Message from the Chair

In November, along with all Local Governments in BC, the CSRD held elections. At the December 2014 inaugural Board meeting the Board saw some changes. Newly Elected Director for Area A, Karen Cathcart, and appointees Director Caleb Moss from the Town of Golden,  Director Mark Mckee from the City of Revelstoke,  Director Terry Rysz from the District of Sicamous and Director Chad Eliason from the City of Salmon Arm were welcomed by returning Director Loni Parker from Area B, Director Paul Demenok from Area C, Director Rene Talbot from Area D, Director Larry Morgan from Area F,  Director Nancy Cooper from the City of Salmon Arm and myself Director Rhona Martin from Area E.

I am honoured to have been elected to Chair our Board by my colleagues and commit to serving all constituents to the best of my ability.

The past year saw some changes to our Recycling Program that have resulted in our constituents having to sort their products before disposing of them.  Although this new system has had some challenges it will result in substantial savings to you, the taxpayers.

Many years ago the CSRD began holding one meeting on the road annually.  This past year it was out to Area D.  The day before the meeting we were invited to tour the Falkland Museum.  Having toured this facility many years ago I was very impressed with the efforts of the volunteers; they have some lovely displays that capture the heritage of the area.  The Board meeting was held in the Community Hall and the Community Association made us all feel very welcome.  This summer I look forward to travelling to Golden where we will be able to see first hand some of the issues that Golden and Area A are working on.

We have been involved with many issues this year such as the Shuwap Watershed Council, the Columbia Basin issues, proposed changes to the Agriculture Land Reserve, the creation of an Agriculture Strategy for the Shuswap to name a few.

These issues continue to be complex and require research and in depth discussion amongst the Directors.  There are some common themes woven throughout, that being water, the social and economic impacts of decisions and the legacy to future generations.

We, as Directors, are supported by excellent staff under the leadership of our Chief Administrative Officer, Charles Hamilton.  We rely on their expertise, and on behalf of the Board, I thank you all for your commitment to our organization.

This past year we saw two very long serving staff leave us, Carolyn Black has moved on to another Local Government and Peter Jarman our Chief Financial Officer has moved on to retirement.  We were sad to see them leave us but we wish them well in their next chapter. 

We are always looking at better ways to engage with our constituents.  This is very challenging as what works for one area does not work well for another.  We do have a Columbia Shuswap Regional District Facebook page to post information on as well as our new web page.  We encourage you to check these out.

This year we look forward to a Strategic Planning session that will help set the goals and objectives for the next few years.

We will be saying goodbye to Colleen Goodey and Irene Jolene as they retire in 2014.  On behalf of the Board I thank them for their years of service.

In closing it must be said that the Columbia Shuswap Regional District as your Local Government is committed to providing the best Regional Governance possible.

- Chair Rhona Martin