AGM Recap!

Check out our ANNUAL REPORT!

After such a long, socially distanced 10 months, it was an absolute pleasure to host HAT’s Annual General Meeting! Sure, the event was virtual and took place (like everything else these days) over Zoom, and we weren’t able to spend time together physically, but these are all the things we’re slowly growing accustomed to.

On Wednesday, 27 January, the HAT board & staff were lucky enough to spend some quality time in a “Zoom” room with nearly 30 HAT members. It was a wonderful chance for us all to reconnect around HAT, and to see some faces that we haven’t seen in many months. Coming together as a community is a special thing, and we can’t thank you members who participated enough, especially this year.

Participating in HAT governance is a very important membership responsibility, and we are grateful to all of our members for their guidance, advice, and perspective. We hold our annual general meeting every year at the end of January where the board reports out on the general direction and financial state of the organisation. It is also a chance for the HAT staff to report to members on everything that had been accomplished in the previous fiscal year (and HAT fiscal years run 1 Nov-31 Oct). New board members are voted on at AGMs, answer also say our thanks and our farewells to board members completing their terms. 

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HAT Annual General Meeting 2021

Happy December HAT Community!

HAT has booked the day for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), and we are excited to extend an invitation to all of our members who are able to attend. As a membership-based not-for-profit, the AGM is a very important part of HAT's governance structure. It is a chance for the staff and board to present to our membership what HAT has been doing over the past year, and to seek approval for our plans moving into the coming year. As always, only members can vote at the AGM, so please, if you are interested in attending email Chris Perrin, HAT's Community & Development Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to confirm your membership status. Making a donation does not automatically make you a member, so please confirm before registering.

This year, because of COVID-19, we are holding the AGM virtually on Zoom.

Because of these technological limitations, registration is limited to 80 members. To register, please email Chris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Registration will remain opened until all 80 spots have been filled.

We are also very excited to let you know that local botanist Matt Fairbarns, well-known for his work with community at Trial Island, will be joining us as a guest speaker.

Hope to see you there!

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Volunteer Spotlight - Rachelle Shearing

At HAT we are so often blessed with incredible people who are willing to dedicate their valuable time to help us complete projects that we otherwise don’t have the capacity to do. Without volunteers much of the work that HAT does would not be possible and for that we are so grateful. Thank you to Rachelle Shearing who has been helping us by using her magical GIS skills to build beautiful maps. Rachelle is going to be starting up her own GIS company Sentry Consulting, and though we are so sad to see her go we wish her the best of luck! Below you can read about Rachelle and her experience volunteering for HAT.

Over the last four months, I have had the fantastic opportunity to volunteer for the Habitat Acquisition Trust. I approached HAT offering my GIS (Geographic Information Systems) skills and Barb Von Sacken had a project already in mind. Together, we created a spatial database to visualize properties that had been inquired about, but never made it into a covenant. This will be helpful to HAT in the future when they want to assess new properties.

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Galiano Restoration Day

A few Wednesdays ago HAT staff, Wendy and Sara, and a small team of six volunteers, went over to Galiano Island for a day of restoration in Garry oak meadows on one of HAT’s covenant lands. The storms held off just in time, and the restoration crew was able to remove over 3 cubic metres of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) before the rains came and new COVID-19 gathering restrictions were put in place.

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Covenant Monitoring 2020

A large part of what HAT does is behind the scenes as we take an active role in making sure that the lands we have committed to protecting continue to flourish. This means monitoring our 16 covenants every year! Monitoring activities are headed by our Land Protection Coordinator Barb von Sacken with the incredible support of  landowners and volunteers. While the monitoring takes place we sometimes have the time to take pictures of the beautiful locations we are honoured to walk on. We hope you enjoy some of our favourite photos!

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