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At their monthly meetings, AWARE has also hosted eight speakers, including representatives from VANOC, former Green party leader Adriane Carr, Western Canada Wilderness Committee founder Paul George, Ione Smith from Smart Growth B.C., and various others.
Next year should be even busier for AWARE. As well as continued involvement in the Sea to Sky Land and Resource Management Plan process, the Olympic planning process, and the campaign to protect the Upper Soo Valley, AWARE will revitalize its campaign to allow residents to bring compost to a waste transfer station, start a campaign to eliminate plastic bags in the municipality, look for funding to increase study of grizzly bears, and participate in the third round of a sustainability speaker series. The series will kick off in June with former Premier Mike Harcourt.
Financially, AWARE is on strong footing. Although the organization spent close to $2,600 more than it brought in last year, it still has equity of $57,609 — much of which is pledged to ongoing projects and campaigns in the valley.
More than 60 people came to the AGM on April 25, missing a Vancouver Canucks playoff game to get an update on the organization and hear the speakers for the evening, sustainability consultants Brian and Mary Nattrass. Following the presentation, AWARE members voted for the 2007-08 board of directors.
Returning members are Brad Kasselman, Carson, Bryce Leigh, Keenan Moses, Kiran Pal-Pross, Sara Jennings, Marie Fortin, and Sholto Shaw. New to the board are Joel Allen, Pina Belperio, Marc Zurbuchen and Kathleen Van Der Ree.