General · 28th September 2015
UBCM Media Release
Quadra Island: Long time Electoral Area Director, Jim Abram, was re-elected on Friday, September 25th, to the position of Director at Large on the Union of BC Municipalities Executive at their Annual General Meeting and Convention held in Vancouver this past week. Abram ran against twelve nominees from all parts of the province for a total of five possible positions. The UBCM represents 100% of the 190 local governments in the province, including incorporated First Nations governments. It is the only province wide, effective lobby organization for local government to advocate various positions to the provincial and federal governments.
Director Abram is the Director for Area C, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets, which includes all of the islands and inlets off of Vancouver Island (except Cortes), from Quadra to Port Neville and to the height of land on the Coast mountains. He has been in elected office since 1988 and is also serving his second year as the Chair of the Strathcona Regional District.
"My first priorities at the Convention were to represent my constituents and then the SRD Board. I met with Ministers and their staff on issues such as connectivity (fibre optic, cell and data) and all issues concerning seniors including funding for much needed programs. I also met with the representative of the Premier and with Min. Todd Stone regarding our ferry situation and its effect on all communities on the coast and provincially. As a UBCM Executive member I also had various duties to perform such as chairing a number of major sessions at the convention. I am very pleased to have been successful in the election process and will now have another year to represent our local and provincial concerns at the UBCM table and to the province.”
Beginning in 1990, Abram served on the UBCM Executive for ten years and was then elected as the President in 2000/2001 and
served another year as Past President. During that time some of his proudest accomplishments were initiating, along with Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit, the province-wide Community to Community Forum and the Regional Forums that followed from that. This program was developed due to the slow pace of Treaty negotiations and it was meant to be a mechanism for First Nations and Local Governments to be able to work together on common issues and partner in service agreements that did not require a Treaty to be in place. It was extremely successful and is still going strong today with numerous communities subscribing to the program annually.
Another major issue was helping to get the provincial government to insert wording into the legislation governing local government that acknowledges local government “as an Order of Government”, rather that a ”child of the province”. He was appointed by the UBCM to sit as a local government representative on the Community Charter Council which was set up by the province to write the Community Charter, providing local government greater autonomy.
Abram sits on three UBCM Select Committees providing input on BC Ferries, Fin-fish Aquaculture and Offshore Oil and Gas, as well as sitting on two UBCM standing committees: Resolutions committee and the Environment committee. He is also a member of the Coastal Regional District Chairs Group of thirteen Chairs from all of the Regional Districts on the coast including Metro Vancouver. This group represents over one million people, including the Metro Vancouver area. The area represented provides thirty eight percent of the GDP to the provincial economy.
Comment by Carol foort on 2nd October 2015
I think I speak on behalf of many that we appreciate all of your ongoing effort and dedication!
Thank you Jim
Comment by Louella Baker on 28th September 2015
Thank you Jim, for your long time dedication to all this governmental work which benefits all of us. We really do appreciate it even if we rarely say it.