A first term Councillor for Oak Bay, elected in 2018, Esther relocated from Winnipeg to Oak Bay in 2009 with husband, Harry.
A Business Administration graduate (University of Winnipeg), she also holds a Real Estate certification Real Estate Institute of Canada, CCIM, CPM, Building Owners and Managers Institute, and RPA. Esther pursued a career (25 years) in real estate with James Richardson & Sons, Limited out of Winnipeg. In her role as President of Richardson Realty, Esther had responsibility for the commercial real estate portfolio of primarily Canadian properties from BC to Quebec. Retired in 2009, she also served as President of BOMA Manitoba/BOMA Canada and on Board of Governors BOMA International based in Washington, DC. The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.