Reflections on 2020!

Dear Poisson-Blanc community,

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM PIERRE, YOUR PRESIDENT IN 2019

The holidays are behind us now and we’ve had our regular end-of-year reviews, it’s time to look at 2020.

2020 is a big one in many ways. It’s loaded with as many challenges as community events, new adventures, promises and hope.

We’re ready to go. Everything is set… Only thing missing is you! We’re over one hundred members! We now have the potential needed to promote our values to protect our environment. I’ve been volunteering with the association since 2014, and president since 2016.

As part of my mandate, I took on updating our bylaws and structure to be comparable to what we saw elsewhere in the region and, due to the lack of volunteers, I looked after several of our committees and administrative tasks myself.

I’m sharing with you my thoughts about our Association as it enters its sixth year.

Without help from our board members, it would have been very difficult for our Association to have survived. THANK YOU to Linda, Jeff, Benoît and David who agreed to represent you, thank you Gilbert, who, with his big smile, has always agreed to take care of our accounting, Marcel who was my support and motivator when I lacked energy , Monique and Diane for their help in transcribing our meetings. And finally, to Carla, for her great generosity to listen and advise me, in the preparation of our annual newsletter, for her help in hosting our “Corn Roast” and for storing our material and as administrator of our Facebook page.

I think what’s important for 2020 is:

This spring, we’re creating two committees as are part of our mandate: the Invasive Species Monitoring Committee (see details below) and another committee that was suggested by the municipality: the Centennial Forest Walking Committee (see details below). We must revitalize our Island Monitoring committee for Poisson Blanc, if we want to preserve the beauty and rustic nature of the islands. We also need to think about our emergency measures in the event of a natural disaster.

As for me, I must consider my health. I’m realizing today that I can’t continue this way. I think having a new president can be done this year! We’re not an ASSOCIATION if we leave all the responsibilities to the same people year after year. We need new ideas, new approaches and above all, to renew creative energy.

Thinking about of our FUTURE Invasive Species’ Committee…. We have to be proactive before the situation gets out of hand. We’ll get yellow buoys, but will we have the volunteers to look after them? I’m afraid that at our next AGM, only one or two will volunteer and nobody will offer to coordinate. I have the same feeling for our Walking Trail Committee. Hopefully I’m wrong! An association will move forward thanks to the active participation of its members. If we don’t have volunteers or managers for our committees… They won’t be operational in 2020… so we need people!

At the next AGM, I won’t be accepting the role of president. After four years in management, I’m less efficient, have less energy to devote myself entirely to this role as before. I would also like to take advantage of the few years ahead of me for my hobbies and other passions that I have put aside.

If I’m appointed again at the AGM as a director, I’ll gladly accept, but only as an advisor. A new president will bring new ideas, new members, more participation. More energy!

In my new role as Director-Advisor (if accepted) I vouch to assist the President in his or her duties and will retain certain responsibilities that the directors will give me.

According to our bylaws, the President is chosen from among the directors who will be voted for at the May 24 AGM (see details below).

In my opinion, whoever will be PRESIDENT must: 1) Have a global vision of our watershed from Notre-Dame-de-Laus to Lac Brochet; 2) Understanding both French and English would be an asset, 3) Be open to meetings and exchanges with municipalities and other associations 4) Have a unifying and motivating spirit.

I’m ending my thoughts by saying a THANK YOU for having put your trust in me. I feel positive and excited about our Association’s future. It’ll continue to progress, with your participation representing us with municipal and government authorities.

Thank you!

Pierre Charlebois

Outgoing President 2019

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND FOR ELECTION:

The members’ meeting does not directly select its president or the other positions of its Board of Directors. It is the elected directors, after the AGM, who divide the administrative tasks among themselves, including the presidency, sector representatives and other tasks. In short, if you’re interested in the position of president, you must be elected as a director.

If you’re interested in representing your sector, the presidency, sharing your administrative knowledge, helping the cause of the Association, you must present yourself on Sunday, May 24 at our AGM. You must be appointed and assisted by a member who is not in your immediate family.

For those interested, below are all the details for our current or future committees…

LISTS OF COMMITTEES IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS AND OPERATION:

ISLANDS MONITORING COMMITTEE:

As a volunteer, you’re responsible for monitoring an island where there is camping based on the list of sites available on Poisson Blanc. Our sites are marked with a sign. Your task is mainly to check the general condition of the site and, if needed, clean it (we provide the bags) if it has been vandalized, check the ashes and bury feces. According to our volunteers, this rarely happens, but if there is a problem, you should contact the coordinator of this committee (Ray Thibodeau) to inform us.

Interested? Contact us immediatly at: lacpoissonblanc@xplornet.com

FUTURE COMMITTEE ON INVASIVE SPECIES:

The coordinator and volunteers will be chosen among the interested members who will attend our AGM.

A volunteer’s task will be to set up one or more yellow buoys in late spring and to remove the same buoys in the fall. The procedures are similar to the Buoy Committee, which is under Margaret’s responsibility. In addition, he or she will inform the coordinator in case of any problems. It may also be that this committee is responsible for the development of a boat washing station if that happens.

Interested members can join us immediately via email or attend our AGM. The team of interested parties will meet immediately after the AGM.

Interested? Contact us immediatly at: lacpoissonblanc@xplornet.com

FUTURE COMMITTEE OF THE CENTENNIAL FOREST TRAIL:

The coordinator and volunteers will be chosen from among the interested members who will attend our AGM.

The task of a volunteer will be to implement a plan to develop and protect the century-old forest of the Montée Jean-Marc and its realization. This project will probably be highlighted by the municipality of LSM and the MRC during the reconstruction of the Montée Jean-Marc this year. If we want to be listened to, we must organize ourselves.

Interested members can join us immediately via email or attend our AGM. The team of interested parties will meet immediately after the AGM.

Interested? Contact us immediately at: lacpoissonblanc@xplornet.com

COMMUNITY CORN ROAST COMMITTEE:

It is important to reorganize this committee so as NOT to DEPEND only of the presidency and Carla. There has been progress but also gaps in the organization of this fundraising event in 2019. We had volunteers, but NO coordinator or committee officially named. The result was a lack of communication.

Volunteers in 2019 will be contacted soon to find out what their interests are for 2020.

What I am suggesting is the appointment of a coordinator to ensure that all tasks are completed by volunteers.

19 tasks to fill to have a stress-free community Corn Roast party!

Interested? Contact us immediatly at: lacpoissonblanc@xplornet.com