Nanaimo Airport became the central Island’s airport of choice by listening to the people it serves.
A nine-member board of directors ensures the communities in the region are heard. Five of the directors are nominated entities — City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, The Town of Ladysmith, Cowichan Valley Regional District and Regional District of Nanaimo — and appointed by the board. The board appoints the remaining four directors to represent the communities at large.
The broad representation gives constituents a voice in airport decisions.
Lucie Gosselin, a member at large, chairs the board. Another member-at-large, Wendy Clifford, serves as vice-chair. Joining them are Al Tully (RDN), Mike Kandert (City of Nanaimo), Alex Stuart (Ladysmith), Dave Witty (Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce), Mike Brown and Ray Gauthier (members at large), and the board’s newest member, Colleen Johel (Cowichan Valley Regional District). Johel was appointed at the airport’s recent annual general meeting. She succeeds John Craig as the CVRD’s nominee.
A lifelong resident of the Cowichan Valley, she’s the managing partner of the law firm Ridgway & Company in Duncan. She practices corporate and commercial law along with real estate development and wills and estates.
Johel and her fellow directors are local people making local decisions. Their work guides the airport’s role as a transportation hub and economic catalyst. And input from the residents of central Vancouver Island is important in shaping those decisions.
That’s why the airport maintains a variety of tools to gather and share information with the people it serves. You can follow Nanaimo Airport on Facebook, Twitter (#Fly YCD) , a blog and Nanaimo Airport.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about the airport through its annual report available on the website. The 2016 edition uses the theme Stronger Airport, Stronger Communities. It reviews the $229-million economic impact airport operations have on the Central Island economy. It also highlights a variety of projects including expansion and land development, and strategies for the future.