One man who spent a great portion of his life giving back to Penticton will now have his name apart of the city forever.
Rory McIvor served as head librarian for the Penticton Public Library for 30 years from 1972 to 2002. If that weren’t enough, he also served two terms on city council, spent 45 years as a Rotarian and served as a school board trustee for a decade.
McIvor died in November 2017, but members of the community were bound and determined to make sure his legacy lived on. This led to the council decision at the meeting on March 5, 2019, to rename a portion of Fairview Road to Rory McIvor Way.
“It’s always a great opportunity to recognize an active member of our community,” said Mayor John Vassilaki in a release after the street sign was unveiled. “After all of the years Mr. McIvor spent giving back to our city, we are happy to be able to do something to remember him for his many contributions.”
Other accomplishments of McIvor’s include sitting on the board of governors for the Okanagan College, and acting as director for the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts.
During his time as a Rotarian, he helped establish a number of community projects, including the development of the running track and sports complex at Penticton Secondary School, and the establishment of the Soupateria at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church. McIvor’s efforts were instrumental in developing the Community Futures and the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.
The stretch of road that is being renamed is next to the Penticton Museum and Library, between Main Street and Martin Street, where McIvor spent much of his time.
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