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A New Year

We held our annual general meeting on November 15 and now have five board members. The meeting went well and thank you to all who attended.

We have adopted the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices as a guideline to our organization and will work toward incorporating the guidelines into the work of Malaspina Land Conservancy Society.

Our guest at the AGM was John Dove. John lives on Texada Island and is well known over there for his hiking leadership and vast knowledge of natural history and geology. He came to our AGM to update us on a large parcel of land on the northwest coastline, half of which is privately owned and half Crown land. There is an initiative to put the area (which is about 1,200 acres and includes about seven kilometres of coastline) into a park.

MLCS is interested in being involved with this initiative. It will involve fundraising to purchase the private land, which means MLCS will be entering into a large-scale fundraising campaign in the near future. This campaign will be longterm.

MLCS will be creating a plaque to commemorate one of our members who died in August, 2012. Martin Rossander was a firm supporter of MLCS and we will miss his dedication to sustainability and forest preservation. The plaque will be placed at the tree which has been planted in his honour at Willingdon Beach during a celebration of Martin’s life in February 2013.

Rob Southcott and Anne Parkinson have joined the board to work together with Janet Southcott, Wendy Cocksedge and Lesley Thorsell.

To find out more about MLCS feel free to send us a comment to this site.

As November approaches it is time once again to prepare for the Annual General Meeting. This is usually held in the first week of November and the exact date will be posted shortly and details sent out to all members.

   Over the past year we have increased our number of board members to five. Unfortunately, we face two vacating their positions.

   Having been a board member for three years, Rachel Walker is moving out of town and thus leaving her position as vice-president and land committee chair. We shall miss her input deeply.

   Angie Davey joined us in the spring as secretary and she has decided to step down from the board and remain an active member.

   So, we are looking for people to take on being a board member and involving themselves as an active participant of the development of Malaspina Land Conservancy Society. Positions of secretary, treasurer and vice-president, as well as committee heads for the Land, Fundraising, Membership and Public Engagement committees are available.

   Currently, leadership of the above committees is done by the board, but we need to form strong membership around each committee with interested and knowledgeable leaders reporting to the board.

   We have been asked to assist with the preservation of a large piece of land in the area which could potentially involve a multi-million-dollar long-term fundraising campaign. The board has considered the value of participating in this and would like to proceed. Members will receive more information once details have been ironed out. Innovative fundraising ideas will be required including participation of many people in the campaign.

   This is one of various opportunities coming our way to help preserve land of natural Canadian beauty. It is an example of why we need the strength of a dedicated and willing board.

 Janet Southcott, President

Moving forward

At our annual general meeting in November 2011 three of our directors, Janet Southcott (nee Alred), Rachel Walker (nee Botting) and Lesley Thorsell remained on the board. Since then we have added Wendy Cocksedge to our board.

This is all good news. Our organization has been progressing through foundation work…forming, becoming non-profit, becoming charitable, and creating our strategic plan. We are now starting to put together and submit proposals for land interests, which is very exciting, and our board members will soon be focusing more directly on the actual work of a land conservancy rather than the setting up of the organization.

But, don’t mistake this to mean we have done all the setting up. Recently, Rachel and Janet attended a board governance course and came away after five weeks realizing that there is still one heck of a lot of things to do.

So, we are looking for more people to not only become members but to become active in the work of the board and on committees. This is an exciting time to be involved and for anyone considering doing so, please contact us at info at malaspinaland dot ca.

At the AGM we showed three short films to emphasize the work of land conservancies. For anyone not able to attend the AGM, click on the following links to access these inspiring films.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdabcHZ820E which is about the Friends of Mississippi River and is almost 7 minutes long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX5yT7QSyc4 about children and the wilderness, with last child in the woods author Richard Louv, 14 mins long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huO_NRn34GI which is a great little film about raingardens as well as other ways of slowing down water runoff, 9 mins long.

Just to backtrack a little, back in the fall, 2011, we were delighted to receive a donation of $150 from Powell River Community Foundation. PRCF created Powell River’s Vital Signs report. The foundation decided to calculate carbon offsets to compensate for the energy used to create the report. The sum of $150 was determined and MLCS was the recipient of the funds.

We decided that we will hold the funds and use them specifically for adding more trees to the environment. We intend to do this with any carbon offset money we receive as it seems to be the logical use of such funds.

AGM, November 2011

Janet Southcott, president, at AGM, November 2011

Announcing our 2011 AGM

It is time, once again, for our Annual General Meeting, and we hope that all members and anyone wishing to know more about Malaspina Land Conservancy Society join us on Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm at Vancouver Island University Powell River campus’s room 148.

This year we are looking for new directors. Five of our directors, who have given many hours and dedication to the society, are stepping down. This includes Paul, who has been our Treasurer for the past two years, and has provided us with legal advice over the past three, and David, our secretary and membership committee chair and the person responsible for our website. Both David and Paul have been with MLCS from the start. Also leaving us are Maureen, Judy and Nola. However, all remain as members.

We intend to involve membership more this year. Since our conception we have worked hard to form a strong foundation. It is now time for us to become more active in pursuit of our objectives.

We hope that many members join us for the AGM. If technology works, there will be a couple of short videos about how other land conservancies are preserving land.

To vote at the AGM you must be a member in good standing in the current year as of one week prior to the AGM. Membership is $10 per person. Membership renewals for the 2011/2012 year will be available at the AGM.  To find out more, see an agenda for the AGM, view the Proxy voting form or the membership renewal form, click on the attached PDF.

Janet Southcott (nee Alred)
President

MLCS Call to 2011 AGM

There is a lot going on behind the scenes, as we get ready to start helping local people and groups preserve their lands. Take a look at our Spring newsletter. If you’re interested in getting more involved, please contact us at info@malaspinaland.ca.

50 free memberships!

From the Powell River Peak:

Free membership is being offered for one of Powell River’s newest charities. Malaspina Land Conservancy Society (MLCS) has received a gift from a generous member who has pledged to sponsor the first 50 new members of the society for one year.

The gift is provided to increase public recognition of MLCS and involve more people in its development.

MLCS was formed to assist private land owners, whether individuals, industry or businesses, with decisions relating to the preservation and conservation of their land. “We do this by holding an interest in the land,” said MLCS President Janet Alred. An interest could take the shape of ownership, or a conservation covenant that is placed on a specific area of the property.

The mission of MLCS is the protection of land of natural, agricultural, scenic, recreational or historic value. “We are particularly interested in riparian areas, old growth forest and areas of biological diversity,” said Alred. “Overall, we share a vision of people living within a healthy diverse region where respect for the natural world is paramount.”

Members of the society are invited to participate in field trips to locally preserved land, will have the opportunity to learn about land restoration and can help on many projects, including committees such as membership, public engagement, fundraising and land.

Memberships cost $10 annually for individuals, $30 for organizations and $100 for businesses. “We are able to offer free individual memberships to the first 50 people to join us for the first time. This is an exciting time to join as members can really play a part in the society’s development. We are already in conversation with various land owners about their properties and anticipate launching fundraising campaigns in the near future to preserve land for the local community.”

MLCS will have an information table at the Powell River Film Festival on Thursday, February 17 through Saturday, February 19 at Powell River Recreation Complex.

Yes, you read that right… thanks to our very generous member for a great idea! Here’s to all our new members.

As mentioned recently on this blog, the Malaspina Land Conservancy Society held its 2009–2010 Annual General Meeting on November 2, 2010. This was the opportunity to look back on the last year, have a good discussion among the members present, and elect a new board of directors.

Congratulations to the new board of directors:

  • Janet Alred (President)
  • Rachel Botting (Vice President)
  • David Parkinson (Secretary)
  • Nola Poirier
  • Paul Schachter (Treasurer)
  • Maureen Simmonds
  • Lesley Thorsell
  • Judy Watts

For more information about our directors, see this page.

We’ll be continuing to meet monthly and push forward with our work in various areas (membership, fundraising, public outreach, and especially land acquisition and holding lands in trust).

You are cordially invited to attend our Annual General Meeting!

Please see this PDF for more details.

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Vancouver Island University (Powell River), Room 152

Individual membership is $10.00 and expires at the conclusion of the AGM following the date of payment. Only current paid-up members can vote at the 2010 AGM. Membership applications and dues payment for individuals who are not current members who wish to vote at the 2010 AGM must be received prior to October 26, 2009.

People who are not current members who join and pay their dues for 2010-2011 can participate but not vote in the 2010 AGM. They will be eligible to vote at all subsequent membership meetings up to and including the 2011 AGM.

We hope as many members as possible will attend the meeting. Members who are unable to attend the AGM are encouraged to attend by proxy. You can appoint any current Board member (Janet Alred, Rachel Botting, Eva van Loon, David Parkinson, Denise Reinhardt, Paul Schachter or Judy Watts) or any current member of the Society as your proxy.

We are holding a members’ evening on Tuesday January 19 at 7:00 PM at the Coast Realty office boardroom. We will be showing the short film Silent Witnesses created by Bob and Bev Blackmore. After the film we will have a discussion, in which we hope all our members will participate, about the Malaspina Land Conservancy Society and our future direction.  It will be a chance to hear ideas, create committees, and work together to strengthen the society.

The evening will finish in time for Texadans to catch their ferry. There will be refreshments.

Coast Realty office is located at 4766 Joyce Avenue. As there are two buildings, please come to the one without all the homes for sale pictured in the window. This is the building on the right if you look at both from Joyce and next door to the Community Resource Centre.

See you there!

Naturally in Nature. That is the title of a new local calendar now for sale. In Powell River, you naturally want to be in nature and, in this calendar, you happen to be au naturel! This calendar not only shows the diverse beauty of Powell River, but also points out that environmental and economic sustainability for this community means valuing and preserving our wild spaces and protecting agricultural land for local organic food.

The calendar is the work of local activist Lesley Thorsell and showcases:

  • the work of several local photographers (especially Jeremy Williams who did many of the months and bared it all for January’s photo);
  • graphic designer Melany Hallum;
  • artist Skye Morrison;
  • and local models, including the women of the Dragon Boat Paddling for Life team wearing their life jackets on Powell Lake.

The slogan for the Pink and Green Campaign in Alberta is Love your body, Love your planet and Love your life and that encompasses what the calendar stands for.

Here is some of what Lesley has to say about this project:

What I am understanding is the more we push against what we don’t want there is a larger polarity of resistance instead of a third choice. This is a hard one at times, but if you try the opposite—showing a hard heart against those with hard hearts of their own—all we’ve done is expand the problem. Everyone is doing the best they can from their own level of consciousness. In the end all we can realistically do is seek openings for higher awareness.

So part of the reason for the “Naturally in Nature” calendar is a third choice. To reach people in a heart centred way that they will feel nature and feel connected in a way that propels them to value and protect it as well as caring for their own bodies:)

If you are interested in giving an eco-gift this year check out the local calendar and website www.naturallyinnature.wordpress.com and send copies to friends, relatives, yourself to promote eco tourism for our area, protect wild spaces and fish bearing streams, organic farming, breast health and wellness.

Proceeds from this project will be given equally to the Malaspina Conservancy Land Trust and to the Pink and Green Campaign promoting a healthy environment and healthy bodies.  Call Lesley Thorsell for more information at (604) 485-6910.