October 20, 2014

Bamfield Community Affairs Society Meeting
Unofficial Minutes
20 October 2014
7:30pm Bamfield Community School


Attendance: Rose Janelle, Janice Pierce, Keith & Bernadette Wyton, Gerry Gassner, Diana Barstach,Marc Phillips, Roger Demontigny, Bob Baden, Amy McConnell, Kate Rolheiser, Catherine Thompson, Denice Roberge, Kristin Russell, Stefan Ochman, Charlie Clappis, JP Hastey, Mica Verburgge, Christine Gruman, Tao Eastman, Eric Geall, Fernando Descoteaux, Louis Druehl, Rae Hopkins

Minutes of 20th September 2014 motion to accept: K. Rolheiser/Seconded K. Russell. Received.

Treasurer’s Report - Stefan Ochman: Community Coastal Credit Union Hi Interest savings account: $29,780.28 ($24.18 interest); CCCU chequing account: $750.72 ($.01 interest). Motion to accept: B.Baden/ seconded R. Janelle. Received.

Correspondence – Rae Hopkins: Letters of community support for Music By the Sea were sent to James Lunney,MP, Scott Fraser, MLA, Coralee Oakes, Min. for Community Sports & Cultural Affairs, Gillian Wood, Executive Director BC Arts Council and Sarah Durno, Director of BC Arts Council.

Committee Reports

Bamfield Community School Association – Catherine Thompson:

  • 27th Oct. & Nov. 10th Toastmasters. These meetings take place the 2nd & 4th Monday of every month. 7pm at the school. Everyone welcome.

  • 30th Oct. at BCS pumpkin carving. Everyone welcome.

  • Watch for Japanese Cooking Class and a Community Lunch in November

  • 11th Nov. Remembrance Day Celebration at the school (check for time).

  • Circuit Training is happening every Tuesday at 5:15 at BCS. Tons of fun!  Tomorrow CT will take place outside on the school field rain or shine.

  • Yoga and Meditation. Every Wednesday, 5:15pm. Currently they are being held at Catherine’s residence but she hopes to move them to the RIX at the end of Nov. If you are interested call Catherine for directions -250 728 1220.

  • On a personal note: Sept. 27th 2014 Pachena Beach hosted the first Bamfield/Anacla Burns, an event inspired by “Burning Man”[a Calif. festival] and dedicated toward radical self-expression and inclusion. On Saturday there were various workshops including cedar rose making, yoga, meditation, hula hooping and poi. We had 4 DJs and a band. The music started at 1pm and went until 5am. A group of great volunteers built a 20ish foot “Man”, that we burned at 10pm, letting go of the old and welcoming the new. We estimate 150 people came out and we raised just over $1000 in donations, which covered our costs and went toward sound equipment, DJs decorations & supplies. The campground was so impressed with the event and clean-up that next year we are allowed to have the festival go all weekend and play music into the morning. Abby Hawkins, Jimmy Spencer & I[Catherine] would like to thank everyone who participated, we could not have done it without the support of the community.

Bamfield Community Hall Society – Rose Janelle:

  • The Hall will be making goody bags for the school children at Halloween.

  • Look for a  general meeting to be announced in November.

BVFD Auxiliary- Janice Pierce:

  • 31st of Oct. Fireworks at 7:30 pm on West Gov. dock.  Halloween Dance at the Fire Hall $20.00 a ticket.

Bamfield Community School –Kristin Russell

  • The next SD 70 School Board meeting will be in Bamfield the 21st of October– 6pm public invited.

  • 10th Nov. Remembrance Day Ceremony with the 15 students. Public welcome.


BCSA Board of Directors-Charlie Clappis:

  • AGM was recently held and there are five new directors; Christine Gruman, Kate Rolheiser, Nicole Gerbrandt, Ruth Holden and Kristen Young. Sandwiches and sundaes were served afterwards.


Bamfield Road Safety-Stefan Ochman:

  • Contractors did not bring gravel to put down on the west side roads. These roads are a disaster and safety hazard [note: the Bamfield Road Committee was created to deal with issues of & on the Bamfield Road to Port Alberni].

  • Brushing was done in places along the Bamfield Rd but the scotch broom is still an issue. There needs to be a letter from Community affairs to Jonathan Tilley, Ministry of Transportation, concerning invasive species of plants along the road.

Bamfield Huu ay aht Community Forest-Stefan Ochman:

  • Randy Aiken the main person responsible for approval of  the community forest management plan has made no decision since timber supply analysis was submitted.

  • Need to have the AGM this calendar year to retain the license.

  • Stefan will be away after the 14th of Nov. traveling to So. America.

Regional Representative’s Report-Eric Geall:

  • Just finished attending a water board meeting at the Fire Hall

  • water testing to decide what system of water treatment will be used in Bamfield will begin soon - $100,000 for this testing.

  • Bamfield water system is being flushed to reduce the age of the water.

  • There will be no changes to the water system for at least a year. Spring 2016.

  • The estimated cost of the project is $1.25million. We should be eligible for funding to cover 2/3 the cost by the small community infrastructure fund but might have to borrow from regional finance fund.

  • No idea of operational costs.

  • Les Butler will be trained in the operation of a new system.

  • Eric recently attended the Union of BC Municipalities conference where local government types have the opportunity to liaise with provincial government.

BVFD Auxiliary Grant-in-aid: Community Affairs directors voted unanimously to approve the $5000.00 request. The cheque was given to Janice Pierce.

Introduction of ACRD Regional Representative nominees
Eric Geall – Eric as incumbent would like to see the completion of the water system and parks and trails.
Keith Wyton - Keith is committed to keep local concerns front and centre and represent the entire Electoral Area A-Bamfield.

REMEMBER TO VOTE SATURDAY 15TH of NOVEMBER 2014 AT BAMFIELD FIREHALL 8:00AM-8:00PM –Bring 2 pieces of identification (1 with voters signature & 1 with place of residence)
 Or  Visit ACRD website www.acrd.bc.ca  or www.acrd.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=266 for Qualifying to vote Resident or Non-resident  information or Advance Voting Opportunities or Mail-in Votes or call Wendy Thomson ACRD Chief Election Officer 250 720 2706 or wendy.thomson@acrd.bc.ca
Saturday 15th November 2014 - FIRE HALL - 8am-8pm

MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2014-7:30pm at Bamfield Community School

submitted by Rae Hopkins