ICET retains Furney

Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney was re-elected to the board of Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) in elections.

Port McNeill Mayor Gerry Furney was re-elected to the board of Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) while late Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham was one of three board members replaced in elections completed last month and announced Thursday in Courtenay.

“We’re still shocked and saddened by Bev’s sudden death, and on behalf of ICET, I’d like to acknowledge her passion and efforts to improve conditions for the entire region,” said ICET Board Chair, Mayor Phil Kent of Duncan, who also thanked outgoing board members Mayor Ted Lewis of Zeballos and Mayor John Henderson of Sechelt for their service and commitment to the ICET Board.

Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne, Comox Mayor Paul Ives, and Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway are the newly-elected members of the ICET Board of Directors. All are from NISCRAC, the North Island Sunshine Coast Regional Advisory Committee, a group that includes Mayors, Regional District Chairs and MLAs from the region.

Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek will continue to serve as Chair of the NISCRAC and ex-officio Board member.

“As Committee and Board members on the Trust, we represent our communities, but we also have a duty to invest in projects and programs that benefit the entire region. I’d like to thank all of the newly elected Board Members for stepping forward to help guide this unique regional investment organization,” said Kent.

In addition to the three newly-elected NISCRAC members, the Central South Island Regional Advisory Committee (CSIRAC) re-elected Mayor John Ruttan of Nanaimo, Mayor Phil Kent of Duncan, Mayor Rob Hutchins of Ladysmith, and Joe Stanhope of the Regional District of Nanaimo to the ICET Board. Gerry Giles of the Cowichan Valley Regional District will continue to serve as CSIRAC Chair and ex-officio Board member.

Both Regional Advisory Committees elect four Board members for two-year terms. The two Regional Advisory Committee Chairs sit on the Board as ex-officio members. The remaining five Board members are appointed by the province for three-year terms.

NISCRAC held elections on May 9. The new Board terms are effective July 15, 2014 to July 14, 2016.