Meet the Mayor & Council

View Royal Town Council is composed of a Mayor and four (4) Councillors:

Mayor David Screech

David Screech was first elected to View Royal Council in 2002. He served as a Councillor from 2002 until 2014 and was elected as View Royal's fourth mayor on November 15, 2014.

Mayor Screech serves as chair to the Finance & Administration Committee for the Town's Committee of the Whole. He is the Town's representative to the Capital Region District's Board, Hospital Board, and Housing Trust Fund Commission, and also serves as the Town's liaison to the Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications Inc. (CREST), the Police Building Liaison Committee, and the South Island Prosperity Association.

The owner of a successful and long standing Victoria area business, he brings his business experience to his work with Council. A long time Victoria area resident, Mayor Screech, along with his wife Jean and their family, moved to North View Royal in 1998. Prior to being elected to Council he was active in the community as Director of the View Royal Community Association, a member of the Parks Advisory Committee, and President of the Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society.

Mayor Screech originally ran for Council on a platform of 'residents first' and firmly believes in this slogan. He encourages View Royal residents or business owners to contact him with any concerns.

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Mayor Screech can be contacted at:

1256 Burnside Road West, Victoria BC V8Z 1N8
Email: mayorscreech@viewroyal.ca
Cell Phone: 250-812-2782

or

c/o View Royal Town Hall
45 View Royal Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 1A6
Email: mayorandcouncil@viewroyal.ca
Phone Messages: 250-479-6800
Fax Messages: 250-727-9551

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Councillor Damian Kowalewich

Councillor Damian Kowalewich has lived in View Royal for 10 years with his wife and children.  He and his family love exploring nature, playing sports, traveling, and spending time in the community. Damian also enjoys hockey, cycling, hiking and reading. 

Damian is employed as a supervisor in the Major Crime Detective Section of a local municipal police department. He is active in community service, and is passionate about giving back and helping the younger generation to feel connected to their community through sports. He coaches JDF Minor hockey and lacrosse, and has cherished his role as a Special Olympics event coordinator.  Damian is past President of the Saaanich Volunteer Services Society, and past Chairperson of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Federal Corrections. Damian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a post-bachelors leadership certificate. 

As a member of the Council’s Committee of the Whole, Damian is Chair of the Public Works & Transportation Committee; which is a topic he knows the community is greatly concerned about.  He will continue to advocate to the different levels of government for a long-term transportation solution for View Royal and the Capital Regional District.  Damian also serves as the liaison for the Town of View Royal, School District #61, and the local parent advisory groups, and is excited to be meeting the members of these groups. 

​Damian is honored to have been elected as View Royal Councillor and is working hard to master the role.  He has continued to meet with residents, employees, and stakeholders in View Royal and will remain fully engaged during his term.  

"My wife and I are proud to be raising our young family in View Royal.  My goal is ensure that I represent this community fairly and to genuinely listen to residents from all walks of life."

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Councillor Kowalewich can be contacted at:

Email: dkowalewich@viewroyal.ca

or

c/o View Royal Town Hall
45 View Royal Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 1A6
Email: mayorandcouncil@viewroyal.ca
Phone Messages: 250-479-6800
Fax Messages: 250-727-9551

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Councillor Gery Lemon

Gery Lemon was elected to her first term on council on October 20, 2018. Gery serves as the Town's representative to the Capital Region District's Climate Action Steering Committee and is the Chair of the Town's Protective Services & Community Services Committee. She also serves as the Town's liaison to the Westshore Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Gorge Waterway Initiative.

View Royal has been home to she and her husband, Graham Hill, since 1992, and for much of that time she has been a close observer of council and the interests of the people of View Royal.

As a communications professional, Gery provides communications advice and services to government and organization leaders and became interested in local government while covering municipal councils as editor of several British Columbia newspapers.

She has volunteered her time and services as former communications chair of the Help Fill a Dream Foundation and in helping B.C.’s Seniors Advocate gather information about the living conditions of seniors in care.

“I am deeply interested in the interests and concerns that affect people where they live. That’s the beauty of local government.  I’m honoured to serve the people of View Royal and look forward to engaging with residents.”

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Councillor Lemon can be contacted at:

Email: glemon@viewroyal.ca
Cell Phone: 250-508-5065

or

c/o View Royal Town Hall
45 View Royal Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 1A6
Email: mayorandcouncil@viewroyal.ca
Phone Messages: 250-479-6800
Fax Messages: 250-727-9551

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Councillor Ron Mattson

Councillor Mattson served as View Royal Councillor from 1990 to 2005 and 2011 to 2014 and has been re-elected for a 7th term.

As a member of Council's Committee of the Whole, Ron chairs the Planning & Development Committee.  He is the Town's representative on the Victoria Family Court & Youth Justice Committee and the Esquimalt Harbour Advisory Committee.

Ron has lived in View Royal with his wife, Linda, and daughter, Sarah, since 1978. Ron has over 25 years of experience in Project and Program Management, and Policy Analysis. His education includes a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and certification as a Professional Project Manager.

Aside from spending time with his family, Ron's hobbies include wood-working (a member of the Island Woodturners Guild), cycling, hiking, and home maintenance.

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Councillor Mattson can be contacted at:

Email: rmattson@viewroyal.ca
Residence Phone: 250-479-7754

or

c/o View Royal Town Hall
45 View Royal Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 1A6
Email: mayorandcouncil@viewroyal.ca
Phone Messages: 250-479-6800
Fax Messages: 250-727-9551

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Councillor John Rogers

Councillor Rogers has served as View Royal Councillor since 1996.

As a member of Council's Committee of the Whole, John chairs the Parks, Recreation, &  Environment Committee. John is the Town's representative on both the Capital Regional District's Regional Water Supply Commission and Arts Commission. He also serves as the Town's liaison to the Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission, the Greater Victoria Public Library Board, and the Friends of Cole Island Society.

John has lived in View Royal for 43 years. He and wife, Maureen, and daughter, Emily, have lived on Prince Robert Drive since 1986. He earned a Bachelor's of Science from degree the University of Victoria. Before retiring in 2010, he had worked as a Systems Analyst for the Solicitor General (20 years) and a Probation Officer (15 years). He was awarded the Corrections Exemplary Services Award in 1998. Aside from spending time with his family, John's hobbies include walking, kayaking gardening and researching local history.

"I am proud of our community," John says, "As a team player, I believe in a collaborative approach with staff, council, residents, developers, municipal neighbours, and others. I am readily available to listen, consider any resident's suggestions and research the issues that are important to our community."

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Councillor Rogers can be contacted at:

525 Prince Robert Drive, Victoria BC V9B 1C9
Email: jrogers@viewroyal.ca
Residence Phone: 250-727-7736
Cell Phone: 250-514-5770

or

c/o View Royal Town Hall
45 View Royal Avenue, Victoria BC V9B 1A6
Email: mayorandcouncil@viewroyal.ca
Phone Messages: 250-479-6800
Fax Messages: 250-727-9551

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