On Saturday, December 1 at 1:30pm, the Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Civi Centre. Normally we would invite a guest speaker(s) to share information with us. But this is not a normal year.
The QBRA is facing some very difficult challenges that involve you as members or former members. After the well attended All Candidates meeting the QBRA board met to take stock of the Association. I am sorry to report that paid membership is now below 100 with a corresponding decline in fees. For comparison, the cost to the QBRA to host and video record the All Candidates meeting was about $1,000, or the equivalent of 100 paid members.
The majority of QBRA board members have served for many years as volunteers to the Association and our Community. They are tired and they have other interests. Due to the decline in members and the decline in willing volunteers to assume leadership roles, the QBRA board is faced with the following decisions:
1. Should the QBRA close down completely?
2. Should the QBRA retain the non-profit societal status with Province and suspend any representations or monitoring of Town matters?
3. Is there sufficient interest among past and current members to
volunteer their time and experience to continue the QBRA?
This is what we must decide on December 1. Our Town has a new Mayor who, along with three Councillors, have no history or experience in municipal government. At the same time, there is the continued pressure to deal with the lack of health care, housing, development of the East Village concept, preservation and improvement of our waterfront and more.
Please join us on December 1 to determine the future of your Qualicum Beach Residents’ Association. Thank you.
Sincerely, Lance Nater