Join Active Saturdays in Bear River


Have fun and be active with us every Saturday this summer!
Games, sports, snacks and more. (Parents–you’re invited to join us!) All equipment is provided-everything is FREE. (All dates are subject to change-call ahead if you wish to confirm an activity.)

May 19: Active Saturdays! Kick-off at the Oakdene Centre in Bear River.
From 2-3 PM, meet our Recreation Coordinator Caroline Draper and find out more about our program; then from 3-4, have fun with DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION, an interactive dance/music-video game.

May 26: Come help us set up the Oakdene Centre Auditorium for Variety Night from 2-4 PM. At 7:00 PM, return to celebrate local talent as we raise funds for the Bear River Youth Centre.
Tickets are $5, kids under 12 are free; canteen and raffle prizes.

June 2: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

June 9: Meet at Lansdowne Field (the Bear River Community Firehall Ballpark) for Soccer and Softball sign-ups; we will also have a work party to get the field ready, 2-4 PM

June 16: Skateboard Clinic at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

June 23: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

June 30: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

July 7: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

July 14: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

July 21: Cherry Carnival in Bear River–enjoy the Carnival activities!

July 28: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

August 4: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

August 11: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

August 18: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

August 23: Digby Exhibition Weekend–enjoy the Exhibition activities!

August 30: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

For Active Saturdays: call Caroline Draper at 467-0480;
for Soccer/Softball: call Gerry Chute at 467-0956;
for Dance Dance Revolution and Skateboard Clinic, call Andre Bouchard at 532-0286.

ATTENTION ADULTS (18 and older): Do you want to start up a team activity in Bear River such as softball, soccer, badminton, or
volleyball? Call Caroline at 467-0480. We’d love to hear from you!

Active Saturdays! is made possible by a grant from DIGBYWELLNESS/Digby and Area Community Health Board. Thanks to: The Oakdene Centre, Caroline Draper, Andre Bouchard/County of Annapolis Recreation, & Gerry Chute. Presented by Bear River Innovation, Development, and Growth Society (BRIDGS) and the Bear River Youth Centre.


Executive Committee Report – Apr 14/07

BRIDGS Executive Committee Meeting
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
April 14, 2007
Trading Post

Present:  John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Rev. Ken Perkins, Gerry Chute, Hal Theriault

Meeting called to order at 9:00 AM.

Checks relayed from the Secretary to the Treasurer
$3,000 from Municipality of Digby, for the Pageant
$11,350 from Nova Scotia Tourism, for the Pageant
$600 from Nova Scotia, for the Pageant

Contracts: Hal said that a contract needed to be drafted in order to pay Carol Smith for work done.  It was agreed that all contracted work for BRIDGS would be set up so that invoices would be paid out as follows: one-third at the start; one-third at an agreed upon, significant point; and the final third at completion.

Youth Centre: Gerry is working with Steve Trimper, an electrician to find out what kind of work needs to be done to the upstairs space at the Trading Post before we can move.  He is in contact with Glendean Parker regarding our move date.

Variety Night: The entertainment roster is already lined up, and we have volunteers for the front door (Sharon Trueman and Cathy Banks), and Marketing (Laurel Shishkov).  We need to be sure the canteen will be staffed.  Gerry will be in touch with Louise Wood to see if she wants to cover this.

Pool Table: Gerry and Hal are working on getting a better pool table donated.

Treasurer’s Report: Ken said that he will keep a journal in order to track income and expenses.  John asked for a motion regarding transferring funds from one subaccount to another.  MOTION: The Treasurer is allowed to transfer funds from one subaccount within BRIDGS’ bank account to another subaccount when necessary (e.g. use the General Fund to cover a Youth Centre expense) as long as the debited subaccount is eventually reimbursed.  Made by John, seconded by Ken.  PASSED.  Ken was asked to buy a journal using some of the general fund money.

Pageant: Hal reported that all subcontracted work is on track, as is the play.  We may be able to use Variety Night to present a teaser for the play.

Strategic Plan: Consultant Donna Hatt is meeting with the Plan Subcommittee before the next general meeting to look at the preliminary draft.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 AM.

Executive Committee Report – Feb 08/07

Executive Committee Report
February 8, 2007
Trading Post

Present:  John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Wayne Smith, Hal Theriault, Tim Wilson, Gerry Chute.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.

Bear River Pageant:  Susan gave Wayne a check for $11,500 for deposit to the Pageant account from Nova Scotia Tourism; and a check for $3,000 for deposit to the Pageant account from the County of Annapolis.  Digby has approved an additional $3,000 which has to be given final approval at their next meeting.  Hal gave Susan an invoice in the amount of $5,000 for writing, research and setting up the pageant.  All bills for the pageant need to be submitted by March 31.  MOTION: Made by Susan, seconded by Tim to proceed with work on the pageant and to pay all invoices hereto.  APPROVED.  We have a budget for costumes and props.  To find costume and set designers, we will put out a request for proposals, plus personally contact people in the village that we know have these skills.

Savings Account: John would like to set up an interest-bearing account for BRIDGS so that BRIDGS can tap the small amounts that this will yield from the funding that we receive as a slush fund for small operating expenses that are incurred.  MOTION: made by Wayne, seconded by Tim to set up an interest savings account for BRIDGS.  APPROVED. It was also suggested that the power to transfer funds from the checking to the savings account (and vice versa) should rest with the Treasurer.  MOTION: made by Susan, seconded by Tim that the Treasurer of BRIDGS will have the power to transfer funds between BRIDGS accounts.  APPROVED.

Annual Meeting:  the Annual Meeting of BRIDGS is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.  This will be advertised in the Tributary, and posted in the Post Office.  The office that is currently up for election is that of Vice Chair.  This is a signatory position, as are the Chair and Treasurer (the Secretary has no signatory power).  It was suggested that the new constable of the Digby RCMP be contacted to see if she would like to attend as our special guest, since she is on record as someone who would like to support youth groups.

Youth Committee:  Gerry joined us this morning to report on the Youth Committee.
•    The fundraiser has been re-scheduled for Saturday, March 3, still at the Oakdene.  We need to fill the Oakdene that night, and we need to get the word out that we need more volunteers at the Youth Centre.  As m.c. that evening, Gerry will be talking about this and other issues throughout the evening.
•    We are still looking for two volunteers for the Centre, one to act as a fundraiser, the other to recruit and coordinate worker bees to cover the Centre’s hours.  At the end of April, we lose Sandy and Louise, so we have a tight deadline.  Susan is working on a small Wellness grant to get a fitness instructor for a few weeks, which might give Sandy and Louise a break for a few nights.  She will also get together with Hal to try and draft a grant proposal for a Centre coordinator through Service Canada.
•    There will be a Youth Centre meeting at 6 PM ahead of the regular BRIDGS meeting on February 14.
•    Sandy and Louise have forwarded a wish list to Gerry that we will go over at the next general meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Minutes, November 8, 2006

(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
November 8, 2006,
Changing Tides Restaurant (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Don Rice, Tim Wilson, Gerry Chute, Wayne Smith, Rob Buckland.

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

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business: Everyone wished Hal a happy birthday.

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith submitted a report for board approval; seconded by Cindy. ACCEPTED.

Youth Centre:
Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Hal and Gerry:
• According to the local school bus drivers, there are 200 children in our area;
• There will be a new Youth Centre committee meeting on November 10. This committee will oversee the administration of the Youth Centre for the next 6 months and will try to meet with the volunteers on a bi-weekly basis;
• Some possible events to be explored are Christmas craft making and a seasonal concert;
• Hal has submitted a proposal to Annapolis County for operational funds. We will also forward a similar proposal to Digby. Other possible funding sources are Recreation Nova Scotia and Service Canada;
• Wayne said that the budget for the Youth Centre (when it is up and running) would be approximately $600/month;
• Wayne suggested that the mandate of what is offered at the Centre should come from the youth;
• Hal met with Linda Findlay of the Oakdene Centre. They would like to partner with the Youth Committee and BRIDGS on musical events and theatrical productions.

Village Meeting: John noted that the Village Meeting/Volunteer night has been scheduled for November 27th at the Oakdene. The Oakdene is allowing us to use the facility at no charge. BRIDGS will host the event. It will be an opportunity for all of the village organizations to talk about what has been accomplished this year, and what they plan for next year. Cindy and Susan are organizing the meeting.

Strategic Development Plan: Due to the re-structure of the RDA, there have been many delays to this, and we had to re-submit our budget. The Office of Economic Development has assured us that they will provide adequate funding for the plan.

Voice of Bear River: CBC Radio will be interviewing Gerry Chute as the “voice of Bear River” to provide a report on what is currently happening here via live early morning radio every month.

Looking to 2007: Suggestions were made as to formation of new subcommittees for 2007: Communications, Board Development, Fundraising were listed. It might be worth researching (again) charitable status, to encourage corporate donations.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy, seconded by Rob to approve and adopt the Minutes of the October 11, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
December 13, at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

6. Adjournment
Motion made by Cindy for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

Executive Committee Report – May 24/06

Executive Committee Report
May 24, 2006
Trading Post/Youth Centre

Present: John Malmstrom, Wayne Smith, Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault.

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM.

• Informal Treasurer’s Report: One cash donation of $40.00 was received. It was decided that a petty cash fund would be established, initially funded at $40.00. Current total in the BRIDGS’ account, including petty cash, is $1,251.40. The Secretary will collect receipts and keep an accurate listing of any expenditures from petty cash, which will be forwarded to the Treasurer prior to each report. The Treasurer’s reports will reflect the date that they are submitted, usually the day of the general meeting or close to it.

• Youth Centre: John spoke with Andre Bouchard, who is willing to assist with opening the Centre by providing the basic framework for programming and management. He suggested a meeting by special invitation for the village young people, which he could facilitate. Current infrastructure needs include: carpet strip to secure the carpet, toilet needs to be put together, electricity needs to be hooked up, hot water needs to be hooked up, doorknob needs to be put in the bathroom door. Nova Scotia Recreation needs to be contacted regarding our application, since we cannot get liability insurance (and can’t have young people in the space) before we have this.

• Recent Achievements: John and Hal met with the municipality of Annapolis County, to get their endorsement of the BRIDGS vision statement. It is critical to have the municipalities’ endorsements in order to secure funding for a strategic plan. Hal is working on a cultural activities program outline for possible funding.

• Next Goals: BRIDGS needs to form subcommittees to involve the membership in upcoming activities, most notably the youth centre.

1. For the next general meeting, we will meet in the youth centre space. Susan will let people know to bring their own chairs.
2. Hal will contact Cameron Smith of the Fire Hall to offer to set up a concert for Cherry Carnival, and will continue to work on grant proposals.
3. Wayne will forward an updated Treasurer’s Report to John, as he cannot attend the general meeting.
4. John will contact Nova Scotia Power regarding electricity for the space.
5. John and Hal will meet next with the municipality of Digby.

Meeting adjourned at noon.

Minutes, October 18, 2005

(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
Tuesday October 18, 7:30
Bear River First Nations Band Hall

Present:  Cindy Harris, George & Pam Barron, Jane Kingston, John & Susan Malmstrom, Andrew Riddles, Hal Theriault, Jeremy Morine, John Harris, David Isles, Don Rice, Seretha Balcom, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Jay & Cheryl Stone, Grey Mckenzie, Mary Harris.

1. Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM

2. Introductions
Seretha Balcom was welcomed as a first time visitor.

3. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting
It was noted that BRIDGS member Wayne Smith is not a member of the Youth Subcommittee.  The minutes will reflect this change.

4. New Business
John Malmstrom thanked Suzette Delmage, former BRIDGS Secretary, for all of her hard work, and for helping to create the format for our agendas.  In addition, Suzette provided us with research on board structure which was very helpful.  BRIDGS wishes Suzette well in her new role at the Lifeplex Wellness Centre.  Also, thanks were made to Don Rice for making a passionate and eloquent statement to the members of the Bear River Board of Trade at their recent meeting on behalf of the formation of BRIDGS.

John also stated that while BRIDGS continues to make progress as we are being well received by the local politicians and potential funders, the real work is just beginning.  The real progress we will make will not be accomplished via our regular meetings.  Rather, it will happen through subcommittee work sessions such as our Youth Subcommittee and the Village Meeting Subcommittee.  These groups, who will elect their own chairs, will then report back at our full BRIDGS meetings on their decisions made and work accomplished.

5.  Subcommittee Meeting Presentations
Youth Subcommittee:
The Youth Subcommittee has made great progress.  They will next be working on how to raise funds to accomplish their goals.  They may have access to a grant from the Oakdene, and will be talking to Suzette Delmage about some possible funding sources.  They are also discussing volunteerism, as well as forming a youth jobs committee.  John Malmstrom noted that open-ended fundraising can be discouraging, and suggested that the Subcommittee work on drafting a budget to get a sense of accomplishment.  Also, named fundraisers can earn more visibility in the community.  Andrew suggested that Convergys would be a good corporation to approach for a donation.  The Subcommittee is working towards opening their coffeehouse by December 15th of this year.  The BRIDGS members were impressed by the work of the Subcommittee and many  are willing to volunteer their time to ensure the success of the coffeehouse.

Village Meeting Subcommittee:
The Village Meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 9 from 7 – 9 PM, location TBA.  Tim Wilson is designing our announcement flyer, which Hal will copy at the MLA’s office.  This will go through Canadian Post to everyone who has a mailbox in Bear River.  The cost will be $53.  John Malmstrom called for a vote to raise the funds necessary to circulate the flyer.  Motion carried, and a hat was passed.  $70 was raised.  George asked if income tax receipts would be available for such donations.  Acting Treasurer Jane Kingston will get a receipt book.  After we receive our charitable status, receipts will be available.

The format of the meeting will be an introduction to BRIDGS by Hal and John, followed by discussion of Bear River’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas for opportunity in groups.  The BRIDGS members will need to facilitate these small group discussions.  At our next regular meeting, we will finalize this format and prepare everyone for this crucial community meeting.

6. Continuing Business
Politico/funding Updates:
Hal met with Keith Robichaud.  There is new federal funding becoming available for
municipal infrastructure.  Bear River is in a unique situation, since we sit between two
municipalities There is money set aside this year for a survey on our sewer and water
issues.  The political will is there to address these; it will take up to 4 to 5 years before anything is really accomplished.  Another issue is that Bear River’s population is small.  We need to work all three levels of government.  Annapolis County is willing to work on a grassroots plan with one umbrella organization, such as BRIDGS, if the community Is supportive overall.  We need to demonstrate some small successes to increase our visibility to the community and to the funders.  Hal meets next with the Warden of Digby County.  It was noted that we will have to keep up an aggressive public relations campaign as successes are achieved.

Discussion was raised regarding publicity for the upcoming village meeting.  It was
decided to present a press release after the meeting, as the presence of the press could be
distracting and a negative for the participants.  The two local papers will receive a press
release following the meeting.  Tim Wilson may be able to contact the CBC.  Hal will invite
the MLA’s to the meeting, however.

7.    Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
Motion made by Cindy Harris, seconded by Pam Barron to adopt the minutes of the October 4 meeting with the change previously noted.  CARRIED.

8.  Next Meeting
November 8, at 7:30 pm at the Bear River First Nations Band Hall. We will be making
final preparations for the next night’s Village Meeting.

9.    Adjournment
Motion made by Jane Kingston for adjournment, seconded by Susan Malmstrom.  CARRIED.  Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.