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SOS welcomes 2 new board members, remembers Garry Cox

Newton: ‘He will be greatly missed’
The new SOS board of directors, back row from left, Mike Cochrane, Sally Hamel, treasurer Brandon Charlesworth, Penny Shantz, vice board chair Paul Ruffell and Karen Corkery. Front row, from left, Dawn House, board chair Jennifer Mullett, Andrea Manson, and executive director Susanna Newton. (Lissa Alexander photo)

While welcoming two new volunteer board members at its recent annual general meeting, Society of Organized Services District 69 (SOS) held a moment of silence to honour a past board chair.

“We were sad to announce the passing of Garry Cox,” said Susanna Newton, executive director, in a news release. “Garry was a strong supporter of SOS and our community, and a remarkable person. He will be greatly missed.”

Cox became involved with SOS in 2003 and joined the board in 2004. He served his first tenure of eight years, took a year off, and returned as a director in 2013. He served as board chair for four years and was made an honorary director on his retirement last year, according to the release.

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A new board was elected and the society welcomed new directors Karen Corkery and Sally Hamel. Three SOS directors retired: Jo Dunn (three years) Anne Thompson (three years) and Martin Fereday (six years).

SOS honoured staff for years of service milestones: Cheryl Hogan (five years), Jolene Swanson (five years), Paulette Harcourt (10 years), Alice Tulia (10 years) and Gwen Taylor (20 years).

The SOS Annual Report was also presented. To view the society’s annual report, and for more information, visit

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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