Minutes from the 2015 AGM

Gabriola Fire Protection District
Annual General Meeting
April 22, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Gabriola Fire Protection District was held on April 22, 2015 at the No. 1 Fire Hall with six Trustees, absent was Albert Reed. The Fire Chief, Corporate Officer, and Auditor were also present along with 16 members of the public. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman, Mark Noyon.

Minutes of the April 16, 2014, AGM were presented. The Chair asked for any errors or omissions, Moved by Paul Champion that the minutes be accepted as presented, seconded by Oscar Reeves, carried.

Financial Statement

The Financial Statement was presented by Doug Parkhurst from KMA Chartered Accountants Ltd, who explained the report was different this year as the GFPID had made the transition to the Public Sector Accounting Practice Standard. He gave a brief explanation as to why the transition and what these changes were.

Doug Parkhurst gave a page to page description of the differences from last year’s Financial Statement, then asked for questions.

Herb Rudischer moved that the Financial Statement be accepted as presented, seconded by Kyle Clifford, carried.

Fire Chief’s report

(As per written report)

Training Officer’s Report

(As per written report)

Captain Jethro Baker and Captain Will Sprogis presented the Training Officer’s report.

Captain’s Report – Number 1 Hall

(Presented by Jethro Baker)

Captain Baker gave an explanation of training practices, scheduling, and record keeping. He noted that the No. 1 Hall had 18 active members with 3 probationary firefighters, and that everyone was doing very well.

Captain’s Report – Number 2 Hall

(Presented by Captain Dimitri Tzotzos)

Captain Tzotzos explained that he had just been promoted to this position when Rick Fleming stepped down after 8 years of service. He thanked Rick for his time and energy and noted that everyone was very happy he would be remaining on as a Firefighter and First Responder.

He also thanked Walter Berry and Kyle Clifford for their efforts in being the driving forces behind keeping the Hall clean and recent upgrades.

He noted that the No. 2 Hall had 10 members, 4 of which were probationary members, but that 3 new people were going to be joining and this was the most members at the South Hall that he could remember.

Trustees’ Honorarium

Chairman Mark Noyon noted that the Trustees have one big dinner a year, and that their usual honourarium is $0.00.

Moved by Sam McGee that the Trustees honourarium remain the same, seconded by Inge McGee, carried.

Election of Trustees

The Chairman thanked outgoing Trustee Jeremy Baker for his efforts and time, and noted that three Trustee positions were available, two for 3 year terms and one for 1 term. As the Chairman was one of the positions that was up for election, Trustee John Hudson stood in as Chair.

John Hudson asked for nominations from the floor.

Inge McGee nominated Sam McGee, seconded by Fred Withey.
Isabelle Caron nominated Wilf Caron, seconded by Syreeta Caron.
Paula Mallinson nominated Sandra Rudischer, seconded by Veronica Hartman.
John Hudson nominated Mark Noyon, seconded by Oscar Reeves.

The Chair asked 3 more times for nominations from the floor, non forthcoming, ballots were handed out and collected by Scrutineers Veronica Hartman and Kyle Clifford, they retired into the back room and counted the ballots.

Mark Noyon and Sandra Rudischer were elected, while there was a tie between Sam McGee and Wilf Caron. Once again ballots were distributed and counted. Wilf Caron was appointed as the new Trustee.

Herb Rudischer moved that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Will Sprogis, carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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