FVRD Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebrations With Honourary Board Chair

January 25, 2017

In 2017, the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is celebrating 50 years of regional districts in the province of British Columbia. Regional districts were created in September and October of 1967 to more efficiently provide service to the rural areas of the province and to achieve regional economies of scale.

Originally the FVRD was comprised of three separte regional districts and three distinct hospital districts, including Fraser-Cheam, Dewdney-Alouette, and Central Fraser Valley. These organizations were amalgamated in 1995 into the area now known as the FVRD and the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District.

Chair Jason Lum kicked off the year long celebration by introducing the honourary board chair, who will be named each month the board meets throughout the year. Honourees will be chosen to represent past chairs and vice chairs of the FVRD as well as the three former organizations. 

The January honourary board chair is Mr. Walter Kassian. Mr. Kassian served as chair of the Fraser-Cheam Regional District in 1978 and continues to be a familiar face at the board table, serving as the alternate for Electoral Area B. Chair Lum offered Mr. Kassian an opportunity to swing the gavel, share some reflections of his time on the board, and presented him with a commemorative gavel.