Qualicum Beach Coun. Barry Avis has been re-elected chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library board.
Avis, who represents the Town of Qualicum Beach, has been a member of the VIRL board since 2015, as well as having served previously as a member of the board and executive committee.
Steve Arnett, from the Town of Ladysmith, was elected as vice-chair.
The following nine members were elected to serve on the library board’s executive committee: Gordon Waterman, Village of Gold River; Howard Houle, Regional District of Nanaimo; Brenda Leigh, Strathcona Regional District; Ron Kerr, City of Campbell River; Jay Dixon, Town of Port McNeill; Diane Brennan, City of Nanaimo; Jason Thompson, Village of Masset; Manno Theos, City of Courtenay; Fred Robertson, District of Port Hardy.
Newly appointed members to the board this year include Peter Wainright, Town of Sidney; John Coulson, Town of Lantzville; Cathy Thicke, Village of Tofino and Tom Walker, Municipality of North Cowichan.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library, which is comprised of elected representatives from 28-member municipalities and 10 regional districts, administers a budget of more than $36 million.
For more information about the 2018 board of trustees, including elected officers, visit us at virl.bc.ca/about-us/library-board.
— NEWS Staff