Leaders: Rhona Martin

Leaders: Rhona Martin

Martin chairs CSRD board

Inaugural meeting: Tie-breakers needed to determine positions.

  • Dec. 10, 2014 7:00 a.m.

There were no shoe-ins for the chair position as the board of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District met for the first time since the municipal election in November.

It took two rounds of voting to elect Area E Rural Sicamous-Malakwa director Rhona Martin as chair and two votes and a coin toss to put Electoral Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok in the vice chair seat.

In the first call for nominations issued by CSRD chief administrative officer Charles Hamilton, Area D Falkland/Salmon Valley/Deep Creek director Rene Talbot nominated Demenok.

Area B Rural Revelstoke director Loni Parker then nominated Martin.

Sicamous’ newly minted Mayor Terry Rysz nominated Parker, who thanked him but turned the nomination down.

Demenok and Martin were given the opportunity to plead their case with the board.

Thanking Talbot for the nomination, Demenok called the opportunity a privilege and ensured he would work very hard.

He pointed out he is a good facilitator and would run effective meetings that were “tough on issues but soft on the people involved.”

Demenok outlined his extensive business experience and his current position as chair of the Shuswap Watershed Council.

Martin thanked Parker for her nomination and pointed out she had previously filled the chair position for six years and would appreciate the opportunity to return to the head of the table.

Martin outlined the experience she has since garnered as president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) and as a representative to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and as a board member of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition.

“I tend to be a team builder and would appreciate your support,” she concluded.

The first round of voting resulted in a tie, with Martin picking up the win in the second round.

Accepting Rysz’s nomination for vice-chair, Parker noted she has been a CSRD director for 21 years and has garnered a wealth of experience in the position and as vice-chair, a position she held previously.

Parker pointed to her work with the Columbia Basin Trust and a community housing society.

“I am committed to the communities in our area and enjoy working with people in various jurisdictions,” she said.

Nominated vice-chair by Talbot, Demenok quipped, “Here we go again,” then advised directors, “I appreciate the nomination, I am honoured… I think I’d do a great job.”

So did half of the directors, who voted for him in the first round of voting, which ended in a tie – as did the second round.

As dictated in the CSRD Procedural Bylaw, Hamilton flipped a coin, giving Parker the opportunity to call heads or tails.

Parker chose tails, the coin landed head-side-up and Demenok became the new vice- chair.

“There’s going to be some interesting discussions around this table – all of us will have projects we want to bring online,” said Martin, noting each one would be subject to the budget process. “I want to says thanks to staff. The public doesn’t get to see their work behind the scene, on the public’s behalf and also the board’s. I am grateful they’re always professional in dealing with the public.”

After calling for a round of applause for staff, Martin gave each director an opportunity to offer a few words of their own.

Talbot said he was glad to be back for another term and looking forward to moving ahead with an agricultural strategy and a management plan for Gardom Lake.

Re-elected to Salmon Arm council and former alternate to the CSRD board, Chad Eliason said he will work hard and do his best.

“Please ask questions,” interjected Martin. “There is really a difference between municipal councils and regional districts.”

Rysz noted he had also had the opportunity to attend CSRD board meetings as an alternate and has high hopes for the new board.

“I believe it’s all about building relationships,” he said. “The relationship between CSRD and Sicamous Council is important to the council and the people.”

Also looking forward to another term, Area F North Shuswap director Larry Morgan said three (previous) years weren’t enough to get things moving.

“I am happy to be back and look forward to working with all of you,” said Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper.

“I guess we’re all happy to be back,” said Parker to laughter, after hearing similar comments from other directors.

Parker pointed out the four-year term will go quickly, but will give directors  time to move their agendas forward.

“It’s good to see new faces and old-timers; it’s like riding a bicycle again,” she said looking at Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee who was recently re-elected mayor of Revelstoke. “I appreciate staff over the last years – the hard work they put out for us and on our behalf.”

“I was not feeling old until I got here, in fact I was feeling pretty good,” McKee joked. “I sat here for six years as mayor of Revelstoke. I was happy with a three-year term – after all I am an old man. We’re going to have fun, we’re gonna get lots done.”

Demenok noted he is looking forward to making progress on some projects and said he believes the new regional district board is comprised of “a good blend of people.”

New to the table is Caleb Moss, a director with the Golden council.

Also new is the representative from Electoral Area A Rural Golden Karen Cathcart, who was unable to attend the meeting.

 

Just Posted

A City of Salmon Arm vacuum truck cleans out the city storm drain on Hudson Avenue in Salmon Arm Monday morning, June 14 after a crane truck blew a hydraulic line, spewing oil onto the road. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Fire trucks called to small oil spill in Salmon Arm

Traffic delayed on Hudson Avenue Monday morning after crane truck blows hydraulic line

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Cody Bandsma practises kiting with his new paraglider wing at Blackburn Park on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
VIDEO: Cody Bandsma reaching new heights over Salmon Arm

Former 100 Mile resident discovers Shuswap by air with powered paraglider

A promotional image for The Wharf Sessions album. (Salmon Arm Arts Centre image)
The Wharf Sessions album pays tribute to Salmon Arm’s long-running concert series

Salmon Arm Arts Centre wanted to give recording opportunity to artists in a tough year

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden schedules Okanagan stop on 2022 Canada-wide tour

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A fire deliberately set in a washroom facility in Vernon’s transit terminal could cost the city around $25,000 to repair. (City of Vernon)
Burned-out bathroom could cost Vernon $25K

Despite changes made by city, vandalism on the rise at transit loop loos

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

A young child has been taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Investigation ongoing after child struck by vehicle downtown Vernon

A young child was taken to hospital Friday with undetermined injuries

David Larsen, left, and co-host Tony Peyton. (K96.3/Twitter)
Popular Kelowna radio host dies after battle with cancer

David Larsen was half of the longtime Kelowna morning-show duo David and Tony

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Most Read