Bill Lekich has been elected as chairperson of the Alberni Valley Heritage Commission for 2012.
Lekich has represented the community -at- large on the heritage commission since 2009, during which time he has participated in revenue generation planning and has represented the interests of local history and education.
Lekich replaces 2010 chair Marta Williamson, who will stay on as vice-chairperson.
Lekich was head of the history department at Alberni District Secondary School, where he taught Canadian and European history, law and economics. Since retiring, he has been involved with ElderCollege, as a member of the organizing committee and well as teaching courses.
Lekich said in a press release he believes heritage is an important part of a community, especially a community trying to appeal to people to move here. He notes the many opportunities for volunteerism retirees will find with local heritage resources.
“I’ve learned a lot in my time on the heritage commission and look forward to continuing to work with this group,” he said.
Museum director, Jean McIntosh, adds that the heritage commission provides an important avenue for community input to setting direction for the heritage resources.
“Bill has brought careful observation to our discussions. I’m pleased he has agreed to take on this leadership position,” McIntosh said.