Jack's Community Involvement
Enjoy a genial stroll along Sidney's vibrant main thoroughfare or miles of waterfront walkway and you'll see a town that has developed a character and personality that is both comfortable and dynamic.
That Sidney is one of the most sought-after communities for young families, professionals and retirees is no accident. It is the outcome of careful planning and "out of the box" thinking from people who care about this special spot they call home.
Jack Barker has played a key role in charting Sidney's course to become the vibrant community it is today. His fervent belief in "giving to the community" is backed by countless hours devoted to local initiatives.
From 1996 to 1999, Jack served as municipal Councillor for the Town of Sidney, actively participated in Sidney's Vision Committee, the Waterfront Advisory Committee, and also has been Sidney's representative for Tourism Victoria.
During Jack's tenure as Chair of the Community Development Office (CDO) and President of the Sidney Business Association (SBA) 2002 – 2004
- membership swelled from 50 businesses to 235
- he spearheaded numerous bold marketing initiatives aimed at promoting Sidney to residents of Greater Victoria and points beyond
- he introduced new, exciting events, like the annual Christmas Tree Festival, for locals to enjoy and give visitors even more reasons to visit Sidney
Improving recreation and cultural facilities for Sidney residents, especially young people, is one of Jack's special passions.
Ask Jack which of his many contributions he finds most personally rewarding, he'll probably point to Sidney's Skateboard Park or to his BC Children's Hospital Foundation 2005 Circle of Courage donation honour.
Jack was also responsible for the founding of the Saanich Peninsula Society, which builds endowment funds through gifts and donations, the returns re-directed via grants to local non-profit organizations. Most recently Jack chaired the planning committee for the award-winning Sidney Fine Art Show, and has personally supported the Show with generous price donations.
Things get done with Jack on the team!