Fairbairn named RDNO chair

There are differences of opinion over leadership at the Regional District of North Okanagan.

There are differences of opinion over leadership at the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn was elected chairperson Wednesday after being challenged by Vernon director Juliette Cunningham.

“The chairperson should be from the electoral areas because this is the governance for the electoral areas,” said Fairbairn in a campaign speech to board members.

Cunningham disagreed.

“The chairperson has to represent every jurisdiction equally,” she said.

“I have proven in the last three years that I try to understand the points of view of the electoral areas.”

Fairbairn, who was vice-chairperson, says he gained a lot of skills while serving as interim-chair after Patrick Nicol’s death in January.

“Over the last year, we have experienced a lot of important issues here — parks and water — and I am looking for a smooth transition from the previous council to the new council,” he said.

Cunningham defended the concept of having a chairperson from Vernon.

“City of Vernon representatives have been really dedicated and have proved how we can work together,” she said.

When it came to selecting a vice-chairperson, it was a three-way race between Cunningham, Lumby director Kevin Acton and Coldstream director Doug Dirk. Acton was selected by a majority of directors.


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