Newcomers join tree fruit co-op

Two long-time tree fruit growers were overturned in their bids for re-election to the board of directors

JUDIE STEEVES

Black Press

Two long-time tree fruit growers were overturned in their bids for re-election to the board of directors of the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-operative at its annual general meeting in Peachland Tuesday afternoon.

Sam DiMaria, representing growers in the northern half of the valley was voted out in favour of newcomer Kamlesh Parmar. Both are Kelowna growers.

Jack Machial was outvoted by Gordon Hahn of Oliver to represent growers in the southern half of the valley in the election.

Both DiMaria and Machial had served on the board since 2009 and they were the only two board members up for re-election.

Members of the board will elect a president and vice-presidents from those elected during the coming week.

At last year’s AGM, two of three incumbents were also voted out of office, with Karmjit Gill of Kelowna elected to represent the north.

Kirpal Boparai and Colin Pritchard, both of Kelowna, tied for the second seat and the board later elected Pritchard.

At that time, board chairman Jim Elliot of Oyama did not run for re-election.

Representing growers in the south, Ron Vollo of Summerland was re-elected, but Darshan Jassar of Penticton unseated incumbent Claude Moreira on the board.

The other members of the board include Rob Dawson of Cawston, currently serving as president, vice-president Malcolm Mitchell of Winfield, Gill, Philip Patera of Kelowna, Pritchard, Nirmal Dhaliwal of Osoyoos, Jassar and Vollo.

At the 2010 agm, Glen Cross of Kelowna was defeated by Patera and Joe Hart of Naramata was defeated by Dhaliwal.