VIRL Board of Trustees elects Executive Committee and Officers of the Library Board at 2018 AGM

January 31, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Nanaimo, BC – On January 20, 2018, the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Board of Trustees held its Annual General Meeting and selected its officers and Executive Committee members for 2018.

Barry Avis, who represents the Town of Qualicum Beach, was re-elected as Board Chair. Barry has been a member of the VIRL Board since 2015, as well as having served on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee in previous years. Steve Arnett, from the Town of Ladysmith, was elected as Vice-Chair. Steve was appointed to the Board in 2012. Both Barry and Steve will sit on the Executive Committee as part of their duties.

The following nine members at large were also elected to serve on the Board of Trustees 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 of Trustees 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 Board of Trustees, 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, please visit us at


For more information
David Carson
Divisional Manager, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651