Ian Thorpe was acclaimed to remain chairman of the Regional District of Nanaimo board and Vanessa Craig was elected as the RDN’s new vice-chairwoman. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo’s Thorpe stays on as RDN board chair, Gabriola director elected vice-chair

Ian Thorpe acclaimed as regional district chairperson; Vanessa Craig elected vice-chairperson

The Regional District of Nanaimo will have both a familiar face and new face heading its board for the next year.

The RDN held what it calls its ‘inaugural’ 2019-2020 board meeting Tuesday night, with Ian Thorpe acclaimed as board chairperson and Vanessa Craig elected as board vice-chairperson.

Thorpe will chair all board meetings and Craig will chair in Thorpe’s absence.

According to a press release, regional districts are provincially mandated to elect chairpeople and vice-chairpeople on an annual basis and Thorpe, a City of Nanaimo director, and Craig, Gabriola Island-area director, were chosen by the RDN’s 19-member board.

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Thorpe previously served as chairperson this past year and this will be Craig’s first time serving as vice-chairperson.

Bob Rogers, director for Nanoose Bay, also ran for vice-chairperson, a position he held the previous year.

For information on how to contact members of the RDN board, go to www.rdn.bc.ca/regional-board.

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