A two-term member of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s (RDOS) Board of Directors passed away Saturday.
Elef Christensen, who was serving his second term as director in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos-Hedley), died after collapsing while out for a walk in Hedley on June 23.
He was 74.
“Elef was well known in the community for his generosity,” said Karla Kozakevich, the RDOS board chair. “His commitment to public service is a great illustration of his untiring willingness to helping friends, neighbours and the community he called home.”
RDOS CAO Bill Newell said he would also remember Mr. Christensen’s generous spirit.
“Elef would often drive rural residents into Penticton for appointments, or to catch the Greyhound bus,” said Mr. Newell. “Elef will be missed in the community.”
The RDOS board of directors and staff extended sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Electoral Area “G” alternate Roger Mayer will assume the role of director until municipal elections scheduled for October.
Mr. Mayer met Mr. Christensen sometime around 2003, when Mr. Mayer was the Area G director and trying to explain to Hedley residents the benefits of curbside garbage pickup.
“It was going to cost him more money, but he was a man of logic and understood what we were doing,” Mr. Mayer recalled.
Mr. Christensen was first elected in 2008. He lost his seat to Angelique Wood in 2011 but was returned to office in 2014 after winning a second contest between the two Hedley residents.
Mr. Christensen is survived by his partner, Linda Miles, and adult children Henrik and Alice.
— with files from the Penticton Herald