A Tofino councillor who has lived in the district for decades passed away suddenly on Wednesday, according to officials.
Dorothy Baert, a fourth-term member of the council, is being remembered by the District of Tofino has a “huge champion of the arts, for the environment, for affordable housing, small business and much more.”
Outside of her council duties, she served on the board of directors of the Tofino Housing Corporation and chaired the District of Tofino’s Community Economic Development Advisory Committee.
“Councillor Baert was an incredibly hard-working and passionate woman who always put community first,” Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne said in a statement.
“Whether advocating for public art, heritage initiatives, affordable housing, or preserving view scapes, Dorothy was highly respected for her determination, consistency, and principled approach to elected office. On top of all that, she was a good friend. She was an invaluable member on Tofino Council and she will be missed terribly.”
With a very heavy heart I share the news that my friend & colleague, #Tofino Councillor Dorothy Baert, passed away yesterday. A passionate, fierce defender of our community, we will miss her terribly. I always told her she made me a better mayor. https://t.co/3RIvauYKgu
— Josie Osborne (@Josie_Osborne) July 18, 2019
No other details about Baert’s death have been made public.