Hillcrest Community Association votes to remove board of directors

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Hillcrest Community Association votes to remove board of directors

People power in Vancouver.

Members of a community association embroiled in court battles and infighting have voted to oust their entire board of directors.

More than 100 people cheered as members voted unanimously at the Hillcrest Community Centre to remove President Jesse Johl and five other directors.

Ken Charko was ousted by the former board, he’s back.

“Today is a new day, there is a lot of good will that is in this room.”

Interim Director Art Bombke says there was a lack of transparency.

“What you saw here tonight is the start of house cleaning, and by fall we will hopefully be running as a not for profit society should be running.”

Hillcrest is one of six community associations in a legal battle with the park board over membership rules.

The former president was also been accused of misusing funds.

Meanwhile, the Chair of the Vancouver Park Board hopes a new interim board will mean a better relationship with the park board.

Aaron Jasper hopes the association will re consider entering into an operating agreement and implementing the One Card program.

“We were never trying to get rid of the associations, we were never trying to take away their power or their money, the rest of the associations is in discussions with us, and I think they are very fruitful discussions.”

The Community Association does expect push back from the ousted board – and even more legal action.


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