RDN directors say farewell to CAO

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Directors for the Regional District of Nanaimo said farewell to outgoing chief administrative officer Phyllis Carlyle at the last board meeting before Carlyle’s departure.

At the July 27 board meeting, board chair Tyler Brown noted some of Carlyle’s accomplishments, starting with the memorandum of understanding struck with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to see through the Village Way Path on Gabriola.

The pilot project “may seem simple on the surface,” Brown said, “but I know personally … how difficult it was to get the project to the stage it is now. It’s given an example for how we can move forward on legitimate concerns on pedestrian connectivity.”

Other projects and work highlighted included the solid waste management plan update and zero waste targets, expansion of the transit fleet to compressed natural gas and the completion of the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre secondary treatment upgrade.

“The job that she has held for the last five years is undoubtedly a hard one,” Brown said. “It’s a diverse, broad board and diverse region with many challenges, and not many people have the pressure of such a role.”

Doug Holmes, who was most recently CAO for Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, takes over the role on Aug. 23.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

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