Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Annual General Meeting (2011)

Monday March 26, 2012  6:00pm-9:30pm

Aspen Riverhouse Restaurant and Lounge - Smithers

On March 26, 2012, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre hosted over 50 members and guests at its annual general meeting, held at the Aspen Inn's Riverside Grill in Smithers. This annual gathering and awards ceremony recognizes individuals and research that have contributed to sustainability in northwestern B.C.

This year's recipient of the Volunteer Award was Sybille Haeussler. Sybille was recognized for her project "Restoring Endangered Whitebark Pine Ecosystems of West Central British Columbia," which she has been involved in since 2011. Threatened by the effects of climate change, mountain pine beetle, fire suppression and white pine blister rust, WBP has been the victim of rapid decline in recent years, and this project is about community-led restoration. Sybille entertained and amused the AGM crowd with her whitebark pine seedling, nicknamed Barky.

The research centre also welcomes new board members Regina Saimoto (Northwest Community College), Harvey Tremblay (Hy-Tech Drilling) and Adrian de Groot (Drosera Ecological Consulting), as well as the return of board member Sybille Haeussler to the president's seat. Alison Beal, Greg Knox, Brian Edmison, Don Morgan, Laurence Turney, Tony Pesklevits and Irene Ronalds also remain on the board.

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre wishes to thank retiring board members Andrea Kosalko, Paul Wojdak and, in particular, Debbie Cichowski, who was a very involved board member for five years, serving on several sub-committees including the scholarship committee and strategic planning committee.