Am Naqvi of Nelson is joining the Columbia Basin Trust board.

Am Naqvi of Nelson is joining the Columbia Basin Trust board.

Naqvi joins Columbia Basin Trust board

Nelson’s Am Naqvi has been appointed to the Columbia Basin Trust board of directors.

Nelson’s Am Naqvi has been appointed to the Columbia Basin Trust board of directors — replacing one of his former professional partners.

He was one of three new members named today, while five others were reappointed.

Naqvi, a chartered accountant in public practice for over 35 years, is a partner in the firm of Berg Naqvi Lehmann. He will serve a one-year term.

“What’s impressed me most about the Columbia Basin Trust is that it’s been so well governed and managed that it’s been able to use the resources available in the Basin to deliver benefits to Basin residents,” Naqvi said in a news release.

“I’m honoured to serve as a director, and look forward to contributing to the goals of this organization.”

The other new directors are Wendy Booth of Fairmont Hot Springs, who will serve two years, and Laurie Page of Nakusp, who will serve one year.

“We’re pleased to have a board of this calibre, ensuring effective and responsible governance,” chair Garry Merkel said. “Wendy, Am and Laurie each bring complementary strengths to the table, and we’re fortunate to have them with us.”

In addition to Merkel, Greg Deck of Radium Hot Springs, Kim Deane of Rossland, Cindy Gallinger of Elkford, and Paul Peterson of Burton were all reappointed for terms of one to three years.

Continuing directors include Denise Birdstone from Ktunaxa Nation Council, Ron Oszust from Golden, Bob Smith from Valemount and Bill Trewhella from Warfield.

The outgoing directors include Nelson’s Mike Berg, a partner in Naqvi’s accounting firm until his retirement in 2002.

The 12-member board consists of an appointee from each regional government in the Basin (five regional districts and Ktunaxa Nation Council) and six recommended by the province. All directors must live in the Basin.

The board meets six times a year in communities around the Basin. The public is invited to attend. The next meeting is Friday in Trail at 4 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel (former Terra Nova).