Community Selections Appointed for Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre Operating Board
The six community volunteer representatives for the Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre Operating Board have been selected and appointed by their respective municipal councils. Earlier this month, the Centre’s Interim Operating Board advertised and requested applications to fill the six citizen Operating Board seats and the response was overwhelming. “We were extremely pleased with the interest received from the community for the citizen positions”, says Greg MacArthur, Town of Truro Councillor and Project Co-Chair. “It was a tough decision as everyone who applied would have brought a specific strength to the table” adds MacArthur.
The Operating Board will be a “not-for-profit” body comprised of two Council appointments each from the Town of Truro and the Municipality of Colchester along with the selected community members. The Operating Board will work closely with General Manager, Jim Lambert, in strategic planning and policy direction for the new health and wellness centre.
The three volunteer citizens selected to represent the Town of Truro are Jamie Muir, Farida Gabbani and Karen McNeil. Jamie Muir is a well-known retired educator and political representative for the Region who will bring much experience and expertise to the Board; Farida Gabbani is the Senior Director for Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation for the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and has extensive experience in recreation facilities that are concerned with the health and wellness of the community and Karen McNeil is a licensed physiotherapist who brings a background in health and fitness and has experience serving as a member on a not-for-profit board.
The County of Colchester is pleased to have selected Nevin Jackson, John Kelderman and Brad Ritcey as their citizen representatives. Nevin Jackson has been employed with the local school board for the past 25 years and is currently the Principal of South Colchester Academy in Brookfield; John Kelderman has been a local business man in the community for 26 years and is currently Owner of Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre and Brad Ritcey has a financial background and currently works for a local CA firm – WBLI Chartered Accountants.
Councils for the County of Colchester and the Town of Truro are extremely pleased to welcome their respective members of the community to the project team. Jim Lambert, along with the entire Board, has many challenges to face in the coming months with the Centre’s opening day just six months away. “Although the responsibilities associated with opening a facility of this magnitude may seem great, we have a very dedicated team, which now includes these six members of the community, working towards a common goal” says Bob Taylor, Mayor of Colchester County and Project Co-Chair. “Since day one, we knew the decision to build this facility would take cooperation from all aspects of the Region to give the community a place to gather, play and thrive” adds Taylor.