ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Gabriola Lands and Trails Trust held their Annual General Meeting on February 23, 2010 and the following board members stepped down from their positions at that time. We owe them a huge vote of thanks for their selfless contributions to the running of GaLTT.
Richard Welsh for his ongoing management of the books and membership lists, and for his continued efforts in this area as special adjunct to the board.
Carol Boyce for double-teaming as the secretary and the director of the Membership and Fundraising Committee, and also for her continuing supply of cards featuring scenes of Gabriola, the proceeds of which are directed to GaLTT.
John Orr for his rain or shine commitment to creating and maintaining Gabriola’s trails.
Christine Purfield for her organizational, writing and computer skills, which assisted many publications.
We also owe Dyan Dunsmoor-Farley a grand vote of thanks for her tireless work as President of GaLTT for the past two years. Dyan’s efforts on behalf of GaLTT and her enthusiasm for our goals will be hard to replace. We look forward to her continued input on the board in the role of Past President.
Tom Cameron was unanimously elected to take over the presidency; we are indebted to his commitment to our organization and his willingness to provide a guiding force into the next phase of our development.
The following people were unanimously
elected to the board:
Rufus Churcher: Rufus has been retired on Gabriola for a number of years. He was previously a University of Toronto Zoology Professor, a researcher for the Royal Ontario Museum, the past chair of the Silva Bay Shipyard School, and a past Board member of the Gabriola Museum and Historical Society. He is a practising rock geologist, a vertebrate paleontologist, and a forester. Rufus and his wife are keen walkers of the beautiful trails in their neighborhood
and Rufus manages the broom removal on his entire street.
Peter Llewellyn: Peter has lived on Gabriola since 2007. A professional photographer since the early 1980’s, Peter has been redirecting his expertise to event management, specifically through media and photographic services. He has been working with VANOC since November 2009 and was the Olympic photo manager for Whistler’s nordic venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Peter has sat on various boards including the International Alliance for Equestrian Journalists (1995-2006) and the Blazing Paddles Dragonboat Society in the Comox Valley (2003-2006). Peter takes a special interest in Gabriola’s trails having walked many of them with his dogs. He has also been involved in some of GaLTT’s trail clearing events.
Bob Weenk: Bob and his wife Judy moved to Gabriola five years ago having had a career in the classrooms and gymnasiums of Saskatchewan. He has been involved with the Palette People, has instructed the Gabriola Squadron CPS courses and has umpired Softball for kids and the local Slo-Pitch League. An avid gardener and a once-andfuture golfer, Bob has recently enjoyed the Sunday GaLTT work bees, pulling broom and building boardwalks in the rain. Bob and Judy, (and sometimes their two dogs) take every opportunity to walk the trails of the island, particularly in the 707 acre park.
David Boehm: David has been a Gabriola resident for more than 30 years. He has a BSc in Zoology from UBC and has been a long-time activist in all matters environmental. He was involved in SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation), the Sierra Club and Greenpeace in B.C. He has worked as a tree planter and contractor working mainly on the south coast (including personally planting about ten thousand trees on Gabriola Island). As an involved Gabriolan, David has served on The Gabriola APC for 6 years (2 years as chair), on the Boards of the Heartlands Conservancy, the Gabriola Conservancy, the Gabriola Groundwater Management Society and for last 6 years he has served as the Treasurer of the B. C. Environmental Network. He is also a member of the TOXICS CAUCUS of the Canadian Environmental Network and he is a participant in the current federal Chemical Management Plan.
Local Artist Doug Harrison, CFA - donstes painting to GaLTT
Gabriola artist Doug Harrison has generously donated one of his original watercolours from his collection of “Working West Coast” art to the Gabriola Lands and Trails Trust. Doug Harrison grew up Alberni and has lived at various locations on the British Columbia coast; for the last ten years he has resided on the Gabriola Island waterfront. His watercolour paintings portray this coast’s fishing, towing, and forest industries, and focus on fishing boats, tugboats and tows, and historical forestry scenes. The fishing boat and tugboat paintings are based on an extensive collection of personal photographs and observations, while the forestry paintings combine childhood memories, career experiences, and historical research.
Mr. Harrison is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists; his paintings, many of which were commissioned works, are now in homes and offices across our country and worldwide. He was a selected Marine Artist for the 2005 Victoria Tall Ships event; several of his paintings of the participating ships were exhibited at the follow-up art show at the Maritime Museum in Victoria. He also was a participant in the 2008 Christie’s Auction fundraiser for the Maritime Museum.
BUY A TICKET, OWN A PAINTING!!!
As a fundraising project to raise funds to support the building and maintaining of parks and trails GaLTT is selling raffle tickets for the chance to win this beautiful painting. The tickets are $3.00 each, or 2 for $5.00 and we encourage you to view the painting at the Gabriola Library during the week and at the Farmer’s market on Saturdays. This is a wonderful opportunity to own some original and local art and to support an active and enterprising organization. Please buy a ticket from any one of the board members or at the market; consider buying several and using them as gifts! The draw will be held at the market on September 11, at 11:00 am.