Minutes, June 14, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
June 14, 2006
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, David Isles, Don Rice, Pamela Barron, Tim Wilson, Julian Graham, Barbara Graham, Donna Parkins. Special Guest: André Bouchard.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM. Andre Bouchard, Active Living Facilitator for the County of Annapolis led the group in a warm-up (lively!) exercise to introduce ourselves.

MOTION to accept the Agenda made by Don Rice, seconded by Tim Wilson. CARRIED.

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Smith was not present. The report will be submitted for board approval at the next general meeting.

Mid-Year Report: Chair John Malmstrom gave a mid-year of progress in the village of Bear River. He emphasized that we are at the six-month point of his time as chairperson, and it is important for the group to be looking toward the future. Mr. Malmstrom’s report:
Bear River, the Village has:
1. Identified and built strong consensus amongst community stake holders through dialogues with area volunteer organizations and village-wide “town hall” presentations/gatherings
2. Based upon the community’s input, created a “Vision Document” which sets out the general objectives of Bear River’s short, intermediate, and long term goals
3. Formalized the structure of the BRIDGS organization including subcommittees, by-laws, incorporation and regular open meetings for the community.
4. Successfully lobbied with municipal government to secure feasibility studies for local infrastructure improvement necessary for the realization of the village’s long term goals
5. Built a successful relationship with the local and regional press to help the greater community remain informed and involved with the village’s progress
6. Exceeded expectations through local grass-roots fundraising to enable the imminent opening of a village “Youth Centre” – the first short term goal identified by the community
7. Established encouraging contacts with local, provincial, and federal funding sources including, in particular, a $10,000.00 grant for the partial funding of a Community Economic Development Strategy from the Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development
8. Begun to change perceptions to reflect BR as a “vital community”
9. Have demonstrated that the funding is available, unified voice is the way towards government support, sustainable economic development is key to infrastructure repair –BR’s revitalization can be done if the village wills it.

Challenges and recommendations in the next 6 months will be:
1. Opening the Bear River Youth Centre (BRYC)
2. Continuing maintenance of BRYC
3. Scheduling another village wide meeting to report progress
4. Preparing for shift in executive committee (new Chair to be elected in December), on-going board development
5. Community Economic Development Strategy Document—funding completion, bids, selection of vendor, writing
6. Establishing, strengthening subcommittees for
a. BRYC
b. Village meeting
c. Economic Development Report
d. Board development
7. Bear River’s future can be bright if the village wills it.

Youth Centre: Several things need to be finalized before the Youth Centre can be officially opened. Recreation Nova Scotia has not contacted us regarding our application, which means that we do not have liability insurance. The toilet has been installed, and the issue of power to the building has been resolved. After much discussion regarding what remains to be accomplished, John called for volunteers to serve on the Youth Subcommittee to complete these tasks. Barbara Graham, Julian Graham, and Tim Wilson all volunteered to serve.
André Bouchard led a discussion on opening the Centre. His suggestions included:
• Special invitations to young persons for a grand opening;
• Establish a proper foundation to create a safe space;
• Some community standards will be non-negotiable (i.e. no drugs, alcohol, smoking, etc.)
• Establish minimum age groups and times/days;
• Give the youth a feeling of ownership of the space;
• Set up relationships first, then create the programming;
• Who are the chaperones? BRIDGS members, parents, the Subcommittee, other volunteers.

5. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Tim Wilson, seconded by Cindy Harris to approve and adopt the Minutes of the May 10, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

6. Next Meeting
Wednesday, July 12, at 7:30 pm at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

7. Adjournment
Motion made by Don Rice for adjournment, seconded by Susan Malmstrom.
CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

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