Executive Committee Report – June 29, 2007

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
June 29, 2007
Trading Post

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

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

Strategic Plan: is ready and an invoice will be forwarded to the Office of Economic Development. We will send out a formal press release when the Plan is officially approved and available to the public. Funders to be thanked include the OED, plus the municipalities. Gerry suggested that an executive summary version be sent out door-to-door if necessary. The full plan will be available on the BRIDGS blog. Hal and John will make presentations to the other groups in town. It will also be featured prominently at our next November ‘summit’ meeting of volunteers and volunteer organizations.

Signage: The signs that Rob has need to be installed as securely as possible, with 4x4s and 2x4s plus hardware. Since Gerry has the equipment needed, he offered to be the central point of information on this, and will talk to Rob.

Trails Workshop: Susan attended a workshop that was presented by Recreation Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Health Promotion on how communities can establish trails and other nature programs. This was listed as a priority by many people who were originally surveyed for the strategic plan, and should be pursued. The Board of Trade has stated that this is something they would like to accomplish, and will be raised as a topic within the Strategic Plan discussions.

Youth Centre/Active Saturdays Update:
• The Music Society is reforming, and we will forward a couple of names of young people to be involved. It would be great to have some informal coffeehouse nights at the Youth Centre featuring young people and acoustic music. In the meantime, we are looking into have a couple of official outings, such as a trip to the Lifeplex.
• We are currently waiting to hear back from Service Canada regarding our application for a job creation partnership with Digby Disabilities for a fulltime employee.
• There is a giant pile of refundable bottles and cans (from the Digby Exhibition) that currently sit in the Youth Centre. Gerry and Susan will coordinate getting them to the recycling centre.

Fundraising:
Susan and Cindy are going to get together in September to begin work on applying for charitable status for BRIDGS.

Bear River Pageant/Play: There will be a staged reading on July 28 at the Oakdene, 7:30 PM, suggested donation. Ticket prices for the play in August were set at $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids under 12. Ken will budget this in the future. Hal has worked well within what his funding has allowed. We are working towards making this a source of income. At the August debut, there will be special invitees—please let Sharon and Hal know if you would like to add someone to the list.

Cherry Carnival: Meetings are going well. Projected income: $1200

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Chairperson John Malmström’s AGM report

Chairman’s Annual General Meeting Report
Bear River Innovation, Growth, and Development Society (BRIDGS)
Delivered by John Malmström at public meeting on April 11th, 2007

In partnership with numerous other organizations and through its volunteer efforts, BRIDGS 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. Co-lobbied with Board of Trade to stimulate municipal governments 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. Answered the community’s desire to serve local young people by opening, maintaining, staffing, and funding (all through generous local donations and first of a continuing series of “Variety Nights”), of a safe, fun gathering place for area youth with regular hours of operation.
7. Received generous investments from Annapolis and Digby Municipalities, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development.
8. Created significant contract employment for area residents while creating sustainable economic activity.
9. Changing perceptions province-wide, which reflect Bear River as a “vital community.”
10. Have demonstrated that the funding is available, projects are achievable, unified voice is the way towards government support, sustainable economic development is key to infrastructure repair
11. Major projects underway:
o operation of the Youth Centre (continuing)
o Strategic Development Plan for Bear River (Completion Date May1st.)
o Bear River Pageant (due to premier this summer)

Challenges and recommendations in the next 6 months will be:
1. Continuing operation and funding of the Bear River Youth Centre (BRYC) to include a paid employee.
2. Completion of the Strategic Plan leading to realization of objectives
3. Bear River Pageant
4. Executive Board and volunteer base development
5. Continuing forward momentum and daily small victories

Minutes, January 10, 2007

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
January 10, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: Cindy Harris, Norma Wagner, Don Rice, John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Zoe Knorek-Onysko.

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
Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith was absent. A Treasurer’s Report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Motions from Executive Committee: Two important motions were made by the Executive Committee which affect all BRIDGS members:
1) Commingling of funds for separate BRIDGS projects is not authorized, and that responsibility for ensuring this shall rest with the Treasurer; 2) BRIDGS, its committees, subcommittees, and/or any agents will not incur any debt, at any time, with any vendor for any reason without prior, written approval by the BRIDGS Executive Committee.

Joint Stocks Renewal: A call was made for donations to cover the $25 necessary to renew BRIDGS’ Joint Stocks status. Thanks to two members present (who wished to remain anonymous), $26 was donated. The renewal is due by January 31, and Secretary Susan Malmstrom will do this electronically.

Bear River Health Clinic Update: Norma Wagner reported that the next meeting of the Clinic board will be held February 6, and their annual meeting will take place the first Wednesday of March. The acupuncturist will return mid-February, and there will be a stop smoking clinic on January 16.

Youth Centre:
• Special thanks to Cameron Smith who has to take a break from his duties at the Youth Centre. He will be serving as Secretary for the Fire Hall this year. MOTION: Made by Cindy, seconded by Don to forward official written thanks to Cameron for his helping with the Youth Centre. APPROVED.
• Fundraiser: Since there was no one from the Youth Committee present, Susan gave the details that she is aware of: the event will be an evening of talent at the Oakdene, February 10, with a Valentine’s theme. The Oakdene will provide the space and the canteen. Hal Theriault, Gerry Chute and Wayne Smith are lining up the talent and will work the soundboard. Gerry will act as master of ceremonies, and is providing the bulk of the advertising. Snow day will be February 17.

Strategic Plan: Funding is forthcoming from the various granting agencies. Our timeline will be very tight. John is in conversation with Louise Watson of the Office of Economic Development to allow us to straddle two fiscal years in order to give us the time necessary to yield a plan of high quality. As a reminder, the plan will serve as a business plan for the village with input from the community at large. It will have a prioritized timeline of measurable deliverables. It is a document that all government funding agencies require, and it will go out to public bid. Consultants will be put out to bid by BRIDGS. MOTION: made by Cindy, seconded by Don that the proposal for Strategic Plan for Bear River be put out to bid. APPROVED.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Zoe, seconded by Cindy to approve and adopt the Minutes of the December 13, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
February 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

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

Minutes, December 13, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
December 13, 2006
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: Cindy Harris, Norma Wagner, Don Rice, John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Gerry Chute, Hal Theriault.

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
Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith was absent. A Treasurer’s Report will be submitted at the next general meeting.

Communications Sub-committee: John suggested that a Communications Subcommittee be formed, and offered to chair it. We need to be sure to meet Tributary, Spectator and Courier deadlines; and we need to work on the directory that was suggested at the Village Meeting in November. Gerry, Cindy and Laurel are already working on the directory. They will contact Peter Newton to ask how best to structure this (web presence, printed version, etc.). We will also need to contact the Board of Trade regarding space on their re-launched website. Don, Cindy, Gerry and Laurel agreed to meet before the next general meeting. It was suggested that they contact Tim Wilson, as he expressed interest in assisting with the directory at the Village Meeting.

Strategic Plan Update: The Strategic Plan will be far ranging and extremely important to the community. We have received a letter of offer, which means we need to supervise the execution of the plan after putting it out to bid. A subcommittee needs to be formed to supervise and manage the execution of this bid. Gerry, John and Laurel offered to serve on this Subcommittee. They will meet as soon as BRIDGS receives the first check from the Office of Economic Development. These funds must be used by end of March, 2007, so there will be no time to lose once the check comes in. We should have a list of potential matching funding entities ready as well. BRIDGS members as well as the community at large will see the plan as it is formulated. The Strategic Plan Committee will also be responsible for the dissemination of this information to the community.

Bear River Pageant: The Nova Scotia Department of Tourism released official word that the Pageant will receive a total of $22,500 from their office. Hal was thanked for creating and drafting this application. Again, funds must be spent by the end of March, 2007. Ultimately, this project will benefit the village, with such upgrades as new equipment for the Oakdene, and summer employment. The board was reminded that these funds are specifically targeted to Pageant expenditures. John asked if Hal could write a short synopsis detailing the Pageant accomplishments thus far.

Youth Centre:
Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Gerry:
• The Youth Committee will be working with Andre Bouchard (Municipality of Annapolis) to present their “Dance Revolution” program in the spring. This program will be targeted to any and all children throughout the community, including outlying areas. It will be offered at the Oakdene;
• A talent/variety show is in the planning stages for presentation at the Oakdene in March. This will serve as a fundraiser for the Youth Centre;
• We are currently searching for a volunteer fundraiser for the Youth Centre to take the Youth Centre Committee’s efforts to a higher level. In the meantime, proposals have been forwarded to both municipalities, and Hal will draft a proposal to Service Canada to fund an employee;

Village Meeting Follow-up: The feeling is that we had a strong turnout, and it was a very positive meeting. The discussion centered on cooperation and communication amongst the organizations, as well as the importance of volunteerism in small communities. Every organizational representative spoke positively of their group’s future plans. Our goal for the next meeting will be to triple that strong turnout!

Joint Stocks Renewal: Our joint stocks renewal is due. Secretary Susan Malmstrom will fill out the necessary paperwork before the end of our fiscal year (March).

Bear River Health Clinic Update: Norma reported that the Clinic had its official re-opening, with the Minister of Health and other dignitaries in attendance. Now that they have new staff in place, they are able to secure and provide more programs, which are currently being scheduled. The Clinic volunteers thanked BRIDGS for hosting the Village Meeting, which they were happy to use to inform community members of the re-opening.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy, seconded by Don to approve and adopt the Minutes of the November 8, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
January 10, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

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

Minutes, November 8, 2006

BRIDGS
(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.

Minutes, October 11, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
October 11, 2006,
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Don Rice, Nathan Waterman, Grey McKenzie, 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: Introduction of and welcome to Nathan and Grey.

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith could not be at tonight’s meeting; a report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Youth Centre:
• Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Hal. Using a prepared script as a guideline, 18 volunteers surveyed by telephone Bear River and Clementsvale residents to assess community interest in a youth centre. The unofficial report back suggests that there is desire to have a youth centre, but we will have to work to put together a volunteer team to staff it. A formal report will be delivered by the Task Force to the Executive Committee by November 1.
• Funding possibilities have been investigated by Hal, including County and recreation monies. He will continue to pursue all leads. He is currently drafting a proposal to Service Canada to sponsor a managerial position, in the event that the Youth Centre goes forward. MOTION: moved by Cindy to have Hal continue to pursue funding sources for the Youth Centre. Seconded by Rob; CARRIED.
• There will be a special meeting of the telephone survey volunteers at the Youth Centre on October 12. Anyone interested may attend.

New Drop-In Centre: Grey and Nathan presented information on a new venture that they, along with their partners Elizabeth and Rose, are planning to launch in the former crafts building, next to the Cherry Brook Grocery. They will be serving coffee that they have roasted themselves, while offering everything from music to computer skills training. One of their main goals is to offer an alternative venue for young people to congregate, while promoting Bear River and village business. BRIDGS encouraged them to stay in touch so that we do not duplicate efforts, and will assist them whenever possible. They have the same overall goals in mind, such as infrastructure repair and economic development.

Bear River: The River, The Forest, The People: Hal presented a current budget on the theatrical piece that he is working on for BRIDGS. Susan and Hal will work together to gather stories and pictures that are needed for research. Hal will meet with Linda Findlay of the Oakdene board to discuss partnering with them to present the pageant. Cindy suggested that someone contact Peter Guilford regarding architectural plans for the Oakdene. Grey offered to share with Hal a similar plan done in Ontario for another group.

Strategic Development Plan: Hal presented a report on current funding for the Plan. He is in touch with ACOA and the Office of Economic Development to finalize funding.

Voice of Bear River: Hal has been contacted by CBC Radio to provide someone who is willing to give a report on what is currently happening in Bear River via live early morning radio every month. Since there were no volunteers from members present, he will continue his talent hunt.

Medical Centre Update: Hal participated in the interview process for a new administrator for the Bear River Medical Centre. They are pleased to report the hiring of full-time employee Leslie Harris.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy, seconded by Rob to approve and adopt the Minutes of the September 13, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
November 8, 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.

Minutes, July 12, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
July 12, 2006,
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Don Rice, Pamela & George Barron, Barbara Graham, Glendean Parker, Linda Stroud, Jane Kingston.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda made by Pamela Barron, seconded by Cindy Harris. 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; a report will be submitted for board approval at the next general meeting.

Strategic Plan: Hal Theriault presented an update on funding for the Strategic Development Plan:
• Digby County: a check for $1,000 will be forwarded by the end of July;
• Economic Development: has pledged $10,000;
• ACOA: BRIDGS has requested $14,000.
• Annapolis County: has (verbally) pledged $1,000.
Funding through the proposed Regional Development Authority (replacing the now defunct WVDA) will need to be passed by both municipalities. BRIDGS has been advised to take no action on the Plan until we have the funding secured; this will most likely happen in the fall, after the RDA has been set up. John thanked Hal for his work on applying for these funds, and asked him to write a summary to keep the village apprised on our progress on this.

Youth Centre:
• Insurance: John thanked Jane Kingston for her work in applying for and setting up the insurance policy for the Youth Centre. Jane expressed her concern that there are not enough BRIDGS members to form subcommittees to perform the various tasks that need to be done.
• Electrical Work: Steve Trimper performed the electrical inspection and it is now ready for power. The meter for the Youth Centre is designated as Meter #1. John will contact NS Power to make sure it is turned on.
• Pre-Grand Opening: Andre Bouchard, Annapolis County’s Active Living Facilitator, will be contacted to facilitate a meeting with youth (and parents) to discuss what they would like to see offered at the Centre.
• Publicity: After the Youth Subcommittee holds their next meeting, they will contact The Tributary to submit a short update.
• Garden Basket: raised $108.

Charitable Status: Cindy Harris investigated changing our status to that of a charity. We may re-visit this at some time in the future, but it is not viable at present.

Cherry Carnival: Cindy Harris said that anyone who would like to volunteer needs to sign up at the Fire Hall. John will provide BRIDGS identification for those volunteering. If anyone from BRIDGS would like to help clean up on Sunday, there will be a group of BRIDGS members meeting at the Fire Hall at 10:00 AM.

5. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Pamela Barron to approve and adopt the Minutes of the June 14, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

6. Next Meeting
August 9, at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

7. Adjournment
Motion made by Don Rice for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.