Foisy retires as Cherryville rep
A fixture in regional politics is retiring.
Eugene Foisy has announced he won’t seek another term in November as Regional District of North Okanagan director. He has represented Cherryville for 20 years.
“It’s time for some new blood. Times are changing,” he said.
Foisy was first elected in a byelection and then was acclaimed to office in every election after that.
“I’ve always appreciated the support of the community. It’s been humbling,” said the 72-year-old logger who has lived in Cherryville since he was 10 years old.
Among the major accomplishments over Foisy’s tenure are the removal of property from the Agricultural Land Commission to allow for development, the introduction of high-speed Internet and the creation of a community forest.
However, Foisy insists he has only played a support role and the major advocates for the various initiatives have come from Cherryville itself.
“The community has some backbone and stands up for each other,” he said.
Foisy admits he has enjoyed his time with regional district staff and directors.
“It’s been a great experience and I will miss the friendships I’ve made. There’s been a lot of companionship,” he said.
Foisy has gained respect at RDNO.
“He’s a quiet guy but when he speaks, it’s common sense he’s saying,” said Jackie Pearase, rural Enderby director, who sits next to Foisy at meetings.
“He has a history of what’s happened before but he’s always focused on the present. He has given Cherryville a voice. He has made sure people understand that the issues in Cherryville are as important as in other communities.”
Rick Fairbairn, RDNO vice-chairperson, says Foisy has been an active member of the board.
“He’s always been a stable influence in terms of his approach with issues,” said Fairbairn. “When he speaks, it makes sense and people listen to him.”