Police Board Directors
Nelson Police Board Director Amed Naqvi
Appointed June 30, 2016
Amed Naqvi is a retired Partner with Berg Naqvi Lehmann, Chartered Accountants in Nelson. Active in the community, he is a Director of Kootenay Savings Credit Union. In the past, Mr. Naqvi served as Vice Chair with the Community First Health Cooperative, President of the Nelson Golf and Recreation Society, and President of Kootenay Lake General Hospital, to name a few. Professionally, he served as President and Council member for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC. In 2004, he received the Fellow of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Naqvi holds his Bachelor of Commerce and is a designated FCPA/ FCA. Mr. Naqvi serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Basin Trust as Finance & Audit Committee Chair.
Nelson Police Board Director Bill Reid
Appointed June 30, 2016
Born in Scotland, Bill grew up in Ontario, Canada where he received an Honours BA in English Literature at Trent University. Other degrees followed over the years including a Bachelor of Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.
Bill began teaching in Fort St. John and moved to Nelson to become the principal of L.V. Rogers Secondary School. He then served the school district as District Principal for Distance Education, International Programs and Technology, Director of Instruction, and ultimately Superintendent of Schools until his retirement.
Bill now works out of his office in Nelson. He facilitates meetings and speaks at conferences on a variety of topics such as team building, time management, and decision making or presenting his keynote address, “Head, Hands, Heart: What Every Organization Needs to Know”. Bill received an Outstanding Community Leadership award for his work as Vice President of the BC Seniors Games in 2011. He is a Master Trainer for True Colors International.
Bill’s wife, Brenda, is also a teacher and they have two grown daughters who live in Vancouver.
Nelson Police Board Director Elizabeth Edwards
Appointed September 15, 2016
Liz Edwards has been living in Nelson for the last fourteen years, having moved from the lower mainland. She is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist at Kootenay Lake Hospital and a fitness instructor at the Nelson and District Community Complex.
Liz completed her pharmacy degree at UBC followed by her hospital pharmacy residency at St. Paul’s Hospital where she started her pharmacy career before moving to Nelson.
Being active and involved in the community is important to Liz; she has been the swim director for the Nelson Cy’swog’n’fun Triathlon for the past 10 years as well as having volunteered with the Nelson Nordic Ski Club.
Nelson Police Board Director Hilda Taylor
Appointed June 22, 2012
Hilda Taylor has lived in the City of Nelson for the past ten years. She currently is employed as Branch Manager, Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd. Recently she has served as negotiator on behalf of Kootenay Insurance Services management in collective bargaining.
Hilda has twenty years of experience as an insurance broker working throughout various parts of the Province, Terrace, Kelowna and the Kootenays. Prior to her move to Canada in 1978, she lived in the Republic of Ireland. She worked for Meath County Council first as a clerical officer, then assistant staff officer and finally, town clerk of a small municipality. Her education and experience while living in Ireland gave her a good grounding in legal procedure and legislation. She lived there during a time of political upheaval, an experience that made her more keenly aware of the tragic consequences of the breakdown of political systems.
Hilda is an active volunteer in the communities in which she lives. She was a secretary of Kelowna Minor Hockey, volunteered for many soccer and hockey teams through the years and she is currently serving as Director of Granite Pointe Golf Club. She is deeply interested in and committed to the well-being of the community of Nelson.
Nelson Police Board Chair
Mayor Deb Kozak
Elected November 15, 2014
Deb Kozak is the first woman to serve as Mayor of the City of Nelson.
She has served three terms on City Council and is the President of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. Deb chairs the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee and is passionate about the future of the Columbia Basin. In her capacity as mayor, Deb is a Director of the Regional District of Central Kootenay and serves on the Recreation Commission. She is one of the founding members of the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership.
Deb is a community builder who has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors and has served on volunteer organizations at local, provincial and national levels.
Deb was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and completed her education in Saskatoon. She has lived in Nelson for over 30 years, where she and her husband Peter raised two children, Terry and Laura. In 2014, the family joyfully welcomed granddaughter Aizlinn.