Minutes, December 12, 2007

(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
December 12, 2007
Oakdene Centre (Youth Centre)

Present: Cindy Harris, Hal Theriault, Susan Malmstrom, George Barron, Ken Perkins, John Malmstrom, Steven Draper, Don Rice, Norma Wagner, Zoe Knorek-Onysko, Jay Stone, Flora Doehler, Larry Knox, Jared Haight, Glendean Parker.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda. CARRIED.

2. New Business:
Youth Centre: Hal read his supervisor’s report to Service Canada that is submitted monthly regarding Jared’s accomplishments. The question on the table was that of making the move from the Trading Company Building to the Oakdene Centre. The Oakdene will include heat and electricity in the $150 per month rent, and provide access to the auditorium, art supplies, exercise equipment on hand and the soccer field. After some discussion, a vote was taken. MOTION: to move the Bear River Youth Centre to the Oakdene Centre, was made by Don, seconded by Cindy. CARRIED. John thanked BREDS for being such a great and accommodating landlord while the Youth Centre occupied their space and we look forward to working with BREDS again in the future.
Strategic Plan: The Strategic Plan Committee (Laurel Shiskov, John, George, Flora, and Susan) met on December 5 to choose two short-term projects and one long-term project for BRIDGS to begin working on. They had to be: achievable with the existing group of volunteers; yield immediate, tangible results; and when one is completed the next one will be launched. The three projects chosen are:

  • Install Bear River signage when the ground is sufficiently thawed;
  • Pursue a relationship with the Bay of Fund Tourism Partnership to get tidal interpretive signage to connect Bear River to the wider Bay of Fundy group;
  • Partner with the Digby Area Exhibition to bolster attendance and possibly improve program facility.

It was intended for BRIDGS to call for a vote on proceeding with these goals. This was
tabled for discussion regarding a Board of Trade plan for the village that is to be publicly unveiled at their December 13 meeting:

Board of Trade Eco-Village Proposal: Hal explained that he was called to meet with the Annapolis/Digby Economic Development Agency regarding the branding of Bear River as an eco-village plan that Bobby Benson was putting forward to them. Hal said that to access funds from the government agencies, all organizations have to start with ADEDA’s approval. Steven asked about the use of the term “eco” and how it would be applied to this project. Flora asked if ADEDA has money allocated for the Bear River area, and are they requesting proposals. Hal said that they assist organizations with funding and proposals. Zoe said that the eco-village concept would provide employment for the area. Hal said that a feasibility study would be required. Flora asked if there is anything in the Bear River Strategic Plan that would get funding. Hal felt that the partnership with Bay of Fundy Tourism should be funded. Jay asked if this would make the village more attractive and would it result in more development. The question raised at the most recent BRIDGS Executive Committee meeting was one of creating a unified voice in the village, which is necessary in order to receive funding. Hal suggested that BRIDGS members and other organization members (especially those that own buildings) should attend the Board of Trade meeting to hear the presentation. Question was raised whether the Board of Trade represents the interests of local business, or the entire community. Since Bear River is not incorporated, the Board of Trade has represented the interests of the entire community.

Reports from Organizations:
Bear River & Area Health Clinic: Norma reported that Dr. Kinsley of Weymouth will be holding an open clinic here for a week at a time every six weeks and will see 30 people per day. The nurse practitioner will have access to everyone’s files. Appointments are necessary; clinic starts February 11.
BREDS: Glendean reported that the Trading Co. building is being winterized and that there will be an art auction fundraiser in January at the Deep Brook Lions Club. Steven reported on the Expose Bear River photo competition that will take place from July 1, 2008 and run through Fall, 2009 (two summer seasons).
Oakdene: George reported that they are very happy with the grant for the furnace, and wanted to thank Pat McWade for his help with getting the grant.
Fire Service: Steven reported that the fire volunteers have had a busy season so far, so everyone should have clean chimneys, and be careful driving in snow and ice! The auxiliary building to house the new generator is almost complete and should be ready shortly after Christmas.
Youth Committee: Is instigating a penny drive and bottle drives to raise funds, so everyone save your pennies and bottles for the Youth Centre.

3. Next Meeting
January 9, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre.

4. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned by Cindy at 9:00 PM.