This month, we have some key updates we are excited to share following the Special Members Meeting. If you weren't able to attend, be sure to read about the important changes to membership, Board structure and Director nominations.
If you have not yet joined the Invasive Species Council of BC as a member, we encourage you to do so. Membership is free and gives you the opportunity to get more involved in the Council itself. We greatly appreciate our members' input and support.
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As you may know, we held a Special Members Meeting on November 24th, 2016. At this meeting, new bylaws were approved with unanimous support. Key parts in the bylaws include changes to membership, Board structure and Director Nomination.
Membership will now be for a specific term that could be one year or up to five years. As a member, your term of membership will be extended through 2017 for a one year term. The Council will be determining the future length of term for members prior to the Annual General Meeting in February 2018.
Based on both the bylaws and approved policy, the board structure is now organized around three chambers (government, business/industry and community) with specific interests identified within each chamber. The current Board has been restructured to align with the new approved structure, which is noted on the attached Director Nomination Form. In addition, the Board members which are up for election and are planning on standing for re-election, have been shown as aligned with the new structure. Currently, there are 3 director positions open in each of the 3 Chambers which can relate to any of the interests in that Chamber.
Do you know a hard working student in BC leading in their invasive species work? Nominate them for the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts and to receive a financial award of $1,000 towards their studies. Any student who is a resident of BC, and who has completed at least one year of study at a post-secondary BC institution (a BC University, college or technical school) towards a degree or diploma related to invasive species research, management, education, public outreach and/or social studies is eligible for nomination. Read more about the Together in Action Student Award here. The deadline for nominations is Thursday Jan 19, 2017!
Pesticide Applicators Certification Training - Call for Interest & Registration
The ISCBC is looking to partner with First Nations or Aboriginal groups across the province to deliver a four day pesticide applicators training session. The goal of the session is to enable participants to successfully obtain their Industrial Vegetation Management & Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicator Certificate. There is a current shortage of certified pesticide
applicators in the province - now is the time to get trained for future work. Scheduled sessions are listed below:
Surrey - Jan 9 - 12, 2017 (registration closes January 2nd, 2017)
Chase - Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2017 (registration closes January 23rd, 2017)
Keremeos - February 25 - 28, 2017 (registration closes February 17th, 2017)
Smithers - Mar 7 - 10, 2017 (registration closes February 28th, 2017)
First Nations Sponsorship is available through the form of a reduced registration fee.
With the holiday season upon us it gives us a chance to reflect on the past year, spend time with those we love and look forward to the future. The past year at the ISCBC has been one of growth and inspiration. We continued to work in partnership with our many passionate and devoted partners and members as we strived towards creating healthy habitats and communities throughout British Columbia. While much has been accomplished there is still much more to do. As we bid farewell to 2016, we remain encouraged by what the future holds. Together, we can keep spreading the message about the impact of invasive species and the role each British Columbian plays in minimizing the impact and working towards a province free from the spread of invasive species.
Be part of the solution! Please join us in our efforts by making your donation today. You will be helping to find solutions, create healthy habitats protected from invasive species and educate youth to take action within their local communities.
Thank you for all you do and for the support you provide to the ISCBC! All gifts received by December 31st will receive a 2016 charitable tax receipt.
Meet invasive species leaders from across Canada at the National Invasive Species Forum in Ottawa, Feb 28 - Mar 2! The agenda includes Myriam Dumortier, EU Policy Officer for Biodiversity and the Forum agenda includes keynotes, panel discussions, speedy sessions and workshops. Early bird registration is now open. Be part of the conversation on Twitter using #NISF2017. Click here for more details.
Miss our Bullfrogs Webinar?
Watch online at your leisure...
The Bullfrogs in BC talk was our most popular webinar to date! It explores the impacts of bullfrogs on native frogs on Vancouver Island, cost-effectiveness from pilot bullfrog control and eradication projects, and potential long term management strategies. Click here to browse and choose other archived webinars to watch at your leisure. More Wednesday Webinars will be scheduled in the New Year!