Nakusp Youth Society looks forward after successful year
By Cassia Parent, coordinator, Nakusp Youth Society
The Nakusp and Area Youth Society’s annual general meeting this past Sunday was quick, productive, and full of laughter. Barely thirty minutes long, the 16 attending members heard reports from the coordinator, board chair, and treasurer, and elected a board of seven members.
Youth coordinator Cassia Parent explained that what had begun slowly in May of 2013 has accelerated to the point where the youth centre’s adult volunteers recorded 68 hours in January alone.
She said the past nine months have been both rewarding and challenging. Summer was spent learning about the other communities that have received the Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) Community Directed Youth Funds (the funding that PK Nakusp helped to obtain about one year ago).
The youth centre opened in October 2013, and since then, Cassia has been working directly with youth during open hours. As more volunteers help at the centre, Cassia's focus will be on building bridges with community partners, and helping youth develop the youth centre and its programs.
For the board chair’s report, Sabina Iseli-Otto quickly reviewed the history of the organization, read some inspiring quotes that she found on the internet, and thanked everyone profusely.
Sabina predicted that the decisions to come in the first part of the next year will be a long-term plan for a youth centre in Nakusp, and, consequently, what to do with the Green Door property. (“Green Door Lanes” burned down in March 2007; the youth society inherited this property from SAYOPS, the previous youth-focused organization in Nakusp).
Treasurer Jackie Phillipson reported that the organization is in good financial shape as it awaits its second of four annual cheques from the CBT. Based on the support of many community partners (including a recent grant of $2,000 from the RDCK), it's clear that community members are pleased with the youth centre.
The society also held an election for board positions. Stepping down from the board were Dorothy Bekker, Kate England, and David Pedersen. Acclaimed to the board were new members Mateus Dachwitz and Pamela O'Neil, and returning members Pat Dion, Michael Garvey, Sabina Iseli-Otto, Jackie Phillipson, and Craig Savage. There is room on the board for two more members -- anyone interested may contact the youth centre (via the society's website at www.nays.ca or by calling 250-265-2000).
Following the elections, the meeting was adjourned and everyone enjoyed delicious cupcakes, barbecued hot dogs, and great conversation.