New RDNO chairperson calls for co-operation among partners

Patrick Nicol takes on top duties at regional district board

  • Dec. 7, 2011 7:00 a.m.
Veteran Vernon politician Patrick Nicol is the new chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan

Veteran Vernon politician Patrick Nicol is the new chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan

The new chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan wants infighting to end.

Director Patrick Nicol was elected as chairperson during the inaugural meeting of the board Wednesday.

“I really believe in the regional district and we represent all of the region. I’ve never believed in a segmented version,” he said.

Nicol is the first Vernon politician to lead RDNO since it was formed in 1965 and he was nominated by Coldstream director Doug Dirk.

Nicol believes recent conflicts between Vernon, Coldstream and RDNO can be resolved.

“I’m hopeful the significant issues that come before us will be done in a sense of co-operation. Thia organization deserves strong leadership and co-operation,” he said.

A similar message came from outgoing chairperson Herman Halvorson, who did not seek re-election Nov. 19.

“I hope everyone pulls together and makes this a strong regional district. It once was and can be again,” he said.

The 13-person board includes new directors from Enderby, rural Enderby, BX-Swan Lake, Spallumcheen and Vernon.

Re-elected as vice-chairperson for the next year is rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn.