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Kootenay Boundary Branch Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM)

November 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:30pm(PDT/PST)
Location: 
BCIA-Online
Kootenay Boundary (District 1)
PD hours: 
2

The Kootenay Boundary (KB) Branch AGM is being held virtually on Wednesday, November 10 starting at 11:00 pm PST.  The same format will be followed as last year using the Adobe Connect platform.

LINK to AGM https://bcia.adobeconnect.com/kbagm_2021/ Log in with your first and last name at least 5 minutes BEFORE the AGM starts. The AGM is on the AdobeConnect platform.  For best results, download the AdobeConnect app and test your system before the webinar starts. https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html  If you are are having trouble logging in please email seija.laukkanen@bcia.com

To allow this year's virtual format to proceed as smoothly as possible, we need your help and ask you to pay attention to the following nomination and application deadlines.  Early nominations/registrations are encouraged to make things as easy as possible for the AGM planning team.  

Articling Oral Presentations and PAg/TAg Recognitions/Oaths 

1.  Call for Nominations for Upcoming KB Branch 2021 Elections

During the AGM, we will be turning over a new leaf and inviting a new executive to lead the Branch. The following Kootenay Boundary Branch Executive positions are open for nominations for the 2021-2022 term:

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Professional Development (PD) Coordinator
  • Articling Coordinator

For descriptions of each position please see Branch Executive Responsibilities document

Being part of the branch executive is a great experience! You can learn about the Institute's business, help develop professional development activities that you are passionate about, add to your resume, and grow your professional network. Additionally, being part of the branch executive can be used for professional development hours. We encourage everyone that is interested to put their names forward. If you would like to nominate yourself (or someone else with their permission), please forward your nomination to Natasha Neumann at Natasha.Neumann@gov.bc.ca before November 8, 2021.  Nominations should include the position of interest, a photo and a short bio/statement. Please note: Nominations will only be accepted from the 'floor' for positions that did not receive nominations before the AGM.

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2.  The KB Branch is canvassing in advance for any motions from membership

All branch members must be in good standing to make a motion.  Please contact Natasha Neumann at natasha.neumann@gov.bc.ca if you would like to make a motion prior to the AGM. Motions will not be accepted from the 'floor.' 

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3.  Call for Nominations for Green Shoot Award and Willow Tree Award

To add some excitement to the virtual format and to promote passion within our Branch agrology community, we are seeking nominations for two awards:  

The Green Shoot Award

In the world of agrology, a green shoot represents birth and rebirth, growth, vitality, resiliency and new beginnings. It is often associated with fresh grass sprouting after winter or after a fire or a tree that reproduces vegetatively. The Green Shoot award is intended for a Kootenay Boundary registrant who is new to the BCIA Kootenay Boundary Branch (<2 years), has shown growth in their career, passion for their work and offers a fresh perspective in the field of agrology. The winner of this award may be a PAg/AAg, or TAg/ATAg who has been a member of BCIA (Kootenay Boundary Branch) for two years or less.

The Willow Tree Award

The willow tree is one of the most versatile and useful trees on earth; its bark is medicinal, the branches offer protection from the elements, the wood can be used to build useful, sustainable items and it is a magnificent hyperaccumulator of metals from contaminated soil. In short, it is a versatile, effective and healing plant. The Willow Tree award is intended for a Kootenay Boundary registrant who has made an impact or who has shown a passion for the protection, preservation and healing of the earth and its inhabitants. Food security, climate change, pollution, endangered species and the interface between human rights health and the environment are all examples where agrologists can make an impact. Nominate someone who you believe is deserving of the Willow Tree award. The winner of this award may be a PAg/AAg or TAg/ATAg and a member of BCIA (Kootenay Boundary Branch).

If you know of a peer, co-worker or mentee/mentor that meets these two award requirements, we encourage you to nominate them for these awards and be recognized for their contribution to the profession.  To nominate someone, please forward their name, a photo and a short description (1-2 paragraphs) of why you think they deserve recognition to Sheila Street at Sheila.Street@gov.bc.ca. The deadline for Nominations for Awards is November 1, 2021. Please note: nominations for awards will not be accepted from the "floor" during the AGM. 

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4.  Articling registrants needing to do their Oral Presentation and Newly Elevated Registrants  

All articling registrants that need to complete their oral presentation at this year's AGM, please forward your name, photo and a short bio to Ben Foulger at bfoulger@slrconsulting.com by November 5, 2021.   Please note: All those wishing to complete their oral presentation must pre-register with Ben (and sign up when registering online).  Last-minute presentations from the Floor will not be accepted.  Depending on the numbers and logistics associated with the virtual oral presentation, alternative options may be made available.

All newly elevated registrants (new PAgs and TAgs) will be recognized for their achievements.  Those required to recite their Professional Oath, please provide your name, a photo (preferably with you holding your plaque), as well as a short bio to Ben Foulger at bfoulger@slrconsulting.com by November 5, 2021. Please note: Those that require to recite their oath must pre-register with Ben (and sign up when registering online).  Last-minute presentations from the 'floor' will not be accepted.  Depending on the numbers and logistics associated with the virtual oaths, alternative options may be made available.  **If you have already recited your Professional Oath at a previous meeting this is not required again at this Branch AGM.

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**REGISTRATION below (log-in to view) - ensure to complete the two-step process to complete your registration. The link to the Virtual AGM platform will be emailed to all registrants ~ a week in advance.