2022 was a very successful year for GaLTT. Thirty-nine people showed up to our AGM on Sunday March 4th to attend our business meeting and listen to a presentation by Libby Gunn and Alison Thomas on restoration work
done by GaLTT over the past couple of years at Drumbeg Provincial Park. (And enjoy pizza!)
Outgoing President Rob Brockley gave an overview of the GaLTT’s work in 2022, which included many significant achievements (see our newletter for a review of the year). One of the things the Board worked on was a review of our Constitution and Bylaws, resulting in recommendations for changes to update and better reflect our mission and work. The recommended changes were ratified by the General Meeting and will be sent to the appropriate government agency, at which time updated copies will be added to our Governance page.
Long-time Communications Committee co-chair and Secretary Jenni Gehlbach was honoured with an honorary life membership; she is retiring from the Board after 14 years, but we are very happy that she will continue to work on our Communications and Accessibility Committees.
Lars Hulstein is leaving the Board as well, but he’ll still be involved on the Trails committee and we aim to lure him back again in the future—thanks, Lars!
A number of volunteers were honoured at the AGM for their committee work: Leanne Hewlin (Community Engagement committee), Rose Alderson and Darci Swinton (Invasive Species committee) and Peter Danenhower and Don Machell (Trails committee). Many thanks to all of you for the many hours you’ve put in to supporting GaLTT’s work!
Libby and Alison’s presentation explained how the ongoing invasives removal project at Drumbeg has helped to build a strong relationship with BC Parks and led to developing our knowledge and capabilities for restoration work both there and elsewhere on the island. (We plan to post an article about our restoration work in the future, so keep an eye out for that.)
One of the benefits of an in-person AGM is the opportunity for people who have different kinds of organizational interests to get together and share not just what we’ve been up to, but what we’ve learned over the course of a year, not just through formal presentations but informally as well. You can expect at least one future blog post from those kinds of interactions!
Finally, thanks to all our members and volunteers for supporting us—you are what makes our work possible.