Regional District Board elects chair and vice-chair

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Directors Jen Ford and Vivian Birch-Jones return to positions for 2024

Pemberton, BC – The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Board elected its chair and vice-chair for the coming year at the November 22 Board meeting.

Resort Municipality of Whistler Director, Jen Ford, will serve her fourth year as Board Chair, after being re-elected. Electoral Area B Director, Vivian Birch-Jones, returns to the position of Vice-Chair. Both positions were acclaimed.

“I am grateful for the ongoing support of my colleagues,” said Ford. “It is an honour to serve with them on the SLRD Board, and I look forward to the work ahead.”

“Working together at the regional district is an important collaboration, and I am pleased to continue to serve as the vice chair,” added Birch-Jones. 

The SLRD is governed by an 11-member board of directors consisting of four electoral area directors and seven municipal directors (one director from the District of Lillooet, one director from the Village of Pemberton, two directors from the Resort Municipality of Whistler and three directors from the District of Squamish). 

Regional district board composition and voting strength are determined by the formula set out in section 196(2) of the Local Government Act (LGA). 

While municipal directors are appointed to the SLRD Board by their respective municipal councils, electoral area directors are elected in each electoral area during the General Local Election. 

The positions of chair and vice-chair are elected annually by the SLRD Board of Directors.

The current SLRD Board of Directors: 

  • Sal DeMare, Electoral Area A 
  • Vivian Birch-Jones, Electoral Area B (Vice-Chair)
  • Russell Mack, Electoral Area C
  • Tony Rainbow, Electoral Area D 
  • Laurie Hopfl, District of Lillooet
  • Mike Richman, Village of Pemberton
  • Jack Crompton, Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • Jen Ford, Resort Municipality of Whistler (Chair)
  • Armand Hurford, District of Squamish
  • Chris Pettingill, District of Squamish
  • Jenna Stoner, District of Squamish

In addition to serving on the SLRD Board, Directors also serve on standing and select committees as well as on external boards, committees and commissions representing a broad range of issues. The full list of these appointments for the coming year will be available on the SLRD website.

SLRD Board meetings are generally held in the SLRD boardroom at 1350 Aster Street in Pemberton on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings can be attended in person, or viewed via livestream or recording. 
The meeting schedule, location details, agendas and minutes are available on the SLRD website.

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Vanessa Murphy
Communications Coordinator
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Phone: 604.894.6371 x260
Email: vmurphy@slrd.bc.ca

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