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On Board: With Tamara Leonard-Vail, BGCA Board President


My name is Tamara and I am currently the President of the Burnside Gorge Community Association Board of Directors.

In a recent meeting with the Board of Directors it was suggested that the Board have more of a presence in the newsletter. It is my pleasure to be the first Board member to submit a piece to “On Board” for the Burnside Gorge Community News.

The Board of Directors provides strategic oversight to the activities and operations of the Burnside Gorge Community Centre. As a Board member, I have the opportunity to meet monthly with the dynamic group of individuals that makes up the Board of Directors, of which there are eight in total, to serve the community and the association. The Board members represent a variety of interests including finances, marketing, land use, safety and the well being of children, youth and their families. I have particular interests in strategic planning and programming.

On a personal note, my husband and I moved to Victoria in 1999, having lived most of our lives in Alberta and Saskatchewan. I have a Master of Social Work and am currently employed with the provincial government. When not working, I enjoy helping my husband garden (and by that I mean supervising and observing J), exercising and knitting. I am committed to my volunteer role with the BGCA and look forward to several more years of volunteering to support the community and association.

If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, becoming involved in a sub-committee of the Board, or have comments or questions about our work, feel free to contact the Community Association via our website or Facebook, or contact me directly. You can learn more about the Board and the work we do from the BGCA website and by reading our monthly meeting minutes posted on the website.


Tamara Leonard-Vail


Board of Directors

Burnside Gorge Community Association 

"On Board" is a column published in our bi-monthly newsletter, The Burnside Gorge Community News.

Articles will feature news from our Board of Directors including info about their roles and work in supporting the Burnside Gorge community. Visit “On Board” to read more.

Your community association is your link to the City of Victoria on neighbourhood ideas and concerns. We welcome residents to participate in our committees and we host regular meetings to bring neighbours together to ensure your voices are heard.