Director at Large
Hazel Braithwaite is serving her fourth term as a Councillor in the District of Oak Bay, but has been involved in the community for much longer than that. As well as her political work, she is also the Director, Community Campaign for United Way Greater Victoria helping to raise funds to support programs and a network of services from Sooke to Sidney, the Juan de Fuca electoral area and the Southern Gulf Islands. During her almost 10 years on council, Hazel has served in many different appointed positions including Parks, Recreation and Culture Liaison, CRD Climate Action Steering Committee, Community Initiatives Committee, Child and Youth Committee, Budget Committee and Tax Roll Review Panel. She is also an avid volunteer for many worthy organizations and charities – and has been known to don a costume or two to help raise funds (yes…there are pictures). Hazel is married to Rod who is the COO at Victoria Hospice. They have one daughter, Lauren who lives in California. Hazel is a keen softball player and loves to go adventure hiking with Rod. She has hiked some of the most remote areas of Vancouver Island, Canada, South America and Papua New Guinea. She was recently honoured with a Paul Harris Award from Rotary and was named the Oak Bay News, Women in Business, Community Leader of the Year in March. On Council, Hazel is seen as a sound decision maker, a hard worker and a good listener – all attributes she brings to the AVICC table.