Janet Baird, a former Victoria City Council member and beloved community member, passed away earlier this week at age 82.
“She always thought it was very important to give back,” said her son Neil Baird. “[for women in politics] she was one of the groundbreakers in our region and anyone who ever worked with her loved her.”
She was surrounded by family at home on Monday and died with the help of assisted death. Neil says she passed peacefully and had been battling cancer that had re-surfaced following her battle with it over a decade ago.
Baird has a long list of achievements and was greatly involved in the community. She worked as a teacher when she was younger, served on Victoria City Council from 1981 to 1990 and was the first chairman of the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Association.
She was also the chairman of the Camosun Colledge Foundation and received the Royal Roads Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award in 2001.
Born in Regina in 1935 Baird studied at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to the Island in 1968.
Baird had five kids and has eight grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at the Victoria Golf Club at 1110 Beach Drive on Nov. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.