A memorial service, described as a celebration of life, is planned for former Central Okanagan Regional District director Aaron Dinwoodie this weekend.
The event, to be held at the Lakeview Community Hall on Anders Road in Lakeview Heights in West Kelowna on Sunday (May 25), is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Dinwoodie passed away earlier this month night in hospital in Vancouver after a short battle with cancer. He was 54.
A polarizing figure in regional politics in the Central Okanagan during his four terms as a Central Okanagan Regional District director—the first two representing Westbank and the second two as one of three directors representing the consolidated Westside electoral area—sat on the CORD board from 1996 to 2007.
In 2002, he and then Lakeview electoral area director Len Novakowski joined the two previously separate electoral areas into one and the combined area received a third director position, which was filled by David Knowles. Knowles is currently a West Kelowna councillor.
Dinwoodie was remembered for his passionate support for his community and that issues that affected the Westside.
In addition to his work on the regional district board and the govern mace committee that lead to the vote that narrowly approved the Westside incorporating as its own municipality, Dinwoodie also served as president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities for a term, a position that helped him lobby not only for his own community but also for other B.C. municipalities when it came to dealing with the provincial and federal governments.
In 2007 he stepped down from his regional district directorship to run for mayor of the newly created District of Westside, later renamed the District of West Kelowna.
Following his second-place finish in the mayors race—he lost to Rosalind Neis—Dinwoodie was out of public life for a few years before attempting a comeback in 2011 with a run for Westside regional district director, a position representing the unincorporated portion of the Westside on the CORD board. He lost that race to Jim Edgson.
After that, he returned to private business, spending a lot of time in the Philippines, where he had a wife, young child and an export business. He is also survived by children from a previous marriage here in the Central Okanagan.
In recent years Dinwoodie worked with a group of developers who were unhappy with how they felt the District of West Kelowna dealt with development proposals. He split his time between Canada and the Philippines.