Area E - Elphinstone
Population: 3,664 (2016 Census)
Growth rate: 5.2% (2011 Census)
Dwellings: 1,549 occupied private dwellings
Area: 21 sq. km.
Elphinstone is a small, but populated area surrounding the north, west and south of Gibsons. The southernmost area in the SCRD, Elphinstone is home to an agricultural plateau where early farm settlements are still operational. Elphinstone also includes large tracts of undeveloped land, small businesses, residential areas, parks and a pioneer cemetery.
There are several public beaches, parks, greenways, major creek corridors and ravines running throughout the area, which are linked together with walking and bicycle trails. The Ocean Beach Esplanade is a waterfront area that serves as a recreation focal point for the entire community; another major attraction along the Esplanade is Chaster House, a waterfront home that is a popular rental place for community and private events.
Director Lorne Lewis
Lorne Lewis was elected as Director for Area E - Elphinstone, in November 2005. This is Lorne’s fourth term of office; he currently serves as Chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee and the Sunshine Coast Policing Committee. Lorne Chaired the Sunshine Coast Property Assessment Review Panel for nine years; and has been an active member and Vice-Chair of the Elphinstone Electors Association.
Born in Victoria and raised in Quesnel, Lorne worked for BC Ice and Cold Storage in Vancouver for a number of years and served three-terms as a member of their labour relations negotiating committee.
Lorne moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1980 in order to resume a rural life style and spend more time helping his community. He has been a realtor since 1982. Lorne is an advocate for environmental causes and is a strong defender of our drinking water sources and watersheds.
Lorne has been an avid bridge player since his teens. He was founding president of the Gibsons Paddle Club, where he acted as membership director for several years and actively participated in the outrigger race committee. A shoulder injury forced Lorne to stop paddling in 2005. He has been an active volunteer at both Cedar Grove Elementary and Elphinstone Secondary School.
Lorne and his wife Anne were married in 1974 and have two children, Ryan and Shannon.