Airshow board welcomes new directors

Five new directors will sit alongside several returning incumbents.

The Abbotsford International Airshow Society held its annual AGM Tuesday evening at the Abbotsford Flying Club and elected several new directors to the board while returning a number of incumbents. Returning for another two-year term are Airport Manager Parm Sidhu, Ken Hildebrandt, Cascade Aerospace vice-president Stu McIntosh, Dave Reith, and Jim Watkins, as well as Abbotsford Flying Club nominees Steve Stewart, Aug Rinz, Dirk Sieber and Adrian Renkers.

Newcomers, also assuming a two-year term, are:

Jonathan Burke, president of Blackcomb Aviation and the incoming Chair of the BC Aviation Council;

Dave Humphreys, a retired RCAF Crew Chief;

Vali Marling, general manager of the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and previously director of operations for Tradex;

Jonathan Maryniuk, an Associate Lawyer with Kuhn LLP in Abbotsford;

Sandy Tiwana, an accountant and Partner with Friesen Pankratz & Associates.

The Airshow also made a donation of $10,000 to the Dave Lede House of Canuck Place Childrens’ Hospice. On hand to receive the donation was Karina Chow, manager of development for the Abbotsford Canuck Place hospice and recreation therapist Gillian LaGambina from the Vancouver House of Canuck Place. The ladies explained the role of Canuck Place and how recreation therapy plays an important role for families dealing with life threatening illnesses of their children. The donation fits into the Abbotsford Airshow’s strategic goal of giving back to the community.

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