Greg Norton, ALC Commissioner – Oliver
Greg Norton was a fruit farmer in Oliver, BC since 1988. Active in his community, Norton was chair of the Agriculture Area Plan Committee Rural Oliver, chair of the Environmental Farm Plan Working Group, chair of the Agriculture Research and Development, chair of the Agriculture Environment Initiatives Board, and president of the Loose Bay Campground Society. He was past president and director of the Okanagan Cherry Growers Association, past vice-president of the BC Wildlife Federation, and the founding chair of the Sterile Insect Release Program.
source: Agricultural Land Commission
Greg Norton was a member and chief spokesperson for the Grasslands Park Review Coalition – principal opponent of a National Park in the South Okanagan.
Graduated from SOSS in 1970
Born in 1952
Regional Director – Area C Oliver – Chair of the RDOS for a number of years
Orchardist on same land of three generations of Norton
Grandfather, Charles Norton worked on construction of the SO Lands Project irrigation canal circa 1923
Greg worked as foreman for a period to Lands Project successor – SO Lands and Irrigation District prior to taking over the family farm from parents Eric and Babe Norton.
Helped organize, construct and maintain the Loose Bay campground for fruit pickers
Ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 1993.
source: Files of ODN
Note from Editor – this information was originally written in the present tense until confirmation of Greg’s death from family members.