Charlayne Thornton-Joe

Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe
c/o 1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC V8W 1P6
Phone: 250.361.0219 (City Hall)
Cell: 250.217.0776
Email: cthornton-joe@victoria.ca

 

Neighbourhood Liaison

  • Downtown Residents Association, including Harris Green - Shared appointment with Councillor Lucas (January 2015 to December 31, 2016)
  • Fernwood Community Association (January 2015 to December 31, 2016)

Regional Service and Civic Committees

  • Canadian Capital Cities Organization Representative - January to December 31, 2015
  • Capital Regional District (CRD) Board 4th Alternate - January 2015 to December 31, 2018
  • Greater Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee - January 2015 to December 31, 2016
  • Regional Housing Trust Fund Commission - January to December 31, 2015

Biography:

Charlayne Thornton-Joe is a third generation Victorian. She attended University of Victoria where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Pacific and Asian Studies. Before being elected to Council, she was employed in the hospitality industry since 1979.

Charlayne has a "passion for serving people" and has been active in the community by volunteering as a Board Member for the Victoria Women's Transition House, served as President for three years on the Board of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, was Interim Executive Director in 2001 for the Lion's Society for Children with Disabilities, and with her husband Phil, co-chaired Vancouver Island's 24 Hour Relay for three years.

Charlayne has also served the Chinese community in various roles. She was Director of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and has also been a member of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club since 1991, serving four terms as President.

For her many years of volunteering, Charlayne was the recipient of the Honourary Citizen of Victoria in 2001, was recognized with a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a Lion's International Brian Stevenson Service Award, and a Zonta Woman of the Year Award.

Since joining Council in 2002, she has been Council liaison to the neighbourhoods of Downtown and Harris Green, has been liaison to Tourism, Heritage and Deputy to Planning. She was the Chair of the steering committee for the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, Mental Illness, Addictions and Homelessness, and is currently a member of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. In 2004, she, along with Constable Rick Anthony, put together an idea and instigated the first Emergency Cold Weather Shelter which today is known as the Extreme Weather Protocol.

Charlayne looks forward to another term on Council and serving the citizens of our Provincial Capital. In her spare time, Charlayne enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing tennis with her husband Phil, an employee of BC Transit.