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RED ORE CAR RESTORATION

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum is seeking an experienced woodworker to restore/rebuild the Red Ore Car.

It has really deteriorated just in the last couple of years and we need to restore it before it completely collapses.

This can be a contract or volunteer position, either way it is going to be a labor of love.

The ore car can be removed to do this.

The Heritage will provide advice and direction from a Heritage standpoint to the project.

Please drop us a line at bralornepioneermuseum@gmail.com or PM us on Facebook.

Society Act Information Request

In February 2020 the Bridge River Valley Community Association Board of Directors took action to address human resource issues with a member that began in September 2019. The BRVCA’s direction taken in this matter was a decision made by the board as a whole and it took into account the board’s legal responsibility under various provincial acts and workplace regulations to protect its staff, volunteers and organization.

The Bridge River Valley Community Association has since received requests from Steve Oakley and Terri Smith, for extensive lists of documents through the BC Registry Services. The BRVCA is working to furnish the requested material in such a way that satisfies all the legal requirements, respects privacy obligations, and provides complete transparency.

The Bridge River Valley Community Association has also sought advice as well as specific direction from the Registrar of Societies. The direction from the Registrar of Societies was to engage a lawyer to provide the needed advice to determine how the privacy of our members and staff (payroll) is affected by providing that information.

The BRVCA Board has given much consideration to the need for transparency and has put together a google drive folder for members to view that contains much of the material that has been requested, what has been left out is the material which is deemed to be sensitive personal and or private information and is under review.

At the link you will find the following documents that form part of the information request for documents through the BC Registry Services:

  • Constitution
  • Bylaws
  • Dir. Sal Demare’s Resignation Letter from BRVCA Board of Directors prior to swearing in as Director, Area A SLRD
  • Minutes of Meetings 2018-2019. As per Society Registrar letter. Any Sec. 56 disclosures are included in minutes as Directors identify the conflict and excuse themselves from the meeting, this is recorded.
  • Financial Statements 2018 – 2019. As per Society Registrar letter.
    Click here to view the documents

Other parts of the information requests were the membership lists including contact information, accounting records from 2014 to 2019. These have not been included until we receive legal advice (as per the Registrar of Societies) regarding privacy issues, and clarification as to how the information may be used (i.e. can it be made public?). The Board of Directors determined the BRVCA will update this post once we have received the legal advice. The BRVCA Board of Directors wants to thank the community for their support and understanding.

Snow Clearing Contract

The Bridge River Valley Community Association has several locations that will require snow clearing:

*Community Resource Building – Parking Lot Snow Plowing*

We are currently looking for a contractor or volunteer who will snow plow the small parking lot at the Community Resource Building and keep the stairs, walkways free of snow. Sanding may be required.  This clearing must be done on a very regular basis and during snow falls.

*Historic Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building*

This will involve some snow clearing where a quad/truck is needed as well as shoveling stairs in heavy snow conditions.

*Temporary Museum Location – Bralorne*

This will require mostly shovelling a path from road to door.  If quad/truck is available plowing the berm away that IRL leaves.

*Bralorne Church*

This is mostly shovelling on an as needed basis (we will usually advise) to keep pathway to stair, stairs and side door clear.

*Bridge River Valley Cemetery*

This, as per the church, will mostly be shovelling on an as needed basis (not necessarily when snowfall occurs) to keep a basic pathway open.

**Suitable for quad with plow, truck with plow or full equipment.
Please let us know if you are interested.  We are prepared to look at more than one contractor to cover these. Email bridgerivervalley@gmail.com

BRVCA and Bralorne Pioneer Museum Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Bridge River Valley Community Association and the Bralorne Pioneer Museum Society was very successful and well attended.

27 members attended which represent 28%  our membership to date this year.  Our total membership is 101 members and grew 38% in the period before the Annual General Meeting.   

The total members, the high number of renewals and the growth prior to the AGM show loads of sustained support for the BRVCA .  The membership is from every part of the Valley. Zoom AGM’s are interesting but we made it through very well and with a lot of good will. 

A highlight of the meeting was reviewing the Financial Statements in their new format.  Based on last year’s input our accountant worked with the Board Treasurer and came up with a new, but still standard, format which better reflects the financial activity of each of the committees as well 
as the core operations of BRVCA.

The following will be on the 11 member board of directors.  It can be noted that the majority of our director’s are returning.

2020-2021 (one year, first year of staggered elections)

Pat Dahle – President
Michelle Nortje – Treasurer/Secretary
Benno Chapman
Vanessa Abbott
Scott Mackenzie
Dave Sharpe

2020-2022 (2nd part of staggered elections)

Debbie Demare – Vice President
John Robins
Terri Smith
Shayne Selluski
Norris Girling

A short and very constructive board meeting was held following the Annual General Meeting.  Our board is looking forward to working together.Big thanks to everyone who gives their time to this board and all the others in the Valley. 

September Community Advisory

Bear Safety Day Saturday, Sept 5th
11:00 – 3:30 pm, Haylmore Heritage Site

Lydia Koot of the Hope Mountain Centre will be there to share her extensive knowledge of co-existing with black bears and grizzlies.   A bear spray clinic will be available.  This is a great opportunity to practice your “quick draw” with an inert spray.  Phil Branca, author of “Miners, Trapper, Hunters, Packers”, will also be on site to sign copies of his new book.  All activities will be outside, socially distanced and a Covid-19 event safety plan will be made available prior to the event.  Social distancing is in effect.

Public Meeting on Heritage Topics – 6 pm, Wednesday Sept 8th   
Zoom meeting id:  826 3502 6353

Area A Official Community Plan & Heritage Permit Area (Bralorne); Community Heritage Register, Local Government Heritage Status 4 buildings.

New Book! Miners, Trappers, Hunters, Packers and other tales from the Bridge River Valley by Phil BrancaWe have a new book for sale by original BRV resident, Phil Branca.  It’s a great read with fantastic history about the Bridge River Valley.  Available at the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum and Haylmore Heritage Site this summer and on-line here www.bridgerivervalley.ca/store/

Mountain Telegraph subscription

A great way to stay in touch with community news! A subscription includes 10 issues, digital or print available here …www.bridgerivervalley.ca/shop/

Employment Opportunities

www.brvca.ca/category/job-opportunities/

The Public Health Nurse will be in Gold Bridge on Sept 24th

Please call 250-256-1318 to schedule an appointment for immunizations

 Open for Business!

Both the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum and Haylmore Heritage Site are open to visitors.  Strict covid-19 protocols are in place at both sites for everyone’s safety www.bridgerivervalley.ca/covid/

Haylmore Heritage Site – Fridays & Mondays 12 – 4 pm / Saturday & Sunday 10-4 pm

Bralorne-Pioneer Museum  –  Friday thru Monday 10-4 pm

Community Resource Building remains closed to the public (too small for social distancing).

Trail Worker

Exploration Assistant

Membership Update

Membership update –  July 2020

A General Membership Meeting was held, via ZOOM, on June 29th.   Membership participation was 40% of the total eligible voting members and new by-laws were approved for both organizations.  While the new sets of by-laws differ slightly for each organization, the new version is an updated, progressive version with modern and succinct language. 

Key features for each organization include:

-A new on-line voting system for directors so all members can be easily included. 

-Staggered elections for directors

-Updated criteria for membership:

      1. Property ownership or resident

      2. Resident for one month minimum

      3. Someone with heritage/history here

Along with the by-laws a whole set of new policies were also created to ensure that operations and Annual General Meetings run smoothly and in a fair manner.

With the new staggered elections for the board, the 2020 elections will include the Vice-President position and 4 directors.  Due to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bridge River Valley Community Association and the Bralorne Pioneer Museum there will be a mirror process for the Bralorne Pioneer Museum.

Nominations for Directors

If you are interested in serving on the board of directions, you can email Pat Dahle, Nominations Chair, at bridgerivervalley@gmail.com.  Your nomination must be received by: August 28, 2020 11:59 pm

Your term will be for two years.  Board policy on expectations of directors will be provided upon acknowledgement of your nomination along with detailed instructions on how to proceed in the campaign period.

Online Voting

Elections can still be by acclamation if there is not a need for an election.

If there is a need for an election, online voting will occur between August 31 12:01 am to September 13 11:59 pm.

The Association is committed to ensuring that all voting members are able to participate in the Election of Directors. To promote active participation in voting measures from Individual members across the province, country, and around the world, the Association uses an electronic voting system that can be accessed from any Internet-enabled device in any location. On request the Association will make available the Association office computer to those that do not have access to one. The Online Voting System is confidential and secure.

All members and organizations that are eligible to Vote, will receive an  e-mail link to the Online Voting program.

 The announcement of the successful candidates will be announced at the AGM.

Membership Cut Off

As per the bylaws, no memberships related to the Election of Directors or the Annual General Meeting will be accepted after August 30, 11:59 p,

Annual General Meeting

Will be held on September 21, 2020. Due to COVID 19 it will be a ZOOM meeting, no in person. You will need to request a link to the Zoom meeting.    The agenda will be as per normal for an AGM.  This is a membership meeting and membership status will be verified prior to being admitted.  

Painting Job

Minor Painting Jobs

There are a variety of minor painting jobs that are suitable for someone who likes to paint.

They can be done by a volunteer (supplies paid) or a contract.

The current list include (but there are more):

-small washroom with new drywall

-outside door needs sanding and small amount of painting

-small wood sign needs sanding and repainting

-outdoor wooden walkway needs sanding and potentially repaint/stain

Send us an email at worktodo@bridgerivervalley.ca if you are interested.