RDN director passes away after battle with cancer

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Long-time Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) director Maureen Young has passed away from cancer.

Young was director of Electoral Area C for 16 years, serving and representing the Extension, East Wellington and Pleasant Valley areas.

“On behalf of the RDN board, we are deeply saddened by the loss of such a dedicated and inspiring member of our community. Maureen Young served her community and our region for decades,” said Tyler Brown, RDN board chair. “We extend our sincere condolences to her family. Her contributions to our communities will continue to be felt by residents for years to come.”

Young was chair of the Community Grants Committee, which provides funding to regional community groups and organizations. She was also proud of the development of Extension Miner’s Community Park and the Mount Benson staging area.

Following the loss of Young, Alternate Director Charles Pinker will take on the role of Director for Electoral Area C until a byelection is held, according to the RDN.

A long-time resident of the Nanaimo area, she had an avid interest in the history of the region, particularly Extension, where she lived. She was an active member of the community and was passionate about serving and representing electoral areas supporting agriculture, forestry and the advancement of the regional parks system.

The RDN announced Young’s passing on Nov. 19.

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