Capital Regional District Announces Election of Board Chairs

Nov 13, 2019

Robert Lapham, Capital Regional District (CRD) Chief Administrative Officer is pleased to announce the elections of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs for the CRD, the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) and the Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) Boards. This marks the start of the second year in a four-year term for each Board following the local general election in October 2018.

Colin Plant has been re-elected as the CRD Board Chair and Denise Blackwell has been re-elected as the CRD Board Vice-Chair. In his remarks, Chair Plant spoke of the importance of community service. “I welcome the opportunity to serve and represent the interests of the Board. Over the past year, I have learned a lot about the breadth of the CRD as an organization and the over 200 services it provides to our residents. I love this region and I want to see it succeed.”

The CRD Board Chair leads a 24 member Board of Directors comprised of locally elected mayors and councillors appointed by their councils and directly elected directors representing Salt Spring Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Juan de Fuca electoral areas. The Chair establishes standing committees, formalizes committee structures, and appoints committee chairs and vice-chairs as part of its governance structure.

In accordance with provincial legislation, representation on the CRD Board balances varying population bases with community interests. Each local government receives one vote for every 5,000 population and receives one director for every 25,000 population, which is reviewed by the Province after each census. Chairs and Vice-Chairs are elected each November. Directors of the CRD Board also serve as Board members of the CRHD and CRHC Boards.

Denise Blackwell has been re-elected as the CRHD Board Chair and Colin Plant has been re-elected as the CRHD Board Vice-Chair. The CRHD, a corporation of the CRD, is committed to improving and sustaining the region’s health infrastructure through its funding partnership with Island Health. The CRHD supports a healthy region by investing in healthcare service and capital strategic priorities, such as The Summit at Quadra Village, a 320-unit long term care facility scheduled to open in early 2020.

Lisa Helps has been re-elected as the CRHC Board Chair and David Screech has been re-elected as the CRHC Board Vice-Chair. The CRHC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the CRD, developing and managing affordable housing for low income families, seniors and persons living with disabilities. As the largest social housing provider in the capital region, the CRHC delivers affordable, attractive, inclusive, sustainable housing.

Responding to community needs, the CRD Board of Directors identifies priorities and sets the strategic course for the CRD over a four-year period, including an annual review of Board Priorities. The CRD’s Corporate Plan outlines actions to deliver on the CRD Board’s Priorities, approved plans and ongoing service commitments.

For more information on the CRD’s priorities and mandate, please visit:

For the complete list of Board Directors, please visit:

Read the Chair's Remarks (PDF)

Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, serving more than 392,000 citizens. Guided by its Board, the CRD works collaboratively to create a sustainable, livable and vibrant region. Visit us online at


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CRD Corporate Communications
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