Board of Directors



Nick Kovacs..

Nick Kovacs  – Chairperson    email  Nick Kovacs moved to the Victoria area in April 2000 after completing Basic Officer Trainer with the Royal Canadian Navy.  Since then he has served on several ships, including HMCS Protecteur, HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Algonquin.  Throughout his time in the Victoria area, he was an avid volunteer with the Military Family Resource Centre helping with the Homework Zone and Rainbow programs.  In 2011 he moved to Esquimalt with his wife and immediately became active with the Esquimalt Residents Association; becoming co-chair in September 2011.  He was appointed to the Township of Esquimalt Advisory Planning Commission in March 2012 and currently sits as the Chairman.  In April 2013, he welcomed the birth of his son. His goal with the ERA is to explore ways to expand the ERA’s mandate to better serve Esquimalt residents and to continue building strong relationships with other community associations.
Paula McHale – Vice Chairperson   email   Involved in Creating Community Spaces Initiative and the Little Free Library Project.


Lorne Argyle

Lorne Argyle – Treasurer   email  Lorne’s family has lived in Esquimalt since 1907.  He joined the ERA two years ago.  In addition he serves on the Advisory Planning Commission, the Celebration of Lights, and the Association for Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Sewage Treatment (ARESST).  Lorne volunteers his time to help maintain and enhance life in Esquimalt.


Eleanor Calder

Eleanor Calder – Director   email  Eleanor Calder and her husband Allen moved to Esquimalt in 2005.  Eleanor wanted to know the community so she began to be involved WITH the community through volunteering to be a Walk/Run leader for the 10km training clinics and becoming a Director of ERA for 3 years while teaching at University of Victoria.   Eleanor has served on the former Access Awareness Advisory Committee and has been involved in re-kindling the Esquimalt Lantern Festival.   Eleanor enjoys hiking, being in nature and playing in the SOIL, this is the connection to Saskatchewan roots.  Eleanor’s goal is to influence and support citizens to be involved in the community.
Dave Hodgins – Director
Neil Thomas – Director
John Noyes – Director









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