Group gathers for March meeting at Rota Villa. Brian Brady is pictured at right.

Status quo for Castlegar’s Rota Villa operation

New board elected during June 13 AGM for housing facility

  • Jun. 17, 2013 1:00 p.m.

It was back in March of this year that a special meeting had called for the residents and board members of the Rota Villa Housing Society in Castlegar.

The continuing administration of the residential facility which caters to those on fixed incomes was in some doubt as some residents were in favour of the reins being taken up by BC Housing, while others were not.

A vote was held, and while a 64 per cent majority preferred BC Housing guidance, the required majority was 75 per cent.

“Our meeting in March resulted in the society remaining as is and electing a new board,” said outgoing society secretary Brian Brady in an email following the society’s June 13 Annual General Meeting.

“Thursday night a new board was elected,” Brady’s email continued, “headed by interim chair Elmer Williams, Barb Olson as Secretary, Marian LaBrie as treasurer, and directors Terry Kaufman, Doug Patan, Joan Hall, and Bob Ferguson. One additional director is awaiting confirmation. It appears that this group wants to make things work locally, but will be hindered, in my opinion, because five are tenants and will be in a conflict of interest in many situations. Interest from outside Rota Villa seems to have dwindled since the March meeting.”

Some residents of the 40-suite seniors facility (11th Street and 7th Avenue) had had issues with with a possible change in the administration of the complex – directed for a number of years by an independent society following it’s original construction which had been arranged by Castlegar Rotarians.

An interested onlooker in this ongoing issue has been Castlegar city councillor Deb McIntosh, who was also in attendance at the June 13 AGM.

Members of the board were encouraged to take an active role in overseeing the day to day operation of the Villa, and taking also, according to McIntosh, a pro-active approach toward the long-term future of the facility.

“It’s good that there are people coming on board to help them out,” said the councillor on June 15, “it’s up to them to get the board going and keep it going.” McIntosh emphasized that the ball is in the board’s court.

“They have a full slate of officers and hopefully they can take it to the next step now, which is either declining BC Housing’s offer, or running it as a society. But they have a big job ahead of them and I hope they’re up for the task.

Sandy McCreight (seniors advocate) and I have offered to be on the outside as advisors, in an unofficial capacity, to help them move things forward.”

Just Posted

Castlegar family in need of ‘Christmas miracle’ to treat 4 year old’s diabetes

All Jack Sekel wants for Christmas is a monitor that neither insurance or government will provide.

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Goalie from Castlegar grabs lacrosse league MVP award

Kyle McIntosh also selected top goalie at Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Awards

Kootenay Gallery of Art offers hand-made gifts

Christmas at the Gallery is open seven days a week.

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

Kootenay woman victim of a broken health system

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms marks completion of $381 million project

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Most Read