Watershed Alliance Stages a Successful AGM and Forum - June 21, 2013

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June 21, 2013

Red Deer - The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) Society held a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Forum on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta.  Gerard Aldridge, Executive Director of the Alliance said, “The AGM was well attended by an enthusiastic group of members and non-members alike.”

The Honourable Maryanne Jablonski brought greetings on behalf of the Province of Alberta and addressed funding concerns afterward. At the business meeting conducted in the morning, the Society’s complete set of bylaws were reviewed and replaced.  The Society’s Treasurer, Malcolm Ross, gave the 2013 Annual Report on successful activities and the related financial review of the year ending March 31, 2013. He also outlined the organization’s plans and budget for 2013/14.

The election of officers which followed saw the acclamation of returning Board members, Tom Daniels, Dianne Wyntjes, Malcolm Ross, Phil Boehme and Jamie Wuite. Board members Tracy Scott and Kevin Wingert were returned elected by vote. The Members welcomed two new additions to the Board with the election by acclamation of Bruce Beattie, Reeve of Mountain View County and the election by vote of Red Deer resident, Raj Navaratnam as a Member at Large.

Those elected June 20th, join their colleagues Bob Bryant, Andrea Hiba Brack, Jim Lougheed, Doug Sawyer and Dale Christian on the RDRWA Board. At the AGM, longtime and outgoing Director, Dug Major, who had not sought re-election, was recognized for his dedication with a Watershed Ambassador award during an emotional and memorable moment following lunch.

Afternoon Forum speaker Brenda Rebman of Futures Resource Partners Inc. talked about Change Leadership. Andy Ridge of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development spoke of initial findings of the provincial water conversations conducted earlier this year. An enthused crowd hung on into overtime with questions and answers that followed. The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance was the first Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) to hear of this, with others to get the opportunity at a meeting of WPACs from across the province, occurring next week.

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is a multi-sector, non-profit organization that promotes the good use and proper management of water in the Red Deer River watershed. RDRWA is one of 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils mandated by the Province of Alberta through its Water for Life Strategy.

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Society is a registered charity. Although RDRWA does not charge for membership in the organization, donations are gratefully accepted and official tax receipts will be issued on donations of $20 or more.

The Society’s 2013 Annual Report as well as presentations made at the AGM will soon be available on the watershed organization’s website (www.rdrwa.ca). More information on becoming a member of RDRWA and Those interested can also get more information by emailing info@rdrwa.ca, or calling 403-340-7379. The Alliance is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Contact:

Gerard Aldridge – Executive Director
Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Society

Tel: 403-340-7379

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