The Annual General Meeting will reconvene on September 26 at the St. John Ambulance Training Centre – 1 St. John’s Ambulance Way on the South side of Portage off the Empress Overpass across from Polo Park Centre. Doors open at 6:30pm with the meeting beginning at 7pm.
The purpose of the meeting will be the election of an executive. The constitution can be found at lakemanitobaassociation.wordpress.com/constitution/
SECTION A. The Executive Board shall be comprised of the past president, and the following elected officers: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and two directors.
Members of participant associations are encouraged to forward names of nominees to Don Clarkson firstname.lastname@example.org . All members of associations may attend as observers with a maximum of three delegates to the Annual Meeting to move motions, participate in debate and vote.
At present both the president and vice-president positions will be vacant with the departure of Scott Greenlay and Jack King. Soctt has been an active founding member of the executive and will be missed. With Jack moving to past-president, Don Clarkson may retire from the executive. Jeannie Gurr, secretary, Alice Dent, treasurer and Harry Frederick, director have indicated a willingness to continue subject to the election.
Ours is an important voice in the discussion of the proposed Lake Manitoba-Lake St. Martin Channel. In the past while advocating for the completion of a northern egress from the lake, we lobbied the government for short-term mitigation: allowing full flows from the Fairford Water Control System over the winter months, drawing down the Shellmouth Reservoir to create storage capacity for spring run-off and limiting the use of the Portage Diversion. The present government has accepted these recommendations with positive results.
The regular reports on lake levels posted by Dr. Scott Forbes have kept members informed. The participation of executive members at virtually all government-sponsored open houses ensures that member concerns and opinions are voiced. Adopting a ‘shoulder-to shoulder’ approach over a ‘nose-to-nose’ confrontation has built positive working relations with government.
With the on-going environmental assessment and an extended time-frame for completion, it is important that the Association remains viable. Current lake levels are within the operating range giving us peace of mind from thoughts of flooding. However, Lake Winnipegosis levels are historically high and strain the capacity of Fairford to handle that inflow. Recent history and changing severe weather patterns caution against complacency.
The Association of Lake Manitoba Stakeholders needs to continue its work. We need member associations to participate to ensure that our goal of having a managed water level for Lake Manitoba becomes a reality.