24 Feb Update

Dear BRVCA and Bralorne Pioneer Museum Society Member,

The BRVCA and Bralorne Pioneer Society Board of Directors met on Monday, February 22 for its quarterly meeting.

The BRVCA meeting started out with a huge boost with the announcement, just received that day, that the Bridge River Valley Community Association 
has been funded for $300,000 for the Conservation of the Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building and the Adaptive Reuse as a Museum.
The funding source is Community Economic Resiliency Infrastructure Program, the Unique Heritage Infrastructure Stream.  
The financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development was gratefully acknowledged.
A strategy meeting will go ahead to determine how to approach the funding – if renovations proceed immediately or if we attempt to use this funding to leverage for the additional funding required to do all the conservation work on the building.  Much more information will be put out in public in the coming months.

Susan Medville, the Heritage Consultant who has worked on this project since its inception walked the Board through the Conservation Plan for the building.  
Read here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/16r7aRDDAsC8RhAHo_kDUftRmtH6v1TPD/view?usp=sharing

A review of this year’s operational budget and last years cost centre performance was undertaken led by Michelle Nortje, the Board Treasurer.

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum Board of Directors reviewed the informal Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss statements as well as the 2021 budget for the Museum. Our financial administrator, Cara Demare, led this part of the discussion.  The Museum fared well considering the COVID 19 situation in 2020.

The BRVCA Board of Directors accepted the 37 new memberships and renewals received between Dec. 2 and Feb. 18.

The board also did an extensive review of their Access to Records Policy and Bylaw Sections.  The Society Act was updated in 2016 and includes many new provisions for inspections of records some of which include a great deal of private information.  The Society Act does make provision for Societies to restrict public access to some of the records including accounting records (general ledgers, bank statements etc) and membership lists as well as other documents.  Based on legal advice stemming from mid-2020 Society Act information requests and a late 2020 claim with the Civil Resolution Tribunal, the board made recommendations to add to their bylaws at an upcoming General or Annual General Meeting as well as circulate a DRAFT Access to Records policy to the various committees for their comments.

The next planned meeting for the BRVCA and BPM will be a quarterly meeting in late May. We want to thank our board members for their committment to the community and their thoughtfulness in their advice and working through everything related to our community and BRVCA and the Museum.

Pat Dahle
President

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