General News · 5th January 2015
Please note that Grant-In-Aid applications are due early this year - Monday February 2nd! The application form is attached to this post.
It in an honor to serve you again in the Role of Regional Director for Cortes Island to the Strathcona Regional District. Thank-you. And I am delighted to announce that Mary Lavelle will be my alternate director serving you when I am away or not able to attend Regional District board meetings. I am grateful that Mary has stepped forward in this way and is willing to serve. Mary and I worked together years ago at the Cortes Ecoforestry Society, and all my personal and professional interactions with her since leave me trusting her professionalism and commitment to the wellbeing of our community. I look forward to this collaboration.
In December, I was sworn into the role of Electoral Area Director for the next four years and signed an oath of office (see attached) that reads:
I, Noba Anderson, do solemnly affirm that:
1. I am qualified to hold the office of director for the Strathcona Regional District to which I have been elected.
2. I will faithfully perform the duties of my office, and will not allow any private interest to influence my conduct in public matters.
3. As required by the Local Government Act, I will disclose any direct or indirect pecuniary interest I have in a matter and will not participate in the discussion of the matter and will not vote in respect of the matter.
I was one of only two directors, however, that chose to decline the oath of allegiance to the Queen that would have me “promise and swear” to “be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, so help me God.” I neither know how I would fulfill this commitment, nor believe that it is appropriate - especially given my personal commitment to finding good ways of honoring First Nation’s rights and title. Although I am no doubt part of a settler government, my allegiance is far more with the peoples of this place than with the Queen of what was a vast empire.
Also, as part of the Strathcona Regional District’s improving public communications, the office will now be publishing a newsletter Regional Rapport twice a month. See the first edition attached here for information about the new board, schedule of meetings and to sign up to receive this regular newsletter by email.
In deep gratitude for living in this beautiful land,
Regional Director, Cortes Island