Maja Tait was first elected to Sooke Council in 2008 and served two consecutive terms on Council before being elected as Mayor in 2014 and again in 2018.
Maja was raised in the hamlet of Bragg Creek, Alberta and lived in both Japan and Calgary before moving to Vancouver Island in 1997. Attracted to Sooke’s natural setting and community spirit, Maja moved to Sooke with her husband Alex in 2006. In 2015, while serving as Mayor, Maja and Alex welcomed their first child, a son they named Ewan.
In addition to her ongoing career in property management, Maja has been a dedicated community volunteer and served with organizations like Girl Guides of Canada, the Craigdarroch Castle Museum Society and the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. Maja, also a former Toastmaster, completed the Leadership Victoria program in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious Alumni Award in 2015.
While serving in office, Maja has been honored to represent the interests of Sooke residents on various panels throughout the region and the province, including:
- Sooke Region Primary Health Care Services Working Group – Chair
- Sooke Community Health Planning Steering Committee & Western Communities Primary Care Network Steering Committee
- Union of BC Municipalities: First Vice President, Health & Social Development Chair & Presidents Committee, Joint Provincial/Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation, Community Para-medicine Provincial Advisory Committee, Access to Justice – Leadership Council, Toward’s Parity Project (UBCM & FCM initiative).
- FCM – Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Committee member (Community Safety & Crime Prevention, Increasing Women’s Participation in Local Government, Social Economic Development, Rural Forum), Board Observer
- CRD: Capital Regional District Board, Hospital Board & Housing Corp – Director, Sooke & Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission (SEAPARC), Finance and Governance Committee, Parks & Environment Committee and First Nations Relations Committee – Chair
- Victoria Regional Transit Commission
Maja’s international heritage has taken her abroad to places like India, Europe and Singapore and she continually enjoys global adventures with her family. Weekends will find her enjoying quiet moments in her garden and exploring the Sooke hills via mountain bike.
Contact Mayor Tait at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Desk of the Mayor (Ongoing Updates):
- Mayor’s Inaugural Address – November 5, 2018
- Council Greetings November 2018
- FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR – August 2017
- FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR – Community Fire Protection
- FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR – Digital Signage on Four Lanes
- FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR – OCP Refresh
- FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR – CRD Updates
- FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR – Holiday Greeting