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"After being on the board for two years, I know that this is one of the most important things I can be involved in and it's something I'm very passionate about," he said.
When asked why he chose the presidency over other director positions, he joked: "I'm not qualified for anything else." He added, "I love coordinating people and you always get to work with some really great, dedicated people on this board. I'm excited to get started."
WORCA financials strong
WORCA's bottom line is a little lower after last year's investment in trails, but over the course of 2009 WORCA took in roughly $171,000 and spent an equal amount. WORCA also finished the season with over $15,000 in the bank, most of which is earmarked for specific trail projects. As well, WORCA expects to receive the second half of the $25,000 granted by the National Trails Coalition. Most of that funding has gone into Runaway Train and Train Wreck upgrades and a new section of trail that bypasses the rail line and highway construction.
Revenue from memberships was also up as a result of a decision to switch insurance from Cycling B.C. to Sport Insurance, with almost $10 additional per member going to trails and other programs.
James Brooks had several thanks to give, including the National Trails Coalition, the Whistler Blackcomb Environmental Fund, the Resort Municipality of Whistler for their Community Enrichment Grant, and especially the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for their $150,000 in assistance towards the Austria Passive House which will provide office and common space to both WORCA and the Whistler Nordics after the Games.
Brooks remained on the board for a sixth year.
So many members...
The final tally of members for the 2009 seasons stands at 1,514, up from 1,176 the previous season. Males accounted for 1,037 members but 479 female members was also a record. As well, 325 members were youth, aged 18 or under.
Membership director Mark Knight stepped down from the board after two years, and was replaced by Steven Boorne.
Planning for the future
The planning work continued for WORCA, which is a stakeholder in several groups and is regularly consulted over developments that impact on trails.
There was a lot of progress on different fronts, but particularly newsworthy is the closure of the new section of Shit Happens as development of the Alpine North lands got underway. While some sections of trail built mainly by volunteers were impacted, WORCA also secured a permanent route through the properties working with a developer that could be finalized as soon as the site preparation is complete.