Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Area F director Susan Clovechok has been elected as a director at large to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) board of directors.

Clovechok was one of five directors-at-large elected to the board from among 15 candidates running for the position. The elections occurred through online voting during the UBCM meeting, which was held virtually last week, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m really humbled by the confidence UBCM

members have in me. It’s a big honour to be elected,”

said Clovechok.

Typically candidates seeking to be elected to the UBCM board attend the convention with brochures and buttons in hand and supports in tow. But with the conference being held digitally this year, the key to getting elected was good old fashioned networking, and a two-minute video that each candidate made outlining why they were running for the board.

As a rural electoral area director, Clovechok plans to bring a rural perspective to the UBCM board.

“Given that I have lived in both rural and urban settings, I think I can be that link on the board,” Clovechok told the Pioneer. “Rural B.C. is important to urban B.C. and vice versa. We want to make that link. I will work hard to bridge that perceived gap and make sure the board puts a rural lens on issues.”