The Community Association of Oak Bay held it’s Annual General Meeting this afternoon at the Scout Hall. Over coffee generously donated by Black Bear Coffee roasted at Willows Park Grocery, Juice generously donated by Fairways Market and cookies, an enthusiastic crowd of twenty members voted to amend the Constitution and Bylaws, elect new Directors, reviewed the accomplishments of the last year, and discussed what we hope to do next.

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We have two new Directors, Corey Burger and Gail Price-Douglas. We are thrilled to have both of these committed, active community members join the Association Executive. President Tom Croft, Treasurer Claire Eraut, and Director Kathleen Matthews were re-elected to their positions. Thanks to each of them for continuing their commitment to the CAOB. All Executive Directors elected at this AGM will stand for a two-year term.

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We had a report from Maeve Lydon, Director of Community Vibrancy, on the Green Mapping Project. She hopes our Oak Bay Green Map will be printed by the summer.

Sonja Ruthe, Director of Social Safety reported on her work with Emergency Preparedness Oak Bay, building resiliency and lowering vulnerability of our Seniors, and the successful education work they have done this year.

Michelle Kirby, Director of Special Events gave a quick review of the successful events held this year. She will be focusing on encouraging residents to organize block parties this summer, to get to know their neighbours, and build community street by street.

Fundraising Director, Lynne Milnes has a particularly challenging job in these difficult economic times, but has still found some money for the Green Mapping Project.

We learned some fantastic news from Pam Copley, Acting Mayor of Oak Bay, that we are going to receive some funding assistance! We had submitted a grant application to Oak Bay Council in December. Today we learned that we will be receiving $1,500 as seed money to help us build as an organization. This will allow us to reach continue to reach out to the community, while helping to cover the costs of hall rentals, printing costs, or fees for the registration of the website.

Oak Bay Councillors Nils Jensen and Tara Ney were also in attendance, and shared some good news about increased funding for improved cycling infrastructure, as well as the Oak Bay High School Redevelopment Project/Neighbourhood Learning Centre Proposal.

We had a presentation about our communications strategy for the ongoing community consultation on the redevelopment of Oak Bay High School, and the Neighbourhood Learning Centre process, by CAOB member Margaret Case. She has made this process much more manageable, by breaking down the process into smaller tasks, so no one volunteer feels overwhelmed by the weight of the project.

All in all, a fantastic turnout, and a great afternoon! Thanks to Jill and Tom Croft, and Donna and Claire Eraut, and Kathryn MacLean for all their hard work organizing the Annual General Meeting.

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Thanks again to our generous sponsors, Willows Park Grocery, and Fairways Market!