Al Richmond moves up UBCM ladder

CRD chair Al Richmond elected as second vice-president

The region has secured further representation in lobbying efforts to the provincial government on behalf of local governments.

Cariboo Regional District (CRD) chair Al Richmond was elected to the position of second vice-president at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention and AGM in Vancouver, Sept. 26-30.

“I am pleased to be able to continue to do the work that we are at UBCM. I think the work we did this past year on finance, new options and new sources of revenue for local governments is an important part for all local governments in the province.

“Moreover, I think it is just as important that the Cariboo is represented at the UBCM table.”

He explains UBCM past president and Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom has spent “a lot of years” (seven) looking after the Cariboo’s interests on the board.

Richmond, who has been on the board for five years, adds it is an opportunity to further present that regional and rural perspective.

“It’s an important thing to do. And, I am pleased to be elected by a provincial body to represent them on the board and I look forward to continuing the good work.”

He notes last year also saw 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall representing the region and the North Central Local Government Association on the UBCM board.

In previous years, the board included CRD vice-chair Ted Armstrong, former Quesnel mayor Steve Wallace, and the late, longtime former 100 Mile House mayor Ross Marks who, Richmond says, was UBCM president at one time.

“It’s good to keep the Cariboo represented on UBCM and to provide a rural perspective to the needs of rural B.C.”