Association 2020 Annual General Meeting to Take Place Virtually October 31 – Foundation 2020 Annual General Meeting Delayed

Given the extraordinary circumstances of the past several months, a situation which is likely to continue for some time to come, the Board of Directors for the Bassin versant du Lac Heney Watershed /Association for the Protection of Lac Heney, has taken the decision to conduct this year’s annual meeting virtually. 

This year’s PowerPoint presentation, which would normally be presented in person, is available on the Bassin versant du Lac Heney Watershed website for your consultation. The presentation provides updates on lake water quality results for each of the five ‘Heney Watershed’ lakes, the association’s finances, communications initiatives, and our new Bay Captain program. We would really like to see new Board members, or if you are concerned about the time commitment please consider volunteering for our committees.

The Foundation normally holds its AGM in conjunction with the Association.  This year, however, that will not be possible.  The Foundation annual audit reports are not available yet, and when they are, they will be distributed to Foundation members only for their comments. At that point, the Foundation AGM will be scheduled. 

Governance of the Foundation is distinct from the Association.  Expressions of interest in joining the membership of the Foundation are welcome. Please contact Tom McKenna, Foundation President; or Chantal Proulx, Secretary-Treasurer, via Contact us.

A vote from members will be required to approve last year’s financial statement, next year’s budget, and to elect new and ongoing directors to the Board. If you are interested in being a part of the good work of the association, now is the time to let us know! Please contact Nominating Chair Tom McKenna (via Contact us).

Key steps:

  1. Please take the time to read the presentation and address your questions and suggestions to the ‘contact us’ website link, or directly to the directors below by September 30, and we will endeavour to respond in the coming weeks. 
  2. Motions that require a vote will be sent directly to members in good standing by email by October 16. If you are a member and we don’t have your up-to-date email address, please provide it to Duka Kitaljevich, Treasurer (contact info below) by October 16
  3. Votes will need to be received by October 31 to be counted

Important:  You must be a member in good standing to vote. This includes having your membership fees up to date. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, you can do so on our website at https://mylacheney.ca/ and to email us, go to the Contact us tab.  You will either need to provide an email address to vote online or you can confidentially send your votes to Ashwin Shingadia, Association Secretary (via Contact us).

These times are unprecedented, and we will all miss our annual BBQ and social catch-up. However, although we can’t meet in person, the work of your association continues to be crucial for the protection of our lakes now and in the future. 

Thank you for your continued support!

  • Roger Larson, Association President
  • Tom McKenna, Foundation President
  • Hélène Goulet, Association Vice-Présidente 
  • Ashwin Shingadia, Association Secretary 
  • Duka Kitaljevich, Association Treasurer 
  • Chantal Proulx, Foundation Treasurer 
  • Aileen Shaw 
  • Sean Sutton 
  • Rock Radovan 
  • Michael Wolfson 
  • Ted Billey
  • Diane Billey 
  • Chantal Landry 

Boat found

We were advised of the following. Hope the owner is located soon.

we saw a fishing boat drifting by our dock at 207 Chemin du Lac Desormeaux. We retrieved it and tied it up to the dock at 209 Chemin du Lac Desormeaux. It has a 90 Evinrude on it.

Holding the Foundation and Association Annual General Meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fellow lake residents,

Our Boards of Directors have concluded that it will be impossible to hold effective in-person AGMs for our organizations at this time due to the COVID-19 ‎pandemic. 

As both organizations must conduct certain formal business on an annual basis, we intend to do the following: 

  • We will post all committee reports on the Association website at https://mylacheney.ca/, in early July, invite written questions from our memberships, and we will post responses on the website by August 1, along with proposals/resolutions for the formal business. Reports include: Finance, State of the Lake, and Communications reports, with information about Lac Heney merchandise availability and our new Citizen Scientist program. 
  • We are looking at our Bay Captain teams doing a mail drop of our annual newsletter and membership renewals. 

The Association’s formal business includes the approval of last year’s AGM minutes, the approval of the Treasurer’s financial report and the 2020 budget, nominations of new and returning Directors and election of the President. We would like to encourage new Directors for the Association to step forward, so please consider volunteering. Please send nominations to Tom McKenna, tom.a.mckenna@gmail.com, Nominating Committee chair, by July 20, 2020.

The Foundation’s formal business includes the approval of the minutes of last year’s AGM, approval of the Auditor’s Report, as well as the appointment of auditors for 2020-21, approval of their fees, and the appointment of the Board of Directors for 2020-21. The auditors’ report will be distributed to the Foundation members, either by mail or by e-mail.

Once input is received from our members, we will post formal resolutions on the website as of August 1, send them to both memberships by email, and ask for approval of the resolutions by an email or mailed vote. 

In lieu of our traditional BBQ, we will be pleased to deliver a Lac Heney coffee mug with each new membership or renewal. We are working with our new Bay Captain teams to make this possible. If you would like to order any Lac Heney merchandise please let Aileen Shaw, aileen.shaw@sympatico.ca and Diane Billey, diane.billey@sympatico.ca  know and we will endeavour to arrange a drop off.

We would like to thank you for your consideration of our efforts to maintain our important Association and Foundation programs during this crisis, and we would be pleased to hear from you.

On behalf of our Boards, our very best for a safe summer!

Sincerely, Tom & Roger 

Tom McKenna  tom.a.mckenna@gmail.com (Ph: 819.463.3792)

Roger Larson rogerleo.larson@gmail.com (Ph: 819-463-9925)

P.S.: some of our members have not supplied their email addresses, so if you are talking to a neighbour (with physical distancing) please mention that keeping in touch will be greatly aided by email communication during this crisis and into the future.