VANCOUVER ISLAND, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Comox Valley Airport
Commission (CVAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Fred Bates
as a Director of the Board.
"I have known Fred for many years and it is with great pleasure that I
confirm his appointment to the CVAC Board of Directors," said Chair
Linda Oprica. "Fred's knowledge, integrity and leadership will be a
huge asset to our organization and I am extremely optimistic about the
diverse and experienced team that we have moving forward."
Fred brings 15 years of political experience in the Comox Valley with
him to the position. As the mayor of Cumberland for three terms, he was
responsible for overseeing its transition as a community. He was also
Chair of the Regional District and the Regional Hospital district.
Fred received the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 for his work in
local government and promoting stronger economic relations with central
Vancouver Island and China.
"The airport is one of the largest economic drivers in the Comox
Valley," said Bates. "I am so pleased to have the opportunity to
contribute to such an important organization. I look forward to
collaborating with the CVAC Board to help ensure the airport's
In addition to his political career, Fred spent 30 years with the
British Columbia Ambulance service, including serving as Executive
Director for the province. He was inducted into the St. John's order
of Canada in 1991, the same year he returned to Cumberland and became
involved in local politics.
Fred will serve as a Member at Large, filling the vacancy left by
long-serving member Russell Irvine. He attends his first board meeting
later this month.
The Comox Valley Airport Commission is the governing authority for the
operation of the Comox Valley Airport. The nine-member Commission is
broadly representative of the Comox Valley community and its members
are nominated by the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village
of Cumberland, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), the Comox
Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Comox Valley Economic Development
CVAC is a federally incorporated, non-profit entity. It was established
through letters patent in 1996.
SOURCE: Comox Valley Airport
For further information:
Comox Valley Airport
Phone: 250-890-0829 ext. 253