Darnelda Siegers is the new mayor of Sechelt after capturing 61.1 per cent of the vote. Siegers earned 2,513 votes to defeat incumbent Bruce Milne and third-place candidate Allan Holt, according to CivicInfo BC.
Sechelt also elected six fresh new faces for council in Janice Kuester, Brenda Rowe, Eric Scott, Alton Toth, Matt McLean and Thomas Lamb.
Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates in Sechelt.
Bruce Milne (incumbent)
Darren Inkster (incumbent)
Alice Lutes (incumbent)
Mike Shanks (incumbent)
Doug Wright (incumbent)
Sechelt is located on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, at the mouth of Sechelt Inlet. It’s about a 23-kilometre drive from Gibsons.
“Sechelt” — a Sunshine Coast community whose name is based on that of the Shishalh, a people who lived on the peninsula for millennia before the coming of European settlers.
“Shishalh” means “land between two waters,” and it was a place where hunters, traders and farmers thrived for many years. The people are also known for their woodwork, with totem poles, canoes, cedar baskets and animal carvings among their creations.
The 19th century would see the beginning of European settlement, with a Catholic mission setting up there.
One of its most prominent settlers was Herbert Whitaker, who owned sawmills, logging camps, cottages and a hotel. He also served as postmaster. He also ran a wharf that received ships from the Union Steamship company.
As the 20th century dawned, Sechelt would come to attract loggers and tourists.
Ferry service was extended to Sechelt in 1951 from Horseshoe Bay, hearkening the end of the Union Steamship Company’s time there.
Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median
Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016/B.C.
58.34 (-7.57)/93.63 (-0.71)
Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016
48.55 (+26.43)/74.86 (-9.81)
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Liberal)
Nicholas Simons (BC NDP)