Minutes, February 21, 2007

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
February 21, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: John Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Sandy Burrell, Gerry Chute, Susan Malmstrom, 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. He forwarded the information that the Youth Centre rent was paid for March. A Treasurer’s Report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Strategic Plan: A bid for proposals was put out for a consultant to write the strategic plan. Donna Hatt submitted a very strong proposal, and the Strategic Plan Committee recommended that it be accepted; copies were passed around. MOTION: Made by Susan, seconded by Laurel that Donna Hatt Consulting be hired to write the Strategic Plan for Bear River. APPROVED.

Youth Centre:
• Gerry passed along a $20 donation to the Youth Centre to help defray some recent costs.
• Laurel created a great design for the posters for the upcoming Variety Show (March 3); Sandy and Gerry worked very hard at posting 200 of them up all over the community, including Digby. In the process, Gerry had the chance to speak to many people about the Youth Centre, including the manager of the Sears outlet who is interested in creating a skateboard park in Digby, and may want to partner with us. Wayne will be acting as the stage manager for the Variety Show; Susan will take photographs.
• Gerry offered to stay on the Youth Centre Committee as the official fundraiser. This greatly frees up the time of other volunteers working on behalf of the Centre.
• The Youth Centre is considering offering a monthly swim meet at the Lifeplex. Cost is $85, and the time would be 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
• The Youth Committee has been approached regarding moving the Centre to the Oakdene. The Committee will follow up on this. One of the major considerations before making such a move is that BRIDGS makes sure that BREDS has another party interested in taking the space over before we leave.

Safety Meeting: BRIDGS was contacted by Nova Scotia’s Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities to send representation to a meeting regarding safety issues and challenges. Sandy and Susan offered to attend. Some of the issues that they would like to raise will be: speeding cars, vandalism, bridge railings, condition of the boardwalk, lack of sidewalks.

Communications: Since almost all of BRIDGS’ correspondence and dissemination of information is done via e-mail, John offered to begin posting BRIDGS minutes in the Youth Centre, the Oakdene and the Post Office so that people without e-mail can access our information.

Search Committee: A Search Committee needs to be formed ahead of the Annual General Meeting. Hal will contact Don Rice and Cindy Harris to see if they will agree to act as the Search Committee.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
Hal noted that there should be one change made to January’s minutes: remove the language, “from a list provided by the Office of Economic Development”, as we have been informed that a list of recommended consultants through the OED does not exist (there is contact information available from ACOA if we need assistance with locating a consultant). MOTION: Moved by Laurel, seconded by Gerry to approve and adopt the Minutes of the January 10, 2007 meeting, with correction as noted. CARRIED.

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

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

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.

Minutes, March 29, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
Tuesday, March 29, 2006
Bear River First Nations Cultural Center

Present:  Cindy Harris, Jane Kingston, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, David Isles, Don Rice, Rob Buckland, Tiiu Poder, Mary Golding, Glendean Parker.  Special Guests: Cameron Smith, Bear River Fire Hall; Deputy Warden Jimmy McAlpine, Municipality of Digby; Cpl. Ron Koknevicius, RCMP, Digy Detachment; Carol White, Hillsburg United Church.

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

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business
Hillsburg United Church Donation:  Carol White presented David Isles with a check from the Church in the amount of $125 towards the launch of the Youth Centre.
Fire Hall Presentation:  Cameron Smith of the Bear River Fire Hall made a presentation regarding the ongoing need for additional volunteers for the Fire Hall’s regular duties and programs, and the additional need for workers when the Cherry Carnival planning gets underway for this year’s event (slated for July 15).  The following are opportunities for BRIDGS members to get involved:
i)    Regular firefighting duties, including truck and hall maintenance
ii)    Breakfast Fundraiser—First Saturday of every month: serving, cooking. dishwashing, etc.
iii)    Cherry Carnival: need help with the auction, manning booths, picking up garbage, giving directions, managing crowds, running other errands as needed
iv)    Junior Firefighters: this is a new initiative that the Fire Hall is launching to get youth involved and line up potential future firefighters.  BRIDGS may also be able to help with creating a youth float for the Cherry Carnival with the Junior Firefighters.
Please contact Cameron any time to volunteer: 467-0440, or email: bearriverfd@pitzo.com.  Don suggested that the Fire Hall keep running notices in the Tributary to try and attract more volunteers.
Meeting Dates: Susan suggested an alternative to the current twice-monthly meeting schedule.  It was proposed that the officers meet ahead of each monthly meeting to formulate the agenda and take care of regular, ongoing duties.  This would necessitate the entire Board to only need to convene once per month.  MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris to convene the officers once per month, to precede a monthly meeting by the full board.  Seconded by Jane Kingston.  CARRIED.
New Treasurer: Wayne Smith has offered to step in as Treasurer, to take over for Jane who was Acting Treasurer.  When Wayne returns from Ontario, the other officers will meet with him to open a checking account and establish signing authority.  MOTION: Moved by Rob Buckland that the Offices of Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer will have signing authority, any two of the three signatures being necessary to issue a check on behalf of BRIDGS.  Seconded by Don Rice.  CARRIED.  (Other duties of the Treasurer will include establishing and maintaining a current balance sheet, drafting proposed budgets, implementing an annual audit, and creating a receipt system for donations.)
Health Centre: The question was raised as to what BRIDGS might do for the Health Centre, which recently suffered a devastating fire.  Currently, their board is waiting to hear from their insurance company.  Hal and Susan had recently attended their annual general meeting, where Hal suggested that they contact the Job Creation Partnership to hire a manager via federal funding.  The South West Health Authority recently turned them down for a proposal for an employee. Jimmy and Brian Coker (their board member) met to discuss the rebuilding effort.    Hal will contact Shirley Isles to see if they need assistance with writing proposals.  BRIDGS can also offer any letters of support that might help.  Glendean said that the Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion will organize a benefit on the Centre’s behalf, and that BRIDGS members could help with this, along with the Fire Hall, Board of Trade, and the local churches.
Water & Sewage Issues: Jimmy announced that the proposed Water Study (critically important for the area) has been approved and added to this year’s budget and  is definitely on the Municipalities’ schedule.  Once funding is secured for the project, which will involve many upgrades and adjustments, it will be put forward for tender.

4.  Subcommittee Meeting Presentations
Youth Subcommittee:
David presented the latest fundraising report, as well as a draft of a monthly budget proposal.  Other potential revenue streams: Malmstrom Studios will donate (up to) $100 in a match challenge grant to other local art studios; Jane (along with Bonnie Macleod) created and donated a garden/spring-themed basket for raffle—David will contact Sobey’s to set up a donation table day; Rob has donated 2 bicycles which after repair, might be rented out to tourists this summer; bottle drives were discussed, with Jimmy offering advice to make them a success (pre-publicity is key—along with a central donation centre and 4 or 5 trucks).  Jimmy also advised BRIDGS to submit a financial report and project budget in the form of a proposal to both municipalities, which he would support.  Rob also suggested a for-charge service to pick up materials for recycling or proper disposal.
Liability insurance for the Youth Centre is the priority expense for BRIDGS that will be aquired as soon as enough funding is secured, Jane having completed the research to identify the appropriate insurer.  Once this hurdle is passed, we will be able to launch the Centre.

5.  Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION:  Moved by Jane Kingston, seconded by Rob Buckland to approve and adopt the Minutes of the January 24, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

6.  Next Meeting
May 10, at 7:30 pm at the Bear River First Nations Cultural Centre.

7.  Adjournment
Motion made by Cindy Harris for adjournment, seconded by Rob Buckland.
CARRIED.  Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Minutes, November 22, 2005

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Bear River First Nations Cultural Center

Present: Cindy Harris, Jane Kingston, John & Susan Malmstrom, Andrew Riddles, Hal Theriault, Jeremy Morine, David Isles, Don Rice, Mary Harris, Tim Wilson, Carol Dibble, Jenny Stewart, Wanda Atwell.

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

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business
Directors and Officers Insurance: It was noted that we will probably not need to take out an insurance policy to protect board members from liability as recently enacted legislation makes it unnecessary. We will keep this in mind as we move forward with our incorporation as a society.

Attending BRIDGS for the first time: Carol Dibble, Jenny Stewart and Wanda Atwell. All were welcomed.

Follow-up to the Community Meeting: Overall, it was felt that there was positive energy and much enthusiasm exhibited at the meeting. The comments that were received from attendees were reviewed by the Meeting Subcommittee (see attached). Susan and Hal felt that the next step was to incorporate the submitted suggestions into the vision plan, and to add those who expressed an interest in volunteering to our mailing and email lists. Hal reported that Harold Theriault, Jr., our MLA in attendance at the meeting, offered his assistance without reservation, and was impressed by the Community Meeting; we’ll keep him apprised as we move forward.

Water Meeting: It was noted that there was a meeting (simultaneous to ours) that was being held to address the ongoing village water problem. John noted that member Andrew Riddles, who is also Chair of the Water Board, was attending that meeting on our behalf and will make a report to us regarding their discussion.

Board Structure: MOTION: Moved by Tim Wilson that the Board complete the formal steps necessary to formalize the legal operating status of BRIDGS as a non-profit society. Seconded by Jane Kingston. CARRIED. Cindy noted that since our paperwork was begun a few months back, we should start the process over. She will try to bring the necessary forms to the next meeting.

Interim Executive Committee: BRIDGS has been operating with an interim Executive Committee consisting of John Malmstrom, Chair; Tim Wilson, Vice Chair; Susan Malmstrom, Secretary; and Jane Kingston, Treasurer. There was a call for discussion as to whether these members should continue to serve in these roles. (Don requested that copies of the Mission Statement be distributed to those who were not familiar with it.) There was also discussion as to how long officers should serve; the suggestion of one-year terms was put forward. This will be outlined in our by-laws, which should be drafted as soon as possible. Jane and Susan expressed that they would like to be replaced if anyone would like to serve in these roles. Jenny suggested that the term “acting” be added to their titles to indicate that these positions are essentially open.
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris that the first year Executive Committee of BRIDGS consist of: John Malmstrom, Chair; Tim Wilson, Vice Chair; Susan Malmstrom, Acting Secretary; and Jane Kingston, Acting Treasurer. Seconded by Jeremy Morine. CARRIED.

4. Subcommittee Meeting Presentations
Youth Subcommittee:
The Subcommittee has been informed by BREDS that there is space available for the Coffeehouse. The exact terms of occupation (such as heat, insurance, rent) will be worked out soon.
The Subcommittee is working on plans for various fundraisers, including a bottle and can drive. Wanda noted that she was specifically in attendance to speak to the Subcommittee following the meeting, as she is working with Annapolis County on recreation programs and would like to feature what they are accomplishing in an upcoming newsletter.
Other suggestions included talking to Alliant about a package phone service deal and the Superstore for donations of coffee and other items (they should specifically speak to Verona at the Digby store). John noted that the Subcommittee should stress that they are requesting donations for a non-profit society whenever they approach anyone about in-kind goods and services.
The proposed mid-December official opening of the coffeehouse may be pushed back, depending on the construction timeline. It was noted that BREDS have expressed enthusiasm for this project. We will need to be diligent about the chaperoning process. Jane said that it will be necessary for all chaperones to be officially screened through the RCMP, and that we should get BRIDGS on the list to do this as soon as possible.

5. Other Business
Fundraising and Partnerships
Hal followed up on working out a partnership between BRIDGS and Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, through their “ready to work” skills building program. It will be held at the First Nations Centre to tie-in partnerships such as those between BRIDGS and First Nations. We will also try and use the Trading Post when possible (after May) for other programs.
Weymouth Renovations: Hal wanted to share the ongoing program of renewal and renovation that is happening in the village of Weymouth, as they share many of the same obstacles to renewal as Bear River (i.e. split county jurisdictions). After forming a committee in 1996 and putting together a vision and mission similar to ours, they have now received substantial funding for infrastructure revitalization, and we can learn from their example.
Among the next steps we will need to take are putting together a strategic plan and a feasibility study. Hal has collected materials from Canadian Tourism and other offices to begin looking at applications to fund a strategic plan. We may need to hire someone to create a business plan for BRIDGS. It was suggested that a bullet-pointed, chronological listing of the next steps we need to now follow to officially launch fundraising be created.
Strengthening our ties with the other organizations in the village is vital, and we need to work on recruiting members as representatives from these groups. Jane will contact people at the Oakdene and BREDS to become members. We should also find out if BRIDGS can publish calls for volunteers and meeting attendance in the Tributary.

6. 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 November 8, 2005 meeting with the following spelling change: “Keith Robichaux” to replace “Keith Robichaud.” CARRIED.

7. Next Meeting
December 6, at 7:30 pm at the Bear River First Nations Cultural Centre. (Please note:
we will be meeting at the Cultural Centre, not the Band Hall, through the winter.)

8. Adjournment
Motion made by Susan Malmstrom for adjournment, seconded by Hal Theriault.
CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.

Minutes, November 8, 2005

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Bear River First Nations Band Hall

Present:  Cindy Harris, Chris Hutchins, Jane Kingston, John & Susan Malmstrom, Andrew Riddles, Hal Theriault, Jeremy Morine, David Isles, Don Rice, Seretha Balcom, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Mary Harris, Wayne Smith, Tim Wilson.

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

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business
The logistics of the community wide village meeting, to take place November 9, were discussed at length.  We may have an MLA drop in, as well as someone from the press. After this meeting, we will be able to formalize our structure as a registered non-profit society, and the executive committee will be formed.  Collated results of the community group discussions will be made available as soon as possible.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
Changes were noted to the previous meeting’s minutes: spelling of David Isles’ name, spelling of Grey Mckenzie’s name, Hal Theriault met with the Warden of Digby County, and Keith Robichaud related the information that funding has been established for a water survey in 2006.

MOTION:  Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Andrew Riddles to approve and adopt the Minutes of the October 18, 2005 meeting with noted changes. CARRIED.

5.  Subcommittee Meeting Presentations
Youth Subcommittee:
The Subcommittee has now drafted a preliminary budget for the proposed coffeehouse.
They have also submitted an offer to rent one of the available spaces in the village and are waiting to hear back from the owners.

6. Other Business
Hal is working on a partnership between BRIDGS and Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, following a conference he recently attended and presented at in Halifax.  The Council funds attendance at travel and tourism training programs.

7.  Next Meeting
November 22, at 7:30 pm at the Bear River First Nations Cultural Centre. (Please note:
we will be meeting at the Cultural Centre through the winter.)

8.  Adjournment
Motion made by Andrew Riddles for adjournment, seconded by Hal Theriault.
CARRIED.  Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Minutes, October 18, 2005

BRIDGS
(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.