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General News · 16th February 2019
Chris Dragseth
The Annual General Meeting for the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society (The Children’s Forest Trust) took place in January (attached minutes). As with every volunteer group, there will always be changes in a Board’s composition and this year was not different. However, our Board saw the departure of three key members: Andy Ellingsen, Adam McKenty, and Ashe Biela. Each of these folks have contributed significantly over the past years.

Andy provided all of us with sage advice and brought the experience of someone who has lived most of his life on Cortes Island. Our interactions with Island Timberlands were shaped by his experience. Andy has agreed to continue to work with us as we build our relationship with Island Timberlands/TimberWest.

Adam McKenty brought a youthful perspective to our Board, but given his own experiences he brought a worldly view that elevated our thinking to a deeper level. Adam also managed out website (, and has agreed to continue to help the Board with the maintenance of this site.

Ashe Biela was key to our youth programs, spearheading our weekly programs with enthusiasm and zeal. She has some travel plans that will take her and her family off the Island in the coming year, but we are hoping to keep in touch wherever she goes.

Our Board is evolving with new members providing us with new perspectives as we continue to grow. We welcome Jodi Peters and Isabel Steigemann. Board renewal is the sign of a strong Board. Although we will miss our past members, we will continue to keep them engaged with our work and draw on them for advice and assistance.

On behalf of the Board for the Children’s Forest, I pass along a heartfelt thanks for all of the outgoing Board members for their dedicated work to our community. We continue to look forward to building on our work to provide youth programming and to secure the Children’s Forest in perpetuity.

“Imagine … A Forest in Trust to the Children”

Chris Dragseth, Chair
Forest Trust for the Children’s Forest