Cariboo Regional District chair Margo Wagner is the first female chair of the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT).
Wagner was acclaimed chair of the NDIT board of directors during the Trust’s annual general meeting April 24 in Prince George.
For the first time since the inception of the Trust, the board has a female chair and an all-female executive committee, according to a press release from NDIT.
Wagner has served on the NDIT board since 2016 and on the Cariboo/Chilcotin Lillooet Regional Advisory Committee since 2012.
She has been the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Electoral Area H Director since 2011 and the CRD chair since 2017. Wagner served as the vice chair of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District from 2012 to 2015 and as chair from 2015 to 2017. She has been the chair of the South Cariboo Rural Caucus for the past four years and served as the CRD’s Finance Committee Chair for two years.
Director Wagner is the Safety Officer and a first responder instructor for Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department and a retired registered nurse.
She is the former president of Canim Lake Community Club and current chair of the Canim Lake Citizens on Patrol.
“I am pleased and honoured to have been elected chair of the Northern Development Board of Directors,” Wagner said in the press release. “I am deeply committed to the economic success of all communities in Northern and Central BC and look forward to working with our esteemed directors to achieve that success.”
Lori Ackerman was acclaimed by the board as the new vice-chair and has been a member of Northern Development’s board for nearly 11 years. She has also served on the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee since 2008. Ackerman is a resident of the Peace Region and has lived in the area since 1980, mostly in the City of Fort St. John, where she has served as mayor since 2011.
NDIT works with communities, First Nations, local government and businesses to build a strong North by investing in economic development in central and northern B.C.