Victoria City Council

"Passion For Serving People."


Charlayne, with husband Phil, a Transit bus driver,

“Charlayne Thornton-Joe is one of my former students and I am so proud of the human being that she is .......  caring, considerate, knowledgeable, compassionate, fully aware of the needs of her Community, giving of herself far beyond the norm and fun-loving.  I fully support Charlayne in her quest for re-election as a Victoria City Councillor.
Linda Johnstone, Retired Teacher, Lambrick Park Secondary School

“Over the years I have been amazed at, and supported by, Charlayne's profound commitment to the health of Victoria. I've been amazed at her energy, seemingly never stopping, with which she provides leadership in settings ranging from policy meetings to hands-on street care.  And I've been supported to know that someone of her integrity and commitment is prepared to serve in public office to help make this city the place of health and dignity it is called to be.
Rev. Harold Munn

“Words to describe Charlayne……..a rare gem. Tirelessness community service. Dedicated to the public good. Listen, hear and act. Going beyond the ordinary.  Humble and genuine.  A great human being and a friend.  A must-have Councillor for Victoria.
Nelson Lah, dedicated former public servant and former Chair of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Inter Cultural Association, Victoria Chinatown Lions Club and various community organizations

“Charlayne works tirelessly to provide better animal welfare through by-law legislation. She has worked closely with myself and other animal welfare groups to strengthen and modify existing by-laws to better protect our animals and how we deal with them. Her penchant for volunteer work, conviction to her community, and her focus on the issues that matter, make Charlayne the perfect community representative. She is approachable, and adds value to the overall business and community process. Charlayne is a true joy to talk with and I enjoy working with.
Penny Stone, Founder & Executive Director, Victoria Humane Society

“Charlayne is deeply committed to improving our community for everyone.   She is knowledgeable of the issues  and drives for solutions that are tempered with realism and compassion.  She is a true civic leader who gets things done.
Dr. Bernie Pauly,  University of Victoria

“Charlayne has been very supportive in accomplishing the goals of the DVBA during the past 6 years, by way of example, in assisting in creating the annual Christmas and Canada Day events.  She has been extremely supportive of the Clean team creation and assisting with street issues over these years as well.
Darlene Hollstein, Past Chair, Downtown Victoria Business Association

“Charlayne’s positive involvement and leadership in a wide range of civic affairs goes back many years.  During her terms on Council, she has continued her enthusiasm, commitment and hard work at the grass-roots level to achieve results.  She listens to people, helps solve problems and follows through every time.  Victoria needs Charlayne at City Hall.
John Adams, Historian

“Charlayne Thornton-Joe is a dedicated and hard-working community leader…. She always considers opinions and suggestions of other people and is an excellent Councillor.”
Dr. David Chuenyan Lai, Centre on Aging, University of Victoria

“Charlayne Thornton-Joe is a woman of the people. She has worked unceasingly to find solutions to improving the downtown core and its challenges. She has built strong relationships with the City’s business partners, tourism and has won the highest respect from all.”
Kathy Summers, Past Executive Director of Craigdarroch Castle

“There are no easy answers to the mental health, addiction and homelessness issues that affect the fabric of Downtown Victoria. Charlayne is a skilled observer, and an even better listener. She brings a thoughtful and balanced approach to these complex concerns.”
Gordon Harper, Executive Director of Umbrella, An Addictions and Mental Health Resource

“Charlayne Thornton-Joe cares deeply about the community and people of Victoria….Charlayne Thornton-Joe continues to be an excellent councilor because she knows how to listen to all sides of an issue, keep the people affected in mind and make a fair decision.”
Jean McRae, Executive Director of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Vic West resident

“Charlayne cares for people and the community, and she has a good balanced approach, and she listens. She is doing a great job on city council.”
Ben Pires, Honourary Citizen of Victoria 2000

“Charlayne’s broad spectrum of volunteer work, her personal convictions and selflessness, and her community activism have influenced those around her and have motivated them to action. She has in her community work, bettered our society. Charlayne is an exemplary member of our community.”
Alice Lo, Past President of Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club

“Charlayne is an extremely hard worker who cares about Victoria. Some people run for City Council and they are the wrong kind of person for the job, or they run for the wrong reasons. I think Charlayne is the right kind of person, and she’s running for the right reasons.”
Michael Nation, Honourary FolkFest Mayor 2000

“Charlayne Thornton-Joe....Unwavering in her commitment to make City of Victoria a more inclusive, safe and community-minded place.”
Marilyn Erikson, Recovery Coach/Youth Mentor