Pages re-elected chair of regional district

  • Jan. 6, 2010 7:00 a.m.

Masset mayor Barry Pages has been re-elected chair of the Skeena-Queen Charlotte regional district for another year. Acting administrator Helen Koening said Prince Rupert mayor Jack Mussallem was also nominated for the position when regional district directors last met Dec. 18, but was defeated by Mr. Pages in an election among the 10 directors. Mr. Mussallem was then acclaimed as the vice-chair for the coming year, a position he also held last year. Ms Koening said four of the islands directors – Cory Delves, Carol Kulesha, Evan Putterill and Brad Setso – attended the meeting by teleconference due to the weather. This decision was applauded by a member of the public, Ms Koening said, for reducing carbon emissions. Having directors attend by teleconference also saves the regional district money. Ms Koening said there has been some general informal discussion about the possibility of the regional district changing its name in light of the provincial government’s announcement last month that it will officially change the islands name to Haida Gwaii. The issue will likely be on the agenda when the regional district holds its next meeting, Jan. 22 in Prince Rupert. In other news, the regional district has hired a new treasurer who starts work Jan. 11. Keri Weick is from Prince Rupert and previously worked for the Port Edward Harbour Authority. “I think she’s going to make a great contribution to the regional district,” Ms Koening said. Directors made several committee appointments, including Gladys Noddin to the board of the Haida Gwaii Museum, Mr. Putterill to the Vancouver Island Regional Library board and the BC Ferries Advisory Committee, and Mr. Delves to the QCI Rec Commission.