Ned Taylor was born and raised in Saanich. Throughout his youth and young adult life he has been heavily involved in the community. While attending Reynolds Secondary, he found time outside of school hours to volunteer with the BC Green Party, fundraise for Cops for Cancer, and advocate for issues in BC through numerous Change.org petitions. During this time, Ned was recognized for these contributions by receiving a Civic Engagement Scholarship and Volunteer Service Award.
Shortly after graduating high school, he ran for Saanich Council in a by-election that was held in 2017 to fill the seat of Late Councillor Vic Derman. While promising to continue Vic’s environmental legacy, Ned surprised many by placing fifth out of ten candidates. After being inspired by this result, Ned got more involved in Saanich by joining multiple Saanich Advisory Committees and the Board for his local Community Association. In 2018 he received the third highest votes out of an eighteen candidate field and became the youngest ever Saanich Councillor and CRD Director. As an elected official, he was a known champion for issues such as climate change, road safety, housing, and youth representation.
Ned was appointed to several leadership roles that included Chairing Saanich’s Parks Committee and Vice-Chairing the CRD’s Environment Committee. He also served on external boards such as that of the Royal and Mcpherson Theatres Society and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. In 2022 Ned made the difficult decision not to run for re-election in the General Municipal Election. Ned cited his desire to have more time to pursue his Commercial Pilots License. Although temporarily stepping away from politics, he remains involved in the community and has since joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Throughout his time being involved in Saanich, Ned has been recognized as a role model for youth in the community, and an individual with a strong skill set and work ethic. He hopes to continue to make a difference in Saanich and the Greater Victoria region.