Mid Island Métis AGM and Election Results
Congratulations Mid Island Métis Nation Association for your very successful AGM and Elections.
The Mid Island Métis Nation (MIMN) had our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 30th.
The meeting began with a warm welcome from Joan Brown, the Executive Director of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, on whose beautiful lands the MIMN is grateful to be able to live, laugh, and learn.
A prayer by MIMN elder Mike Bennie followed, and then we had a number of wonderful presenters.
The first order of business was the presentation of the Jack Sloan Volunteer Award – this award was named in honor of Jack Sloan, the non-Métis husband of Margaret Sloan, who was a founding member of the MIMN. Margaret was passionate about her Métis culture, and her husband supported her wholeheartedly. Each year, the Jack Sloan award is presented to someone who is not Métis, but who has nonetheless contributed to our community. This year, Jack and Margaret’s daughter Trish Crumpton presented the award to Sally Williams, a Kwakwaka’wakw elder who has been a friend to the MIMN for many years.
We had presentations from Destinee Barrow (MNBC’s Vancouver Island Regional Health Care Coordinator), Kathryn Poynter (MNBC Employment & Training Regional Program Coordinator), and Lise Gillies (Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator with ISPARC). All were very informative, and many community members sought them out afterwards for more details. Destinee was also running a mini health clinic throughout the evening – those who were interested could get their blood pressure and blood glucose levels checked.
BCMANR Captain of the Hunt for Region 1, Robert Humpherville, led us in the Community Acceptance of fifteen new members at this month’s meeting (bringing the total for the year up to eighty-five).
Finally, MIMN presented our own reports: Treasurer Patricia Malfair and accountant Michelle Graham went over the year-end financials; Indigenous Education Wiichihew Support worker Bill McKinnen gave an update on his progress so far; Youth Rep / office admin Jessica Gannon reported on the MNBC youth events she attended throughout the year, as well as on the steady growth of our membership since the last AGM; and President Joy Bremner presented the MIMN Year in Review.
Once business was concluded, the Board of Directors all stepped down from their positions. MNBC Vice President Lissa Smith facilitated the election for the new MIMN Board of Directors.
Joy Bremner was re-elected as President, Tim Low was acclaimed as Vice President, Valery Simonds was elected as Treasurer, and Patricia Malfair was elected as Secretary. We also have eight Directors at Large this term: Gail Murray, Steve Arnett, Ron Poitras, Roger Stoddart, Michael Calvert, Guy Beaulieu, Gerard Cody, and Darrell Fraser. Anne Duex has accepted the position of Women’s Rep, and Jessica Gannon will continue as the Youth Rep.
Overall, it was a lively and successful AGM. Thank you to everyone who attended or presented!
Featured Photo: MIMNA new Board of Directors. (Left to Right) Tim Low, Michael Calvert, Anne Duex, Joy Bremner, Gerard Cody, Roger Stoddart, Valery Simonds, Guy Beaulieu, Jessica Gannon, Ron Poitras, Darrell Fraser, Steve Arnett, & Gail Murray. (Not Pictured: Patricia Malfair.)
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