Saanich Councillor Rebecca Mersereau has announced she does not intend to seek re-election in the upcoming municipal elections.
In a post on Facebook, Mersereau said working on council no longer aligns with her personal needs and well-being.
“It’s been a very difficult decision to make, especially when I reflect on just how much there is to celebrate about the last four years,” Mersereau said in the post. “I hope my vacancy can create space for someone who is able to represent some of the many groups whose voices are traditionally missing from local elected tables.”
Initiatives that Mersereau highlighted that she was proud to be part of include road safety and active transportation projects, initiating an annual funding plan to acquire parks and regional trails, advancing reconciliation efforts, building affordable housing, working on climate action, and working on the water plan.
“This feels bittersweet. There’s such positive momentum in Saanich and at the CRD right now; it’s difficult to step away,” she wrote. “We’re fortunate to have excellent leaders in both of these organizations, who I know will continue to serve our communities’ needs, regardless of who comes and goes with each election.”
General local elections take place in B.C. on Oct. 15.