Maja Tait was first elected to Sooke Council in 2008, served two consecutive terms on Council before being elected as Mayor in 2014.
December 1, 2014 – Mayor’s Inaugural Address
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. Regionally, Maja serves on the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board of Directors, and as the Vice Chair of the CRD Hospitals and Housing Committee. Additionally, she represents Sooke on the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, to which she was appointed in 2016. On a provincial level, Maja was elected to the Executive of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) as Third-Vice President in 2016. She has proudly served as the Vice-Chair of the UBCM Healthy Communities Committee, as well as a member of the President’s Committee for the past year.
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.
From the Desk of the Mayor (Ongoing Updates):