Council Members

Mayor Ross Forrest


Ross Forrest

The Mayor is the head of council and the Chief Executive Officer of the municipality. First elected to council in 2008, Mayor Forrest has, with the assistance of council, been focused on the improvement of the health and welfare of the residents of Lake Cowichan.

Before Mayor Forrest was elected to council, he was active in the community in various capacities such as being the Past President of the Lake Cowichan Minor Baseball, past executive member of L.C. minor hockey, past chair of the Lake Days Committee, and in 1996 was awarded the Lake Cowichan Citizen of the Year. Ross is married with two children and a grandson.

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Councillor Carolyne Austin


Carolyne Austin

Born and raised in the lower Vancouver Island, Councillor Austin was elected to council in 2014. She has been involved with the curling club, community forest co-op, the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Married with a daughter, Carolyne is excited about the future of the town.

Councillor Bob K. Day


Bob K. Day

Counciilor Day has been serving on the Lake Cowichan council as a council member since 2008. He presently is the municipal director on the Cowichan Valley Regional District. In his spare time Bob is involved with music, fishing, and activities related to economic growth in the area. Since he moved to Lake Cowichan, he has been a member of the Cowichan Lake Seniors' Society, Lake Days' Society and many more organizations.

Councillor Tim McGonigle


Tim McGonigle

In 20014 Councillor McGonigle was re-elected to his fourth term on council. He has performed the duties of Deputy Mayor, been chair on various committees and has been a past municipal director of the CVRD.

Councillor Lorna Vomacka


Lorna Vomacka

Councillor Vomacka is the Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture committee in Lake Cowichan. She became a member of council in 2014. A large part of Lorna’s time is devoted to mentoring the youth of our community. Her other interests have included being involved with the Lady of the Lake Society and the activities of the Ohtaki Committee.