Changes in wind at fruit co-op

The new board of the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-op has let its long-time CEO go, and hired a new one at the first meeting.

The winds of change are blowing through the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-operative as two new board members replace long-time members on the board following the recent annual general meeting.

At their first meeting Thursday, the board voted to let co-op chief executive officer Gary Schieck go, and hired Alan Tyabji, who was manager of the Okanagan Similkameen Co-operative, which was amalgamated with three other valley tree fruit co-ops in 2008 to form the OTFC.

Tyabji had been with the south Okanagan co-op since December, 1985.

Schieck served with the Okanagan North Co-op for a couple of decades before taking the post heading up the newly-amalgamated organization.

He could not be reached for comment.

The co-op board also re-elected Cawston grower Rob Dawson as president, and elected Colin Pritchard of Kelowna as vice-president representing the northern growers and Nirmal Dhaliwal of Osoyoos representing growers in the south.

Tyabji will also be CEO of B.C. Tree Fruits, which is part of the OTFC. They are owned by 580 local grower families and sort, pack, market and distribute a variety of B.C. fruits including apples, pears, cherries, apricots, prune plums and blueberries.

The head office is in Kelowna.

jsteeves@kelownacapnews.com

 

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