Day: November 22, 2021

Training Committee Chair

The Valley Wide Training Committee is looking for a chair. If you love to see training for the entire Valley that helps us with serious issues such as wildfire, first aid, food etc. this is a straightforward role. It isn’t a huge time consuming role as it is well defined and has been worked through for a number of years.

The BRVCA Valley Wide Training Committee organizes and facilitates learning and development to increase knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve the level of safety and education required throughout our remote location.

If you are interested please contact the office at bridgerivervalley@gmail.com and they will put you in touch with committee members who can provide more detail.


BRVCA General Committee Chair Role

• In collaboration with committee members and staff determine meeting times and places
• In collaboration with committee members and staff develop agenda based on previous minutes and items coming up, work with staff to put it together and have it sent out ahead of meeting
• Ensure minutes are completed and distributed by whoever is doing them, review to ensure they are ok, have them or send out to committee for check
• Chair the meetings or ensure someone is there to chair
• Be a point person and advisor on communication etc., someone who staff/vollies go to for support etc.
• Ensure Terms of Reference for the committee are followed
• Come to BRVCA/BPM Board Meetings when requested or needed by circumstances

Specific Valley Training Committee Chair’s Role/Responsibilities

  • If new to the Committee, familiarize yourself with the program.
  • Sal DeMare a previous Chair can help with this.
  • The Committee meets 3 times or more a year and can be done virtually.
  • At first meeting in January or early February:
  • Training Committee requires a Treasurer but can be the Chair.
  • Review the Training Matrix Data sheets to see which courses will require recertification and how many participants may require recertification.
  • Review previous Survey Monkey results and comments on courses not listed.
  • Decide with the Committee which courses they would like to see on the Survey Monkey.
  • BRVCA Staff will put out the Survey Monkey on Social Media.
  • At the second meeting in late February or early March:
  • Review the outcomes of the Survey Monkey and decide which courses are going to be put on.
  • Decide which days the courses will be put on.
  • Staff will reach out to the Training Providers for availability and quotes.
  • In between second and third meeting:
  • Confirm and review trainer availability and quotes.
  • Build a draft Training Plan with courses dates and costs.
  • Review Committee Bank Balance and what funding will be required to put on the courses.
  • At the third meeting in April:
  • Review the Draft Training Plan and confirm with the Committee that the plan is achievable and approve it.
  • Staff will build Cognito Registration Forms and put out on Social Media.
  • Staff will book Trainers and confirm rental of facilities if required.
  • Work with the BRVCA Grant Writer for funding requests.
  • Other tasks:
  • Review the New Director Orientation Check List with any new Committee members.
  • Chair, Staff or other volunteer can do opening statements at any of the training sessions and at course ends.
  • Staff will take care of all paperwork for contracting etc.
  • Staff will help Trainers with accommodations etc and anything else they may need.
  • Staff will prepare Sign in Sheets and any other documentation required.
  • Staff will update the Training Matrix.
  • Staff will take care of the invoices.
  • Review Committee Transaction Reports and Budget with Treasurer and build the upcoming years Budget.
  • Prepare Meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Help with promoting the Training Program on Social Media.

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding signed to work together in spirit of collaboration and partnership

The Bridge River Valley Community Association (BRVCA) together with Tsal’alh Development Corporation, Bralorne Gold Mines, Cobalt One Energy Corp, Endurance Gold and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in the spirit of collaboration and partnership.

The signatories to the MOU have made a commitment to each other to:

*  Listen and seek to understand, always showing mutual respect;

*  Build trust through integrity, honesty and transparency in all communications;

*  Engage, where possible, in full and early communication of events or initiatives that have the potential to affect shared or individual objectives; and

*  Display long-term commitment to support and maintain the intent of this MOU.

Pat Dahle, President of the BRVCA comments, “This MOU is an important symbol of our commitment to work together with our Indigenous neighbours and industry partners on unceded St’at’imc territory.  In a community as small as ours, the only way we can create sustainability is through these relationships and partnerships. We are especially pleased to be working closely with Tsal’alh Development Corporation to explore affordable housing opportunities for our senior residents and those most vulnerable and hope to soon have support from BC Housing to undertake more detailed planning.”

Sal DeMare, Director, SLRD Electoral Area A shared, “I was pleased to sign this MOU on behalf of the SLRD. It’s been great to see some of the mining sector interests operating in the region come together with Tsal’alh Development Corporation, the BRVCA and the SLRD to create what I think is a valuable framework to guide us as we work to improve communication and build stronger relationships. We look forward to continued collaboration with the other parties to this MOU, and to welcoming other businesses, community organizations and St’át’imc communities to join us, for the benefit of everyone who lives, works, plays and has ties to this spectacular place.” 

While each organization that signed the MOU has its own mandate and objectives, all parties have confirmed that they share the following objectives:

*  Enhancing relations and pursuing collaborative economic development opportunities with the St’át’imc Nation and communities; and,

*  Creating a resilient and prosperous local economy that attracts a sustainable permanent population of people having employable skills and a desire to contribute to community life.

Rod Louie, CEO of Tsal’alh Development Corporation noted, “This commitment to work together and build mutually beneficial working relationships is important.  As individuals, businesses and government bodies, we have more in common than is often acknowledged. All non-Indigenous signatories to this MOU have worked hard to become aware and to be respectful of the unceded territories of St’at’imc, and other indigenous peoples. “

The signatories intend to collaborate on a number of important initiatives as time and resources permit, including:

*  Building and strengthening relationships with St’át’imc communities;

*  Growing the permanent resident base in the region including families with school aged children;

*  Preserving and protecting cultural and heritage assets;

*  Increasing the supply of long-term housing for purchase and rental

*  Improving road access to the area; and

*  Building and maintaining support for a successful mining industry.

Michael McPhie, Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs with Talisker Resources commented, “It is an honour for the Talisker and Bralorne Gold Mines team to be a part of this.  We recognize this as unceded territory and that we are guests here.  Our overarching goal is to contribute positively to the well being of the people and communities who call the Bridge River Valley home and being a signatory to this MOU is a symbol of our commitment to that.”  

Charles Daley, Mining Industry consultant for Endurance Gold and Cobalt Energy One states, “The mining industry wishes to operate respectfully and sustainably in the unceded St’at’imc traditional territory. There are many other parties that also depend upon the resources of the Upper Bridge River Valley and contribute to its social, cultural and economic health and vitality – we encourage others to become signatories to the MOU and join us in this journey.”

The MOU text can be viewed here:  https://bit.ly/3kRApd5

Community organizations, individuals and businesses interested in learning more about the MOU, including how to get involved, can contact the Bridge River Valley Community Association at bridgerivervalley@gmail.com or by telephone at (250) 238-2534.