Area A: Egmont and Pender Harbour
Population 2,624 (2016 Census)
Growth Rate -2% (2011 Census)
Dwellings 1,381 occupied private dwellings
Area 1,901 sq. km.
Located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast Peninsula, the Pender Harbour area is a complex maze of inlets, islands, coves, and lakes. With more than 100 miles of shoreline reaching three miles inland, the Egmont/Pender Harbour area is home to several marinas and numerous tourist accommodations, artists’ studios, local shops, restaurants, a health centre and the School of Music.
There are several fresh water swimming lakes in the area, as well as extensive hiking and mountain bike trails and diving spots.
The scattered community of settlements clustered around the actual harbour includes Madeira Park, Beaver Island, Garden Bay and Irvines Landing. To the north are Kleindale, Sakinaw Lake, Ruby Lake, Earl's Cove, Egmont, Skookumchuck Narrows and the waterways up Jervis Inlet.
Frank Mauro was elected as Director for Area A, Pender Harbour/Egmont, in November 2011. This is Frank’s second term of office. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Planning and Community Development Services Committee, and Vice Chair of the Corporate and Administrative Services Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional Hospital District Board.
Frank and his wife Joanne first visited the Sunshine Coast in 1972, and since 1988 boated in the area with their family almost every summer. After years of looking they bought a cabin in Garden Bay eight years ago. They have been permanent residents since retiring five years ago. They have three adult sons and two granddaughters.
Frank has worked for 30+ years in mining, ore processing and port materials handling facilities; 25 of those years were in senior management positions. During that time his main duties included planning, organizing and managing the entire life cycle of both small and large projects. He currently works part-time on contract with an engineering consulting firm, mostly from home.
Since moving to Garden Bay Frank and Joanne have renovated and built a major addition to their home, doing most of the work themselves. They both volunteer for community groups. Joanne is involved in the Music Society, the Community Choir, Women’s Connection and Dragonboating. Frank has volunteered for Harbour Authority of Pender Harbour as a director for five years and, for the past three years as chairman. He was invited to join, and now sits on, the Pacific Region Harbour Authority Advisory Committee, which provides a “steering” function for the Small Craft Harbours program of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Frank believes that it is important to preserve the independent rural lifestyle, rich heritage and unique character of the fantastic area we live in and will work responsibly and collaboratively to achieve these goals at the SCRD Board.