Area C director Edwin Grieve retained his position as chair of the Comox Valley Regional District board by acclamation at Tuesday’s inaugural meeting.
Courtenay director Jon Ambler was acclaimed as vice-chair. They will serve in these positions for the next year.
This will be Grieve’s third term as chair. He and nine other directors oversee activities and services the district delivers to nearly 64,000 residents.
“We are all in the same canoe and may as well be paddling in the same direction, because what affects one of us affects us all,” Grieve said. “Our future requires a collaboration. I encourage discussion — even passionate discussion — but always with decorum. We have a good team and we can cover good distance. Whether it’s a new deep water intake, a new hospital, environmental protection, managed growth — we just need to work together and we can accomplish so much.”
Directors, who elect the chair and vice-chair position each year, serve a three-year term. The board is comprised of directors appointed by municipal mayors and councillors, and elected representatives from electoral areas A, B and C.
Grieve commended Comox director Patti Fletcher for her efforts over the past year as vice-chair.
He also welcomed Bill Anglin, a new member of the board who sits on Courtenay council.
Along with Anglin and Ambler, Courtenay is also represented by Starr Winchester and Manno Theos.
Remaining board members are Tom Grant (Comox), Gwyn Sproule (Cumberland), Bruce Jolliffe (Area A) and Jim Gillis (Area B).