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BVBTC Virtual AGM Results are In!

Casting a vote. Photo by Orna Wachman 2019 from Pixabay
Photo credit: Orna Wachman, Pixabay, 2019.

Every vote matters. And you demonstrated that.

Seventy votes were cast in our 57th BVBTC AGM, keeping in-step with turnout levels of previous meetings.

While we miss our in-person interactions and tasty BBQ potlucks, your continued support and dedication indicates confidence in the Club as we continue to manage under unprecedented circumstances.

THANK YOU. Your membership and active participation is the backbone of our Club.

To recap, 70 online votes were cast and all approved the three presented items:

(1) Minutes of the 56th Annual General Meeting (2019) of BVBTC
(2) 2019-2020 Financial Statements
(3) BVBTC Board of Directors for 2020-2021

Keith Solomon Award Celebrates Tireless Trail Workers!

Keith Solomon Award. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2015
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2015.

Fifty two years ago, Keith Solomon of Meaford was inspired to support the development of the Bruce Trail along the length of the Beaver Valley. He motivated other volunteers to join him in blazing the trail.

In 1995, the Keith Solomon Award was established in his honour to celebrate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the improvement or preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. His wife, Marguerite, offered one of his boots which, bronzed and mounted on a base, became the Keith Solomon Award for the past 25 years.

Today we recognize the unsung heroes who over time or for certain periods contribute significantly to the trail we love so much. Included would be: the individuals, couples and families who for years have quietly looked after their own piece of the ribbon of wilderness -- and the trail workers who without fail and fanfare can be counted on when the call goes out for volunteers, for a flying squad to build a bridge, complete a reroute or whipper-snip someone els’’s trail -- and the chain sawyers who literally risk life and limb every time they respond to another plea to remove a tree that is threatening other hikers’ safety.

This year the 2020 Keith Solomon Award goes to the whole team of trail captains and trail workers. Congratulations and thank you.

The Boot will be on display at the Ravenna Country Market and the Kimberley General Store throughout the year.

Congrats to BVBTC Volunteer of the Year!

Irena Marinko mans Bruce Trail booth at Kimberley 150 event. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2018
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2018.

Irena Marinko is a vital member of the Communications and Publicity group of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club. She shares information with our members and with the public. While some roles are carried out in public, Irena contributes so much expertise and time to the functioning of the BVBTC out of the public eye, at her computer.

Since 2016, Irena has been our webmaster. With an educational background in Computer Science and a passion for hiking and other outdoor activities, she was well positioned to take on this role. Her enthusiasm and collegial spirit was evident from the start. She worked at designing a website that flowed well for users, making sure that key information was easy to locate. As a relative newcomer to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, she learned about roles and responsibilities and activities within the Club.

Over the years, there have been changes in the kind of information that our Club shares on our website and how it is shared. For example, our schedule of Club hikes moved from being a pdf document to a detailed schedule on our website to a link to the schedule shown on the BTC website. Throughout this process, Irena had constructive ideas and was responsive to new directions from the Board.

Irena continues to be very audience-focused when new content is added to our website. She is able to put herself in the shoes of people who visit our website. Typically, she uses the information provided to her by news generators such as specific Board members, and then writes it up and formats it so that it addresses what website visitors came to find out, checking with all of the stakeholders to ensure that the content is an accurate reflection of the new information.

Before Irena became the webmaster, she took on the role of being the editor of Beaver Bytes, a new e-newsletter. Each month members are sent a newsletter with three to four short bites, or should we say “Bytes”. She has a good sense of what is interesting to our members and she is careful to work collegially to ensure that content and tone are right. Not always an easy job. There are months when it’s a “slow news month” and other months when news is changing hard and fast. And yet, each month, our members receive a professional-quality electronic newsletter. Beyond our Club, Irena has built a good relationship with BTC staff as our Club newsletters are sent out by the Conservancy.

In conversation and in e-mails, Irena is a friendly and reliable and vital part of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club. Thank you, Irena Marinko, Volunteer of the Year!

BVBTC Applauds Its Longstanding Volunteers!

View from Old Baldy over Kimbeely and Beaver Valley. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2013.
Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch 2013.

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