The Whispers Of Hope Benevolence Association held their Annual General Meeting May 15, 2019 at the Legion Hall.
Deb Mcintosh from Castlegar addressed the meeting. She shared hers, and Castlegar’s, experience supporting those in need and the homeless. Melissa Shulga talked about the past years’ trail for Whispers. It has been a tough one with being evicted from their facilities, criticism from some in the community and city hall. And the flood. Melissa’s slide show didn’t work out during the meeting but we’ve recreated it to play alongside her talk in the video. The financial report got the same treatment.
Over 50 people showed up for the meeting. It was contentious at times – some in attendance have been critical of the organization and concerned about the behaviour of some of its clients. But the meeting proceeded in a civil fashion and people generally behaved themselves well.
The Board had 7 positions open and there were more than 7 nominees so a vote was held. Counting the tally took just over an hour. And there was a tie. That was settled by a show of hands from those still present. By the end of the meeting at least one of the people critical of some of Whisper’s operations found herself a member of the Board.
We had hoped to live stream the event but technical issues prevented that from happening. So we have the next best thing – the recorded for later viewing on-demand AGM meeting.
A Public Meeting was held at Perley School on May 1, 2019. The group Citizens For A Better Grand Forks put the event on with the City sponsoring it. Over 160 people showed up.
The meeting was Moderated by Michael Strukoff.
The links in the list below should open a new window with the meeting video cued up at the position in the meeting that the link referred to. All you have to do after that is press Play.
OR you can watch the video in its entirety below.
Apologies in advance to anyone whose name I’ve misspelled or associated with the wrong organization. And if I’d had more time I’d have put in the actual question text instead of ‘question ##’ . . . but people who did not show up want to see it so I’ve put it up in this fashio for now.
Preparedness Week saw things happening in Grand Forks from April 11 to 13th
Beginning on April 11 with a presentation on Your Finances After The Flood from Grand Forks Credit Union and Community Futures hosted by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy at Selkirk College.
On April 12 and 13th 2 blocks of Market Ave. in Grand Forks were closed to traffic so a number of demonstrations and information booths could be set up for preparedness week
One of the things they wanted to point out to people was how to properly do sand bagging. Flooding in your home or store is bad enough but imagine the frustration after a lot of hard work placing sandbags only to have that water infiltrate past them. There are ways to make that less likely to happen and make the barriers better. Paul Edmonds from Red Dragon Consulting takes us through it.
Remember what it was like trying to stay abreast of the changing threats over the last few years? Do you listen to the radio? Which website has the most up-to-date information? Are there public postings for those who aren’t on the web? Where? How do you know? Well the Regional District has take a step forward in keeping you informed about threats as they happen. They’ve brought out an App (Voyent Alert) for phones and tablets that will get Push notifications about threats as they unfold. Push means you don’t have to make the App visit the website – it gets a notification all by itself. So if there’s a wildfire coming to where you are right now. or a flood, the App will let you know. It runs on both Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android systems. Listen to RDKB’s Interim Emergency Program Manager Mark Stephens explain more.
What if you’ve gone out into the wilderness hiking, biking, snowmobiling, or hunting and something happens and you need help. What are you going to do? Did you bring a GPS? Good – You know where you are. But how do you get that information to Help? Do you have a Satellite phone? No? How about a Two-Way radio? One that works in the mountains . . . Or as you lie there with your broken leg / burst appendix / cuts and scrapes will you be wondering how long your body will be there before its found? It doesn’t have to be that way or have that bad an outlook if you have an In-Reach device . . . with one of those rescuers can know exactly where you are and you can let them know what is wrong so they bring the right supplies to help you. Listen to Scott Lamont from Grand Forks Search and Rescue explain.
Politicians from various levels of government (not the feds) were present. Local city councillors were serving up pancake breakfast with the Elks on Saturday. Other were there to talk about what has happened, is happening and will take place in the future. Mayor Taylor, RDKB Chair Roly Russell and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice spoke.
While the Snow didn’t make an appearance the temperature was appropriately cold for the Santa Claus Parade on Dec 7. But the families lining the route showed that a little cold wasn’t going to keep them from enjoying the festivities.