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Leslie Baird was first nominated and elected as Councillor of the Village of Cumberland in 1990 and has run successfully in each following election. Leslie was elected by acclamation as mayor in 2011 and 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
Leslie was born in Comox and raised in Cumberland. She began her working career when her youngest son started school full time and she received her certificate as a long term care aid. Leslie worked for Comox Valley Home Support for eighteen years. During that time Leslie was the shop steward and represented the union on the provincial negotiating team.
Leslie has been an active member of the Cumberland Empire Events Society for 26 years where she now helps coordinate the May Queen luncheon and assists with February’s heritage fair and lantern festival. More recently, Leslie has become an active member of the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial and a supporter of its literacy program. Leslie is also a long serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #28.
With her husband John, Leslie raised two sons in Cumberland, now grown and both living in Grande Prairie, Alberta with their families. John worked at the Campbell River pulp and paper mill for forty two years, and was a member of the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department for twenty five years, the last eight years as chief. Leslie and John are now both retired.
Message from the Mayor
Welcome to the Village of Cumberland, a community that cherishes the past and looks forward to the future.
The rich history of Cumberland traces its roots back to 1888. Originally founded as a coal mining town by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, Cumberland was a bustling commerce centre and home to a diverse mix of residents and large European, Japanese and Chinese communities.
Although the last active coal mine in the community closed in 1966, the diverse mix of residents has returned, and Cumberland is home to a thriving historical business centre, world-class recreational pursuits, and an eclectic and flourishing arts scene.
Our small, walkable Village centre is the perfect place to spend a weekend or a lifetime. Close to major centres, yet a liveable, safe and friendly community has made Cumberland home to a strong group of long time residents, and an attractive place for young families to relocate.
I encourage you to visit our unique community, visit our local businesses, hike and bike our local trails, participate in local events and see what makes Cumberland such a great place to be.
Leslie Baird, Mayor
Village of Cumberland