2017 AGM Member’s Packet

Association of Suzuki Elders

Sixth Annual General Meeting

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:30 am to noon

Terra Boardroom, David Suzuki Foundation

Vancouver, BC

 

Right to left:  Penny Wilson, Conrad Guelke, Diana Ellis, Peggy Olive, Jim Park, Don Marshall, Simon Wheeler, Stan Hirst, Cynthia Lam, Erlene Woollard, Errol McKinstry.  Not in photo:  Karl Perrin, Dan Kingsbury, Neale Adams, Jerry Growe, Deb Jack, Bob Worcester.

AGM 2016/17 Member Packet – Contents

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Education & Community Engagement Working Group
  • Communication Working Group
  • Non Partisan Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Chair, Suzuki Elder Council
  • Nominations to Suzuki Elder Council 2017/18
  • AGM Minutes, April 2016

Agenda for the Sixth Annual General Meeting of the Association of Suzuki Elders

Time:  Thursday, April 20 2017, 9:30 – noon

Place:  Terra Boardroom, DSF offices

9:30  Welcome and reflection (Conrad Guelke)

9:35  Introduction of and comments from – Tracey Friesen, Director of DSF Communications

9:50  Suzuki Elder Progress Review, May 2016 to April 2017

  • Treasurer’s Report – Jim Park
  • Education and Community Engagement Working Group – Jim Park, Erlene Woollard
  • Communication and Connection Working Group – Neale Adams
  • Non Partisan Advocacy Working Group – Simon Wheeler
  • Membership – Margo Elfert, Cynthia Lam
  • Chair’s Report – Diana Ellis

10:20   Coffee Break

10:35   Report from Nominating Committee and confirmation of 2017/18 Council Members – Conrad Guelke

10:45   Some Good-byes

11:00   Guest SpeakerJay Ritchlin, Director General, Western Region, David Suzuki Foundation, on all things to do with fish and DSF!  Presentation and Q/A.

11:55   Closing words, and adjourn for a light lunch, noon – 1 pm in the Terra Boardroom


AGM 2016/17 Treasurer’s Report For Fiscal Year 2016/17

The Association of Suzuki Elders falls within the Public Engagement section of the Communications Department of the David Suzuki Foundation. We are subject to the same financial regulations and audit requirements, including the disbursement of honoraria, the annual budget planning/approval process, and strict protocols regarding the reimbursement of Suzuki Elder event costs. Suzuki Elder budget items include funds for the costs of community outreach events, forums, workshops, salons, meetings (including the annual retreat), marketing materials and office supplies. Our allotted budget is $6,000.

The 2016-17 fiscal year, (September 1 – August 31,) has been one of planning for the future. The March 2017 Forum and the summer 2017 Bowen Island Retreat were earmarked to receive 60% of this year’s annual budget but both events were cancelled for logistical reasons. 50% of the $1358 reservation fee for the Forum location was refunded when the event was cancelled. However, it should be noted that this cost was deducted from the previous year’s budget and the refund was returned to DSF general revenues.

All working groups used this year to evaluate program successes, modify those that weren’t optimally working as planned, and to develop new ones. While, to date, few expenses have been charged to this year’s budget it is expected that approximately $2000 will be spent on project and event materials prior to the Foundation’s August 31 fiscal year end.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Park, Treasurer, Suzuki Elder Council

 

AGM 2016/17 Education and Community Engagement Working Group

The Education and Community Engagement Working Group continues our commitment to educate both ourselves and our broader community in a mutually enriching way.  We recognize and value our interconnectedness and diversity.  We strive to be both teacher and student. We encourage communication with youth, for they understand contemporary social currents and can provide education and guidance to us as we choose our project work for the year. Working from an elder perspective, individually and together, we provide our experience and energy in collaboration with others to help society prepare for and embrace positive change so as to make our environment a healthier place for ourselves and for future generations.

2016/2017 was a year of lively thought and conversation while planning processes, sharing ideas, building/deepening relationships and laying groundwork to ensure the success for future projects for education and engagement.  With other Elders we were involved for ten months in the planning of the March 2017 Forum however logistical obstacles prevented that event from coming to fruition and was cancelled. The legacy of that work will be carried into salons and workshops over the next year.  Highlights of other activities include the following, with various members taking the lead on each project:

  • We continued to improve the educational booth with updated information. New brochures pertaining to our projects are in the works.
  • Members repeated a salon called Food Security in the 21st Century; Are We Prepared?   on April 18 2016, at The North Shore Elder College.
  • We facilitated and evaluated an intergenerational workshop in May 2016 called Building Resilience to Climate Disruption.   The content from the above workshop and two previous salons has now evolved into an up-coming series of small conversational circles which will be held as a pilot over the next three-four months (one has already taken place).  These will be called “Staying Resilient as Our Climate Changes:  Thinking and Feeling Our Way Forward.”   With these small gatherings we hope to attract new audiences and build deeper relationships in the broader community by offering an opportunity to come together to listen, learn, feel, express, and act.  Tools from this pilot series will be shared and offered as a blueprint for future such conversation gatherings.
  • Our working group was involved in planning a major session of the annual Elder summer retreat in August 2016. Our theme “What do we say Yes to” was inspired by the recent book written by Jim Hoggan “I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up”.
  • Several of our members contributed to the Suzuki Elder Facebook page and Suzuki Elder website and we continue to explore new ideas and tools for innovative and creative use of social media.
  • We worked with the other working groups and the council on their projects to support our mandate.
  • We spent several of our monthly meetings exploring ideas for enhancing positive public discourse and identifying issues that we, as environmentalists/citizens of this earth could “say yes to” with certain compromises.  Each member was asked to spend time selecting a topic on “tough” environmental topics that we could say “yes to” under certain conditions and to come prepared to discuss the results of the process that we used to “get to yes”.  The purpose of this exercise was to explore, in depth, chosen topics and prepare points of connection that we can use in the upcoming election, in our booth discussions, or wherever we choose to challenge the belief that “environmentalists” are all so negative and seldom supportive of economic developmental uses of our natural resources. We also hope to encourage positive public dialogue where we move from toxic to fruitful discourse.  Members delved into really tough topics such as fish farms, mining issues, pipelines etc.  Much homework and reporting back was done and many lively discussions ensued as we realized the many facets that went into making hard decisions to do with socio-economic issues and maintaining a healthy planet.  However, knowing this, there is still room for prevention and balance as we become better stewards of the earth.   We must enhance our depth of knowledge and make our values known to decision makers in order to create a future for the public good. The discussion goes on. A report of this process and tools for further discussions will be forthcoming.

Our members continue to inspire us with the work that they do outside the group in trying to create a healthy and sustainable environment for all; they report their accomplishments and challenges to us regularly, and we love to hear about all of it.  Thank you everyone for a job well done and for caring and sharing in such useful and positive ways; you provide us with unwavering support and resources, and help lay the groundwork for future work. This coming year promises to be one full of stimulating challenges – and we are ready!

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Park and Erlene Woollard, Co-Chairs, Education and Community Engagement Working Group

Members:  Cynthia Lam, Stan Hirst, Carlos Hardy, Erlene Woollard, Jim Park, Don Marshall, Jill Schroder, Jerry Growe, Patricia Plackett, Virginia Gillespie, David Cook, Ros Kellett, Eva Wadolna.

 

AGM 2016/17 Communications and Connections Working Group

The role of the Communication and Connection Working Group is to assist Suzuki Elders as they communicate their vision, values and an elder perspective on environmental issues and actions to specific groups and the general public.

The working group manages several communications vehicles. They include:

  • email amongst members of the Council
  • a Google Groups bulletin board for all Suzuki Elders
  • a Facebook page
  • a website for members and the general public (suzukielders.org).

These involve many hours of work by Elders Stan Hirst and Peggy Olive on the website, and Elder Bob Worcester managing the Facebook site and Google Groups, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Email amongst members of the Council was lively. During the year at least 200 messages were exchanged. No incidents of flaming were reported and proper etiquette was maintained.

The Google Groups bulletin board for all Suzuki Elders experienced over 250 posts. Here members exchange news stories and other relevant pieces of information with each other.

The Elders Facebook page is currently “liked” by 661 people, which means they are more likely to see the page when they log into Facebook. This represents a net increase of 154 people during 2016-7. During a recent month posts on the page engaged people 754 times when they either liked the page, commented, or shared a post. An innovation introduced in 2017 was the closer linking of posts made to the website and to the Facebook site respectively.  This, coupled with paid “boosting” of Facebook posts, has led to a noticeable increase in online traffic to both sites.

The Website during the 12 months of the 2016/2017 period saw the posting of 27 items to the website, each categorized under one or more of 10 subjects.  This is an increase from the total of 20 the previous year.  We note that the term “blog” was dropped from use in relation to the website since the meaning and significance of the term seemed to have confused SE members in the past, with undertones of exclusivity. Items added to the website are now referred to as simply “posts”.

During the year these posts attracted attention from 5046 online viewers around the globe, 31% of them from the U.S.A., 14% from France, 10% from Canada, and the remaining 45% scattered across 165 other countries. Most viewers were drawn to the website by search engines such as Google.

The subscriber list for the website currently totals 144, a modest number by internet standards, made up mainly of Suzuki Elder members, who collectively made 78 comments on the 27 posts.

By contrast, 583 of the 661 fans of the Facebook page are in Canada (88%), with 36 from the US and a scattering from 29 other countries.

In a February 2017 review of the website the Communications Group noted that the Suzuki Elders, as a group, have yet to clearly define goals and user policies for the two online sites, and the Communications will be working on this issue during the coming year. The Group will also be involved in providing communications expertise and resources to other Suzuki Elder groups, finishing the Elder Story Project, participating in the Foundation’s summer camp as story tellers, and pursuing links with First Nations Elders in ways that enhance shared knowledge of elder perspectives on the environment.

Respectfully submitted,

Neale Adams, chair (with contributions from Stan Hirst and Bob Worcester)

Members:  Neale Adams, Bob Worcester, Stan Hirst, Peggy Olive, Simon Wheeler.  Elder Story Project:  Neale Adams, Margo Elfert, Diana Ellis.

 

AGM 2016/17 Non Partisan Advocacy Working Group

The group was formed in the spring of 2016 and has since had three meetings as well as several issue analysis consultations with DSF staff.  We have a process for discussing and approving external advocacy requests and this year we initiated our own work in several areas.

Site C:  at the request of Elder member Roger Bryenton the group considered a response to the Site C dam construction project.  We sought guidance from Peter Robinson, CEO of the Foundation on the Foundation’s view of this project. The DSF position is that the dam infringes on First Nations rights and that the project has not completed an adequate environmental assessment.  Accordingly the group submitted letters to the Federal and Provincial governments supporting the DSF position and requesting a review and moratorium on the project.  Replies were received from both areas of government but no substantive action is expected.

Coastal waters protection:  We wrote Premier Clark, and others, regarding our concern over the lack of a “world leading spill response system” related to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion proposal.

Green/Sustainable travel:  Work is in progress by Karl Perrin and Simon Wheeler. The intention is to produce a flyer explaining the environmental cost of various options plus suggestions on how to minimize those costs.

Alternate/Renewable Energy:  Work in progress by Simon Wheeler.  In March 2017 Simon met with Steve Kux of DSF who suggested that the most effective action will be at the local Community Energy level. We will examine ways to be effective in that sphere. Simon has recently given two well attended talks on Solar Energy on Salt Spring Island, where there is a high level of interest on the topic.

Building Infrastructure:  Eva Wadolna brought this issue to the Elders and is taking the lead.  The concern is the big carbon footprint in the construction and demolition of buildings and issues around the construction of sustainable buildings.  The theme is “Yes to green infrastructure, No to ‘petro-chemical architecture.”

Salmon Farming:  Inspired by a post by Stan Hirst on the SE website, we will examine ways to campaign on this issue.

Respectfully submitted,

Simon Wheeler, Chair

Members:  Karl Perrin, Margo Elfert, Erlene Woollard, Eva Wadolna, Diana Ellis, Simon Wheeler.  Conrad Guelke acts as a consultant to the group.


AGM 2016/17 Membership Report

As of April 2017, we have 112 Suzuki Elder members.  Five members joined since May 2016, and four members asked to be removed from our list.  Upon joining new members receive an Orientation Handbook and are now assigned a ‘buddy’ member from the Suzuki Elder Council.

At a council meeting in May 2016, we discussed membership at length, including the diversity of our membership. We decided a good first step to better involve members would be to do a direct phone call with existing members in the BC region in order to update ourselves on members’ current status and activities, and to connect and facilitate their involvement with Suzuki Elder Programs.

A number of council members volunteered to be the callers, each using a divided up list of members, and a guide for the phone conversation. The success for this phoning experience varied as some members were difficult to reach, either were away or busy in their active lives.

Overall the calling proved to be a worthy effort as contacted members were pleased to be connected this way, and a few have accepted our offer of a buddy for ongoing liaison. A few members requested to withdraw from our list.  The Membership Phoning Project will continue.

As an effort of membership outreach, Karl Perrin and Cynthia Lam jointly presented a talk in October 2016, titled” Search of happiness under the threat of Climate Change” to a group from Chinese Canadian community. A video was made and archived. A 2 page interview was published in November in Canadian City Post (in Chinese).  During 2016/17 we also wrote and e-mailed two “Member News Updates” to all Suzuki Elders.

Respectfully submitted,

Margo Elfert (Administration)

Cynthia Lam (Connections)

Members:  Margo Elfert (Administration), Cynthia Lam, Diana Ellis (Connections).

Member Phoning Project:  Cynthia Lam, Diana Ellis, Margo Elfert, Dan Kingsbury, Jerry Growe, Don Marshall, Deb Jack, Conrad Guelke, Bob Worcester, Stan Hirst.

 

AGM 2016/17 Report from Chair of the Suzuki Elder Council

“Numbers and Learnings”

“What do you Suzuki Elders actually DO?” is a question we are often asked.  I’m never sure if people ask out of some romantic hope that if they join us they get to climb up on the barricades to wave a flag with David Suzuki’s face on it, or perhaps they think that as Suzuki Elders they would be expected to provide scientific pro-environment lectures on request.   My answer is always two-part.  First, we walk a line in between both those images.  Suzuki Elders participate with others in actions to support a sustainable planet and we research, develop and provide interesting learning experiences for other elders and youth.  The second part of my answer is that we also strive, as a group, to be curious about issues, to educate ourselves, to consider new analyses. If there is any model we fit, it is that of the lifelong learner.  We are also irascible at times, (an elders prerogative!), stubborn, hopeful, passionate, caring, and open to shifting our viewpoints.

I want to tell the story of numbers and learnings over this past year, May 2016 to April 2017.  What did we do, how did we do it, and what did that result in?   Let’s start with the numbers.

The people

-There are 112 Suzuki Elders in Canada (and in a few other countries).  85% live in the BC’s lower mainland.

-The Elder Council consists of 16 elected members, all living in the BC lower mainland region.  Approximately 24 other Elders in this region are actively involved in Elder work, i.e. they attend meetings, events, marches.  That total of 40 people makes up about 45% of the Suzuki Elder membership.

-We also know that while other Suzuki Elders members may not be as involved with events we generate, they are already  active in their own communities on issues such as water stewardship, reconciliation with First Nations, cycling, anti-fracking and fossil fuel development, nature walks, youth outdoor education, alternative energy, and adult education workshops. Suzuki Elders carry their environmental hearts on their sleeves wherever they are – churches, community centres, book groups, other NGO’s, political parties – and to whoever they may be speaking with, be they friends, politicians, grandchildren, neighbours or colleagues.

The meetings

-This year the Council (sixteen members) held ten meetings, the executive (five members) met ten times, and we hosted one Annual General Meeting.  Speakers presented at six of our Council meetings.

-The Education Working Group (thirteen members) held ten official meetings, and many smaller sub-group meetings.

-The Communications Working Group (five members) held three official meetings, and numerous check-in sessions.

-The Non Partisan Advocacy Working Group (six members) held three meetings and numerous ad hoc caucuses.

-The Membership Group (three members, plus all-Council input) held three meetings.

-The ad hoc Forum Planning Group (nine members) held ten meetings.

The projects and events, May 2016 to April 2017

-We continue to be guided by our annual strategic work plan, which we revisit, review and evaluate every year.

-We planned and facilitated one annual Summer Retreat (31 participants) on the theme of “Saying Yes and Saying it Well.”

-We planned and facilitated one Resilience Workshop (24 participants).

-We planned and facilitated one Food Security Workshop (25 participants).

-We discussed, researched, and wrote two non partisan advocacy letters (Site C, Coastal protection)

-We planned and supervised one membership phoning project (eight callers).

-We had one Christmas potluck social (we need more of these!).

-Two elders told our elder stories to 40 young people at Camp Suzuki in Howe Sound last summer.

-We worked hard over a ten month period to plan workshops and book speakers for what was to be our fourth major public forum this past March.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we chose to cancel this event.  We learned the importance of having a “Plan B” for next time!

-We spoke to community groups (Chinese Elders, West Side Seniors, high school youth, community events).  Two of our Elders, Lillian Ireland and Rob Dramer, were spotted on the steps of the Alberta Legislature leading a group of anti-fracking protesters in song!

-We attended, as individuals, numerous rallies, marches, film nights, lectures, community gatherings, workshops and conferences.  We keep ourselves informed and we tell others what we learned.

Here are some observations about our Suzuki Elders learnings this past year:

  1. We were inspired by Jim Hoggan’s book “I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.” We discussed the book, we used its findings to inform and educate at our annual retreat, and the Education and Community Engagement Working Group used it to animate several months of discussion and exercises on “What do we say Yes to?”  We continue striving to change our own attitude and conversational tone by practicing the perspectives brought forward by Jim and the informants in his book.
  2. We learned that knowing what we say yes to is a complex process, more grey than black or white. Saying NO is easy, saying YES requires nuance, study, some thought, and dealing at times with cognitive dissonance! This act of changing the conversation is not only useful to us, it provides us with a way to model thinking and acting differently to others.
  3. We learned that the topic of (personal) resilience to the disruption (psychological and physical) of climate change resonates with us and many others. Elder work in this area began in 2012 thanks to DSF staff person Shannon Moore referencing an article which we shared amongst ourselves. (Suzanne C. Moser, PhD, Getting Real About It:  Meeting the Psychological and Social Demands of a World in Distress, Sage Reference Handbook of Environmental Leadership, 2012. www.suzannemoser.com) In 2014 Don Marshall became a member of the Council and brought forward his own concern on the issue.  Don took the lead on this, encouraging us to study, read, and eventually co- organize three resilience workshops/events sponsored by the Elders.  Since then the issue of resilience has come onto the public radar screen and the Elders are pleased to be in the fray.
  4. We learned that it is worth our while to take the time to educate ourselves on issues and develop new analysis. This year we spent a fair bit of time doing that, and are even more ready to take those learnings and resulting educational models out to the public.
  5. We learned that aside from our Suzuki Elder volunteer work, we are busy people. We have partners, children, grandchildren and sometimes still our own parents – all of whom take up huge parts of our lives.  Some of us still work for pay!  Many of us volunteer for other organizations as well as providing leadership in our many communities of interest. We ‘try’ to have fun in our elder years, and that includes travel, recreation and hobbies. Two of our Suzuki Elders have recently published books!   We are also dealing with mundane matters such as new hips, knees, and just keeping ourselves healthy!  I am ever grateful for the commitment and time brought to the Suzuki Elder working groups, by all Council members, and many other members as well.  We work well together, and that is a blessing. You move forward, you make a difference.

Personally, being Chair of the Suzuki Elder council over the past four years has been a wonderful opportunity for me. This work is shared by an active Executive and supported by our Internal Advocate at the David Suzuki Foundation. Antonia Williams is our most recent advocate and she puts out great energy on our behalf. We also thank Jenn Rodriguez and Emily Keller who held this position over the past year.

We gain much from being able to call upon various DSF staff for information, access to research and ideas.  In particular, we appreciate how Steve Kux of the Science and Policy Unit so willingly shares analysis and findings whenever we call on him  Winnie Hwo makes a point of encouraging us to be involved in her diversity work, which is most useful to us.  Indeed, all DSF staff support our work and encourage our involvement in theirs; we enjoy those partnerships.  Over the past year seven DSF staff presented at our Council meetings – thank-you to Nadege Vince, Lindsay Coulter, Ian Hanington, Jay Ritchlin, Antonia Williams, Peter Robinson and Andrea Seale.  As well, this year, and for years to come, we are informed by the depthful study of DSF’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples, “The Power of Place,” by Drs. Tara Cullis and Faisal Moola.  This study is proving useful to us as we continue seeking engagement with First Nations Elders.

In closing, I thank past Chair Conrad Guelke for his ongoing mentorship and graceful leadership – which opened doors for me within the Suzuki Elders. As Council Chair, I have also had the good fortune to meet monthly with DSF CEO Peter Robinson and I am grateful for his ever insightful counsel and support. Finally, I, and we, acknowledge the great hearts of David Suzuki and Tara Cullis, and their ongoing advocacy for the Suzuki Elders.

Respectfully submitted,

Diana Ellis

Executive Members:  Vice Chair – Neale Adams, Treasurer – Jim Park, Secretary – Margo Elfert, Past Chair- Conrad Guelke.

 

AGM 2016/17 – Nominations Report for 2017/18

In accordance with our Constitution, as past chair and in consultation with the Executive Committee, I have coordinated a nominating process to identify members willing to stand for election, typically for a two-year term.  Council members are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to the Suzuki Elder goals, and involvement in our activities. Council members are expected to attend our monthly Council meeting and to take on committee oversight or assistance.

Eleven members have one year remaining to serve on the Council:   Neale Adams, Diana Ellis, Jerry Growe, Stan Hirst, Dan Kingsbury, Don Marshall, Peggy Olive, Jim Park, Karl Perrin, Erlene Woollard and Bob Worcester.

Diana Ellis has indicated her intention to step down as Chair of the Council. However, in becoming Past Chair, Diana will continue to serve as an ex-officio member of the Council and the Executive. This creates a vacancy for a Suzuki Elder to serve out the second year of her two-year term on the Council.

Five members who complete their term this year are:  Margo Elfert, Deb Jack, Cynthia Lam, Simon Wheeler and Penny Wilson.   Margo, Deb, Cynthia, Simon are willing to have their names go forward for another two-year term. After 15 years, Penny Wilson is retiring from the Council but will continue to be involved in the Association as an Elder member.  We take this opportunity to thank Penny for her dedication and commitment to the Suzuki Elders. 

Vacancies to be filled:  Errol McKinstry has agreed to serve out the one-year balance of Diana’s two-year term.  Patricia Plackett has agreed to let her name go forward for a two-year term.

Nominations from the floorOur constitution allows for up to two nominations from the floor.  I ask now whether there are any nominations from the floor.  If one or two names are proposed from the floor, we will have papers distributed and a secret ballot will be held to fill the five two-year vacancies on the Council. Suzuki Elders can vote for up to a maximum of five nominees.

Vote to accept slate: Election of this slate of candidates requires majority support at this AGM.  May I have a motion that we accept the slate of nominated (and elected) candidates as our new incoming members to Council? [Move…Second…discussion??]

 Could I ask members to please raise their right hand if they support the nominated (and elected) slate of candidates?  [Count].  Those against supporting the nominated slate?  [Count and announce vote].

 

Council of Suzuki Elders – Nomination Slate 2017-18
Members Continuing on Council Term (years)
1.  Neale Adams 1
2.   Jerry Growe 1
3.   Stan Hirst 1
4.   Dan Kingsbury 1
5.   Don Marshall 1
6.   Peggy Olive 1
7.   Jim Park 1
8.   Karl Perrin 1
9.   Erlene Woollard 1
10.   Bob Worcester 1
Term Ends, Standing for Re-election  
11.  Margo Elfert 2
12.   Deb Jack 2
13.   Cynthia Lam 2
14.   Simon Wheeler 2
Members Nominated by Council  
15.   Errol McKinstry 1
16.   Patricia Plackett 2
Ex-officio  
Diana Ellis (Past Chair)  
David Suzuki & Tara Cullis

Conrad Guelke

Past Chair, 20 April 2017

 

Association of the Suzuki Elders

Summary Notes – Fifth Annual General Meeting

Thursday, April 21, 2016

  1. Welcome and Reflection: Bob Worcester
  2. Progress Review

Reports were read, received and approved.

Treasurer:  Jim Park

Communications Working Group: Neale Adams

Education and Community Engagement Working Group: Erlene Woollard and Jim Park

Non Partisan Advocacy:  Diana Ellis

Membership:  Margo Elfert, Diana Ellis

Chair, Suzuki Elder Council:  Diana Ellis

  1. Strategic Work Plan for 2016-17

Moved by Diana Ellis that the Strategic Plan for 2016-17 be approved. Seconded by Jim Park.  All in favour.

  1. Confirmation of Council Nominations for 2016-17

Moved by Deb Jack that the slate be accepted as presented.  Seconded by Eva Wadolna.  All in favour.

  1. Guest Speaker

Presentation on Social Media Use by Nadege Vince, Digital Strategies and Brand Specialist, Communications and Public Engagement, David Suzuki Foundation.

  1. Closing words – Diana Ellis

 

Left to right:

Very back row: Stan Hirst, Phillip Hewett, Carol MacKinnon, Diana Ellis, Jim Park

Middle row:  Errol McKinstry, Paul Fast, Marion Barker, Jerry Growe, Erlene Woollard, Mary Davison, Margaret McAvity, Marianne Worcester, Bob Worcester, Neale Adams, Kathryn Cholette, David Cook, Conrad Guelke

Front, kneeling and sitting:  Ros Kellett, Colette Garety, Roger Sweeny

Suzuki Elder participants at Bowen Island Retreat, August 2015