the IDEAS grant for organizations whose mandate is not the arts.
      • Reviewed the funding participation for municipalities to the CRD Arts service.

Chair: Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee

      • Reviewed all Arts and Heritage policies and strategic plans.
      • Creating work plan to address updating and changes to previous policies and plans.
      • Recommended to council a maintenance policy for heritage homes and implementation of a heritage procedural bylaw.
      • Successfully enhanced the Annual Arts Event to a larger venue and vision.
      • Advocated for the construction of the Arts Centre at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.
      • Encourage and promote the value of Heritage designation.
      • Supported the expansion of Saanich Archives and outreach.
      • Recommend deconstruction not demolition and recommend reuse of all materials salvaged for heritage restoration.

Royal & McPherson Theatres Society Board

      • Attended monthly board meetings.
      • Participated in annual business plan; including budget, building maintenance, fundraising, and selection of board members.

Council Liaison, Public Works Division

      • Addressed concerns raised by citizens regarding roads, sewers, drainage, garbage, etc with manager of public works.

Saanich Heritage Foundation

      • Researched and initiated a strong use of the Provincial Heritage Conservation Act.

Council Accomplishments OUNCIL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

      • Voted against the demolition and removal of Mt. View High School from Saanich’s Heritage Registry.
      • Voted against the removal of the Royal Oak Drive DiCastri home from Saanich’s Heritage Registry.
      • Voted for the heritage designation and addition of nominated buildings to Saanich’s Heritage Registry.
      • Judge (3 years): South Vancouver Island Regional Heritage Fair sponsored by Historica Canada Foundation.

Community Outreach TREACH

      • Shelbourne Community Kitchen: participated with community organizers and residents for the creation of a community kitchen in the Shelbourne Valley.
      • Saanich Pulling Together Program: Lead steward for Margaret Wright Park.  Worked with community members to divise a plan of restoration for park
      • Worked with various municipal departments to encourage increased accessibility for citizens.
      • Addressed concerns raised by citizens; bylaw issues, pedestrian environment, parking, garbage, senior’s safety.
      • Encouraged accessible funding to Community Associations/Organizations.
      • Raised community awareness of composting by participating in survey and reclassification of garbage (“dumpster dive”) at St. Aidan’s United Church.
      • Provided a “roadmap of communication” to encourage residents to become actively involved in developing a vision for Saanich.
      • Member of Saanich’s Native Plant Salvage Program.
Curriculum Vitae
Experience and Education
      • Saanich Councillor and CRD member 2005-2014
      • Founding member and former president of two Saanich Community Associations
      • Former president of SCAN (Saanich Community Association Network)
      • Former president and executive member PAC (Parents Advisory Committee)
      • Former executive member of Confederation of Parents Association of Victoria (CPAV now VPAC)
      • Studied Visual Arts at University of Victoria and Camosun College
      • Educated in Saanich schools
      • Area sales manager of marketing for art products.
      • Manager of accounts receivables and collection department for magazine and book distribution company. Other work experience includes positions as accounting system consultant, property manager and arts instructor
      • Excellent knowledge of operation of District of Saanich and regularly attends meetings at municipal hall
      • Strong relationships with current and past councillors, developers, neighbourhood community associations, regional organizations, and arts organizations
      • Highly experienced in community planning with an emphasis on comprehensive development that considers transportation, the environment, social issues and the economy.


Reynolds Neighbourhood Group (1992-1996) – now area of the Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association

Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association:

      • Founding Member (1996)
      • President (2000-2005)
      • Treasurer (1996-1999)
      • Worked successfully on the acquisition, planning and development of Rutledge Park and Cloverdale Glasgow Park
      • Developed a procedures / process manual to establish a good working relationship between the development and residential community
      • Association received a 2004 Saanich Environmental Achievement – Volunteer Organization Award – Honourable Mention
      • Held a successful community exposition with the Mt. Tolmie and Camosun Community Associations

Recipient of the CFAX Citation Rose: 2003 & 2004 for her role as president of the Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association working with the people in the community, the development community and the municipality.

Camosun Community Association

      • Founding Member (1997)
      • Treasurer (1997-2000)
      • Land Use Director (2000-2005)
      • Participated in the development of the first traffic calming project in Saanich
      • Supported educational awareness of Bowker Creek

Saanich Community Association Network (SCAN)

      • Member (1996–2005)
      • Chair (2000-2005)
      • Worked to increase funding to community associations
      • Raised awareness and highlighted the need for liability insurance for community association

Saanich Community Grants Committee (2000)

      • Established funding for community associations

University of Victoria Community Liaison (2001-2005) – represented SCAN on issues that affect neighbouring associations

Reynolds School Project – Steering Committee (2000-2001)

      • Worked to improve the relationship with the community and students at risk

Block Watch member (2002-current)

      • Included Block Watch educational displays at community events
Shelbourne Community Kitchen (2013-Current)

Volunteer fundraiser (continuous)

      • Mother’s March, Cancer, Heart and Stroke
Culture and the Arts

Saanich Heritage Foundation (2000 – 2005)

      • Participated in approval of allocation of annual funds to designated heritage homeowners

Saanich Community Arts Advisory (1999-2005)

      • Participated in the planning of Saanich’s Comprehensive Arts Policy where a percentage of
        capital budgets will go towards the purchase or commission of and maintenance of public art
        to be integrated into or displayed in public area.
Planning and Housing

Shelbourne Local Area Plan (1980-1981)

      • As member of Working Committee, developed first Local Area Plan for Shelbourne area
      • Participated in Shelbourne Local Area Plan updates (1987 &1997)

Quadra/McKenzie Design Charette – Ideas Plan (1998)

      • Focused on Quadra/McKenzie Avenue area urban design and land use concept

Quadra/McKenzie Action Plan (2001-2003)

      • Member of Advisory Group that developed Action Plan

CRD Housing Affordability Strategy (2002-2003)

      • Attended series of workshops to look at housing affordability with the outcome being the development of the “Regional Housing Affordability Strategy”

PATH (Promoting Action Toward Health) (2001–2005)

      • Participated in the community-based health promotion research project with Hillside/Quadra community to promote a healthy community and individuals
      • Developed a map indicating areas, facilities and heritage sites of significance to the community
      • Participated in numerous planning issues: small lot infill, Regional Growth Strategy (RGS), Roundtable on Secondary Suites

Transportation Management Study, Shelbourne / North Dairy Neighbourhood (1998-2003)

Saanich Traffic Calming Workshops (2000)

Saanich Traffic Policy Committee (2000)

      • Developed policy for traffic calming in District of Saanich

Environmental Protocol, District of Saanich (2002–2003)

      • Instrumental in the development of Saanich’s Environmental Protocol
      • Encouraged and mentored community members to become involved in environmental committees and activities
      • Successfully lobbied to have lands rezoned as park
      • Attended and participated in many environmental forums and activities
      • Raised community awareness to value of the environment.

CPAV now VCPAC (Victoria Confederation of Parents Advisory Councils) (1980–1986)

      • Executive position

PTA now PAC (Parents Advisory Committee) (1978–1990) Uplands, Richmond, Lansdowne, Reynolds and Victoria High Schools

      • Executive position

Lansdowne Band Parents Committee (1979–1982)

      • Volunteered in advisory capacity closely with school band program, students and parents


Toastmaster’s International (2002–current)

      • Executive Member (2003-current)
      • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) 2013


      • The Art Group Founding Member (1986)
      • Victoria Art Gallery
      • Fairbank Calligraphy Society
      • Landlord BC (Formerly Rental Owners and Managers Association)
      • St. Aidan’s United Church
      • Family Care Givers Network
      • Woman’s Transition House
      • Smart Growth BC – (urban development strategies to reduce sprawl)
  • Hallmark Heritage Society Award of Merit 2011
      • Married with three children
      • Daughter of Stan V. Wright, local businessman who founded the nationally recognized
        Stan V. Wright Ltd. magazine and book distribution company, supplying publications to
        locations throughout Vancouver Island for over 75 years.
      • other’s family was pioneer family of Alexander and Mary Wilson who settled in Victoria in 1859 and operated the A. and W. Wilson hardware store. Alexander Wilson was integral to the establishment of the Royal Jubilee Hospital, First Presbyterian Church in Victoria, Rose Manor and the Victoria, Saanich and New Westminster Railway.