Directors Minutes June 23rd, 2021

Directors Minutes June 23rd, 2021

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Minutes of a meeting of the directors of SIRRA held June 23, 2021

Present:  David Osborne, President and Secretary; Ron Hall, Treasurer; Mairead Boland, Vice-Chair; Michel Chiasson, Serban Criaoveanu.

Regrets:  Jeanne Crerar, Helen Wale

Guest:  Local Island Trustee Paul Brent

1.  The meeting was called to order at 1: PM.  A quorum was noted.  Paul Brent was welcomed and thanked for attending at our request.  Our presence on unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples was acknowledged with thanks.

2. The agenda was approved as circulated by consent.

3.  The minutes of May 29, 2021 were approved as circulated by consent, with one change:  Ron Hall requested that reference in #7.b. to “and ‘Bobby’, a new resident” as a potential director to be approached be removed.

4.  Discussion of proposed changes to the Trust Policy Statement by the Islands Trust:

Trustee Brent was invited to speak.  He provided details of his support for stopping the proposed first reading scheduled for July 7/8, 2021 which particulars he indicated were specified in his article to the Scribbler forthcoming.  Each director then participated in an extensive discussion of what we have seen and heard.  SIRRA has received several responses to publicity about this issue from members, and other islanders, and this was referred to and considered.

MOTION by David, seconded by Ron, that SIRRA recommend to Trust Council and the provincial government that the First Reading of the draft Policy Statement scheduled for the Trust Council Special meeting July 8th be deferred until such time as the actual draft document be presented to all Local Trust Areas and Bowen Island Municipality for public consultation and feedback.

Further discussion ensued.  It was noted that: 1) This is the single most important document created to govern the operations of the Trust, and 2) The current draft 2.0 to have first reading is a substantially new policy, rather than incremental revision, and 3) there has been a relatively short time and little consultation since it was published.

Motion carried with all directors present voting in favour.

MOTION by David, seconded by Michel, that Mairead and Ron to work on a draft letter to the Trust and relevant provincial authorities from SIRRA to be circulated to all directors for approval., and that SIRRA immediately begin to publicize its position on this issue.

Motion carried will all directors present voting in favour.

5.  Other business:  Ron indicated that the new member drive had resulted in little interest from the community so far.

6.  Meeting adjourned at 2:15 Pm with no date set for a next meeting.