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Join us for our AGM

Saturday, September 25, 2021
1:00 pm at North Vernon Park [map]






  1. Call to Order

  2. Opening Remarks and Introductions

  3. Establish quorum

  4. Approval of minutes of previous AGM

  5. Receive the financial statements of 2020-2021 fiscal year

  6. Receive Annual Report

  7. Election of new Directors

  8. Adjourn

As our AGM will be held outdoors without remote attendance option, we are asking all members of Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society to please review financial statements and Board of Directors nominees and to place their votes in advance through this online ballot casting website (bylaws section 3.13). A voting link has been sent via email. If you did not receive this email, please contact us at info[at]osstewardship[dot]ca and we will provide you with a link after confirming membership. Staff will ensure that only voting members votes are counted, but all votes will remain anonymous (entering info is still required so we can ensure that only voting members votes are counted.

Attendees will be invited to plant native trees and shrubs at North Vernon Park following the business portion of the meeting.

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"RETIRING": Jennifer Miles. Thank you so much, Jennifer, for serving as our Chair and past Chair during your time on our Board.


RETURNING DIRECTORS: Dianne Bersea, Eva Durance, Susan Latimer, Natasha Lukey, Amanda Miller (see for bios)


Jillian Bisaro: Jill grew up in the West Kootenays and always had an interest in biology and conservation. She pursued a technical diploma in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife at Selkirk College, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Northern BC. In the summer of 2016, Jill worked as a Stewardship Assistant with OSS betweem semesters at university, and then again after graduating from her degree in 2019. During these summers, she fell in love with the biodiversity of the Okanagan Valley as well as the stewardship efforts that are being undertaken by OSS. After completing a research position with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Jill has now settled in Vernon and is a Junior Biologist with Western Water Associates, a small aquatic resource based environmental consulting company. 

Melanie Piorecky: Melanie has been an environmental consultant since 2000, and prior to that worked for the Ministry of Forests and as a horticulturist. Her experience began in rangeland management in the Bulkley-Cassiar during the summers while finishing her agricultural degree. Since that time she has specialized in vegetation ecology, botany for rare plant surveys, soil science, agricultural land use, reclamation and restoration planning, beneficial use of organics and climate change advisory as it relates to project work. Her consulting work is driven by regulatory requirements, and Melanie capitalizes on opportunities to collaborate between groups for the benefit of all. This includes working with local Indgenous groups, private landowners, municipalities and industry for sustainable resource use. She is passionate about working towards multiple end land uses, and understanding what those uses are to learn the best way to support them.  

A total of 7 nominations and 7 director maximum as stated in our Bylaws. This slate of directors will be elected by acclamation.

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Financial Statements

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