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General News · 11th December 2009
Friends of Cortes Island
Thanks to all who came out to the good old FOCI AGM on November 29, 2009.

For all of you that wanted to be there but missed the grand occasion, here is a brief summary for you.

As usual, we began with FOCI’s business and project reports.

- We learned that the Marine Stewardship program has finally got 12 years of Foreshore Monitoring data input into a secure computer program through the Georgia Strait Alliance. This wealth of community gathered research is now online and available.

- Ryan Harvey continues to maintain Kw’as and Carrington Bay parks.

- Lee Riedl explained the plant propagation work with youth that she is doing with support from the Strathcona Regional District and Glasswaters foundation.

- Delores Broten sent her Watershed Sentinel report. The magazine now has an interesting “Hot Spots” tool on their website. This mapping tool will show all the activities across Canada that may have an impact on the environment. Check the Hotspots website here:

We decided to jazz things up at the meeting a bit this year. Sarah led us in an interesting Conversation exercise where everyone got involved in the fun. We asked a hypothetical theme question: What would you need if the ferry didn't run? Participants developed conversation topics under this theme and everyone had a chance to join into a conversation that interested and inspired them. See attached Conversation Exercise document for more details.

Later on, we had a few special guests briefly describe the work their groups are doing.

We heard from: Oliver Kellhammer for Cortes Carbon Solutions, Sandra Wood for the Cortes Housing Initiative, Noba Anderson about the Official Community Plan, Norberto spoke about the Cortes Climate Action Group and Zoe Miles gave us an update about Wildstands. It was inspiring to hear about the activity of all of these working groups!

The Jo Ann Green Environmental Award was presented to Tamara McPhail and Adam Schick for their excellent work towards farming, local food and being true practitioners of resiliency and sustainability. This was the 10th year we have given this award to recognize our local heroes.

Finally, Bruce Ellingsen ran the board elections. Thank you Bruce!
We are pleased to announce that the 2009/2010 board is:

Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega – President
Mark Lombard – Vice President
Max Thaysen – Secretary
Maria McKenty – Treasurer
Ralph Garrison – Director
Romina Wendell – Director
Francisco MacDugall – Director
Zoe Miles – Director
Fred Savage – Director
Bill Andrews – Director

Many thanks to the directors that are stepping down: Carol Tidler, Carol London and Lee Reidl. We appreciate very much your service, your ideas, your time.

Special thanks to Sarah D for all her work towards making the AGM run smoothly.

The AGM highlighted many positive and inspirational ideas that are happening in our community. We believe 2010 will be a major turning point for building local resilience on Cortes Island. We’re excited!