New directors elected to Cloverdale BIA board

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Five new directors have been elected to the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association board, edging out several incumbents at last night's annual general meeting.

There were 22 nominees vying for 15 director's seats on the 2014/2015 board of directors. Of the 12 incumbents standing for re-election at the July 9 meeting, nine were re-elected. Two incumbents – Tricia Ellingsen (Tricia's Gems) and Andrea Peter (The Bone & Biscuit) tied after the first ballot was counted, forcing a run off that saw Ellingsen returned to the board.

Helena Lloyd (Mates Uniforms), Marti Dumas (Rusty's Neighbourhood Pub), Yvonne Hogenes (Malary's Fashion Network), Cynthia Dunsmore (Cloverdale Reporter) and Aaron Hotell (Vault Restaurant and Hawthorne Beer Market and Bistro) join incumbents Steve Bednash (Valley Auto Repair), Norma Brown (Lucas Place Mall), Janet Howell (Vera's Burgers) Jim Mason (Mason's Cloverdale Home Furnishings), Ursula Maxwell-Lewis (Quality Wines/Traveling Times), Dean Moore (Michaud's), Frank Redekop (Cloverdale Legion Branch 6), Rob Paterson (Newmac Animal Feds) and Derek Tremblay (Clancy's Meat Co.).

The 2014/2015 executive will be elected at Tuesday's BIA meeting (July 15).

In the night's biggest change for the board, long-serving president Lyle MacMillan announced he will be stepping down, but said he plans to remain involved in an advisory role.

MacMillan, who turns 80 this week, has practiced law in Cloverdale for more than 40 years. His community involvement includes serving on the Cloverdale Board of Trade/Chamber of Commerce, the Cloverdale BIA, the Rotary Club, Surrey Memorial Hospital Board, Cloverdale Legion and more.

His contributions earned applause from members, who thanked him for his years of service.

He was acknowledged along with Cloverdale BIA member Bruno Zappone, who has "a heart as big as this building," Cloverdale BIA executive director Paul Orazietti said.

"These people do it because they love their community," Orazietti added.

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