Month: December 2020

Winterfest 2021

With the current Covid 19 restrictions extended to January 8th and the uncertainty about what will happen after that, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Winterfest 2021. We look forward to welcoming everyone to another amazing Winterfest in 2022. Stay safe & healthy!

Director Update

The Bridge River Valley Community Association Board of Directors met on December 7.  The meeting was positive and constructive and filled with good will, good questions and some good laughs.

The Board was so very pleased to approve the addition of a new committee, the Marshall Valley Community Association.  The Marshall Lake group had long had an informal group but needed some official status to undertake a variety of projects and decided that the umbrella model of BRVCA with its shared bookkeeping, insurance and other costs would work the best for them.  They will soon have a web page on the BRVCA website and their Terms of Reference will be linked to it.

Based on the challenges BRVCA has been undergoing since September 2019 with certain parties creating information about the BRVCA finances that is not based on any factual information, the Board of Directors committed $4,200 to do a Review Engagement set of financial statements for the 19/20 year.  The Board will ask the accountant to move as quickly as possible to produce this Review Engagement in order to ensure our members and community understand the BRVCA finances are open and above board.

What is a review engagement?  Most societies in the Bridge River Valley either do not use an accountant to prepare their financial statements or they have their statements prepared to a Notice to Reader level (a basic compilation).  By completing a review engagement of our financial statements, the accountant will perform more analytical tasks and will provide a statement of assurance there are not misstatements in the financial statements. This is not an audit (which might cost BRVCA $10,000) but will provide a moderate level of assurance on the accuracy of our financial statements. In taking this step, our Board is applying good governance by addressing the risk associated by the ongoing inaccurate statements being made in the community.

The BRVCA Board determined after a reasonable analysis that it is impossible to move forward with planning Winterfest in February 2021. There are just too many variables and possible outcomes, related to COVID19 and restrictions, to invest the time and money planning the event. With regret, and with full intent to come back bigger and better in 2021, the board voted to cancel this year’s event.

Finally, the BRVCA board endorsed in principle the development of a Respect in the BRV program.  Last year we all experienced the uptick in visitors sometimes with not good outcomes.  The board will work on a response for the expected greater second wave of similar visitation next year, combining education initiatives for visitors as well as encouraging the use of our businesses in the Valley.  First step is to get a workplan and costing in place in order to get needed funding to implement the program.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in these difficult times.  It will be different and we hope everyone will find ways to celebrate the joys of the season.

Statement re: Demares

Debbie and Sal Demare have asked us to provide the following information to the community.

It relates to their financial involvement with the Bridge River Valley Community Association and various rumors regarding it.

The basics are as follows:

1. Albi Enterprises, the consulting company they had up until late 2012, has had no payments from BRVCA.

2. Sal Demare has never been on an employment/labor/consulting contract with BRVCA, payouts to him are reimbursements.

3. Debbie Demare has never been on an employment/labor/consulting contract with BRVCA and payouts to her are all reimbursements and some personal loan repayments.

The links are below:

Letter re Debbie: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RYYxoz0z_A5FZ_h3oCNztxHhlRGg7O5u/view?usp=sharing

Letter re Sal – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YGki3JaqbadSC87fzvU3B-1mWS11RBoH/view

Sal’s blog post as Regional District Director , scroll to bottom under Personal Concerns: 
https://saldemare.ca/2020/05/24/slrd-area-a-directors-report-may-24-2020/

Bralorne Church Project:  Invoice and Cheque to Sal Demare (materials and travel only, labor was volunteered by Sal)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZX5ob0b_mOyyP4TgQf1UEHP2CzuFoyAC/view?usp=sharing

In order that the community have the facts which are contrary to statements being made in the community, it should be noted that the labor contracts (2) on this portion of the Church Project went to Steve Oakley:

Steve Oakley Payment for Labor/Equipment (1):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HXGx8jYHI2Gfr_etybkYIYHsfOIsgifQ/view?usp=sharing
Steve Oakley Payment for Labor/Equipment (2)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_nZwzQVKyqi_MH857jAw69ONvH3p0E08/view?usp=sharing

Additionally, we have included the Project Expenses Spreadsheet for the Entire Project which was submitted to NDIT.  We have redacted other contractor’s names for privacy.  Link Here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11mOUgnArJ0Jiz-HShS_Fl3k0ambjbm-l/view?usp=sharing
There are no other payments than what is listed here and all reports to NDIT have been verified and final payment to BRVCA made.

It is estimated that Sal Demare volunteered approximately 50 hours scoping out the problem, doing research and talking to previous renovators. During the project Sal worked along side Steve Oakley (paid contractor) as a volunteer and put in another 40 or so volunteer hours. Sal also donated material to the project for example the tiles in the bathroom. Following the project Sal compiled a report on the Church as a volunteer and also met with the Heritage Committee to present his findings. The link to that report is here:  
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1czSE61qDXYrFPDFlHaCLm38Lpd43Fqxu/view?usp=sharing

BRVCA wishes to once again thank Sal for his enormous committment on this project, were it not for him, the Church would not have been fixed. 

Sal and Debbie are very committed to our community and the Bridge River Valley Community Association.

We thank them for their thousands of hours of volunteer service and their financial support in many different ways over the last ten years.