- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:45
- Written by editor
Recently the municipality of Saanich has lost an environmental
hero, visionary, conservationist, and educator, municipal councillor
Vic Derman. I join all Saanich residents in sending my heartfelt
condolences to his family and friends.
Vic was always a strong voice for a sustainable Saanich. He was one
of the cofounders of the land conservancy of BC, he was instrumental
in the protection of farmland, and a reliable voice for a green
Vic’s passing has left a large hole in council and thrown his
legacy of environmental protection and sustainability in Saanich into
question. This legacy is too precious to be eroded. In this time of
grief, it is up to each of us to do whatever we can to honour Vic’s
legacy and fight for his dream of a greener, safer, more prosperous
I have lived, studied, worked and farmed here in Saanich since my
childhood, raising my children here and working hard to build our
community. I have been an organic food grower at Madrona Farm for
thousands of Saanich residents. Vic’s vision for a sustainable future
resonates deeply with me.
That’s why I've worked with organizations including the Raincoast
Conservation Foundation, The Land Conservancy, and the Social
Environmental Alliance. It’s why I spearheaded the campaign to protect
local farms and stop the industrialization of the Blenkinsop Valley,
and it’s why I founded the Big Dream Farm Fund Society and the
Farmland Protection Coalition.
I believe that Vic Derman's legacy of environmental advocacy and
public service need to be protected and his vision grown to meet new
I know we all have to do our part to build a community we can be
proud to call home. That is why I am announcing my candidacy for
election to Saanich Council, to continue building on Vic's inspiring
legacy of providing a strong, independent voice for a sustainable
Saanich. There is a lot of work ahead, I know that, but together I
truly believe that we can protect our precious legacies and sustain a
brighter future for our community.
I hope you will join me in this important work.
“I think Nathalie's deep respect for neighbourhoods and community plans means she'll bring a strong voice for sustainable growth to Saanich Council.”
-David Cubberley, former Saanich Councillor and MLA
“Nathalie Chambers has devoted her life to promoting local food
production and environmental quality. She and her husband David have
been the stewards of Madrona Farm for 15 years, and have excelled in
community involvement, supporting educational programs around
sustainable agriculture, and helping to preserve the precious soils
and farmlands of Saanich. Author of the book,Saving Farmlands, she has
hands-on experience that she will devote to her position on
-Nancy Turner, Trudeau Fellow and Emeritus Professor, University of Victoria Environmental Studies
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