Black Press file photo Vancouver Island Regional Library’s chair of the board of trustees Barry Avis, left, with David Carson, divisional manager of corporate communications and strategic initiatives at an open house in January for the new Chemainus library branch.

Qualicum Beach councillor re-elected as VIRL board chair

Barry Avis has been a member of the Vancouver Island library board since 2015

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.

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