METCHOSIN Councillor Moralea Milne killed in vehicle crash

Metchosin Councillor Moralea Milne dies in vehicle crash

Metchosin Councillor Moralea Milne [Photo from the District of Metchosin website]

Monday, July 30 ~ METCHOSIN. District of Metchosin flags were at half-mast today July 30 in honour of Councillor Moralea Milne.  Ms Milne, 68, suddenly passed away on Saturday July 28, in a vehicle crash in Surrey.

[UPDATE AUGUST 2, 2018: A public service for Moralea Milne (1950-2018) will be held Sunday August 5 at 2 pm with the Milne family, friends and Metchosin community at the Metchosin Municipal Grounds, 4450 Happy Valley Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own recyclable water container as this will be an earth-friendly service to honour Moralea’s passion and commitment to the environment. Parking will be at the Municipal Grounds on the front field and additional parking available at the Metchosin School field. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. ]

Crash investigators determined that the driver of an oncoming vehicle had disregarded a stop sign. It was a head-on crash.

“Today is a very sad day for everyone who knew and worked with Moralea, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family now,” said Metchosin Mayor John Ranns.

“Moralea made many thoughtful contributions to important policy decisions on Council and her voice will be missed. She cared deeply about Metchosin and the environment and in addition to being an outstanding Councillor, served her community well in many other ways,” Mayor Ranns said in a news release.

Moralea was first elected to the District of Metchosin in 2008. During her tenure she served on many important committees and Boards including, Finance and Administration Committee Chair, Finance and Environment Committee Chair, Environmental Advisory Committee, West Shore Parks and Recreation Society Board Member, CRD Regional Housing Trust Fund, Greater Victoria Public Library Board, among others. She was an active and dedicated member of Council. She was known for her diligence in all financial matters, always with the goal of getting the best value for taxpayers as well as being instrumental in solidifying the great relationship between Metchosin Council and Beecher Bay Scia’new First Nation.

“Our hearts go out to Moralea’s family, she leaves behind a wonderful and strong family and I know they will be a great source of comfort and support to one another,” it was posted on the District of Metchosin website today at 2 pm.

Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton opened her Council’s meeting this evening with her heartfelt expression of support for the Milne family. “There are some heartbroken people in the District of Metchosin today,” said Hamilton. Colwood Council members signed a card expressing their sympathies.

And the Mayor of Langford has provided a statement. “My condolences go out to her family on behalf of the City of Langford,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “Such a tragic loss, the whole region lost a great representative of the people. Her commitment and dedication to making Metchosin a better place for her residents will be missed and difficult to replace.”

District of Sooke Mayor Maja Tait offered her condolences: “I am saddened by the sudden passing of Councillor Moralea Milne. Moralea served her community with kindness and a gracious heart. I wish Moralea’s family and friends comfort and strength during this very difficult time,” said Tait.

Milne was not planning to run for re-election in Metchosin. She was travelling with her husband, age 73, at the time of the accident; he is reportedly in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 37-year-old driver of the second vehicle was also injured in the crash.

“The date and details of a celebration of life have yet to be finalized. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Metchosin Foundation are appreciated,” said the District of Metchosin news release.

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