Bill Veenhof was acclaimed as Regional District of Nanaimo board chairman at a Nov. 14 meeting. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Veenhof, Thorpe acclaimed as RDN chairman, vice-chairman

Bill Veenhof and Ian Thorpe to lead Regional District of Nanaimo board again in 2017-18

Bill Veenhof will handle chairman duties for the Regional District of Nanaimo board for another year.

Veenhof, RDN Area H director, and Ian Thorpe, representing the City of Nanaimo, were acclaimed as chairman and vice-chairman at the regional district’s 2017-18 inaugural meeting Tuesday.

Veenhof was pleased to chair again. He said the region is “very functional” and will try to show the same support to directors as they’ve shown to him.

“I really don’t think there’s anything new out there,” Veenhof said when asked about priorities for the coming year, which leads up to the municipal election. “There’s no new agendas. It’s [stay] the course, be stable, don’t do anything wild and just run the ship.”

Thorpe said he was honoured and said he didn’t have any individual priorities on his list.

“Certainly as an organization, we’ve established our priorities and we’ll be moving forward with those, so it’s my job to just help [Veenhof] move things along.”

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