Housing Society AGM leaves questions

I attended the annual general meeting of the Eagle Valley Senior Citizen Housing Society.

I attended the annual general meeting of the Eagle Valley Senior Citizen Housing Society.

The agenda of the meeting was to fill three director vacancies, plus the position of president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer.

Reports were read by the committee, including that of the, president, who was absent from the AGM due to personal reasons. After the reports were read, which excluded the financial statement, the elections were held by Gordon Mackie as the chairperson. The transition was not a smooth one, due to bylaw changes, and the conflict of dates since the 2010 AGM. The question introduced to the floor was if Regina Forry was still a director in good standing given the different dates of the AGM. It was agreed Ms. Forry is still a director.

Elections were held with Regina Forry retaining her position as president, Eileen Whitehead as vice-president, James Swallow as secretary-treasurer and Charlotte Hutchison and Kaija Isherwood as directors. Lynn Miller, Lesley Smith and Kathy Gavel were not up for election, therefore, they remain as directors.

Since the Nov. 14 board meeting, a long-term director has resigned from the board, and the housing administrator has submitted her resignation to the Eagle Valley Senior Citizen Housing Society effective Dec. 31. So, what has driven these major changes in the society?

In the Eagle Valley Manor newsletter dated Dec. 2011, issue 12, the board report states that Regina Forry is president, Lesley Smith, vice-president, Kaija Isherwood, treasurer and James Swallow, maintenance. These are not the elected results from the AGM so why is there such a change in the board’s administration? The bylaws state that the board requires a director to be the secretary. So, who is the director recording the minutes of the meetings? What will this mean for the seniors at the three facilities in respect to their rent and repairs in their suites?

I believe that the Eagle Valley Senior Citizen Housing Society owes the seniors and the citizens of Sicamous an answer to my concerns in this letter.

Gary FT Ferns



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