The SILT Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Society’s HO located at 916 Ethel Street, in Kelowna. New members Al Peatt and Rod Torgerson joined the board of directors and Rick Simpson was named vice-president, while the other executive members were re-appointed: Ross Everatt as president, Gord Wilson as treasurer, Judie Steeves as secretary.
New brochures with the organization’s new name, the Southern Interior Land Trust, have now been printed and are available.
The ORWHFS 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in room S103B of the Student Services Building at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road in Kelowna,
A very BIG THANK-YOU to Okanagan College for providing the meeting room to our organization at no cost. ORWHFS is a 100% volunteer run Society and with the help of friends and partners such as Okanagan College, our financial resources can be utilized more effectively towards the mandate and goals of our Society.
The Board of Directors elected for 2015 is:
President – Ross Everatt
Vice President – Chris Bull
Secretary – Judie Steeves
Treasurer – Gordon Wilson
Directors – Rick Simpson; Bill Bosch; Joan Lindsay
We are now officially known as The Southern Interior Land Trust Society (SILT). Operating for more than 25 years as The Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society, the ORWHFS realized it was time to re-brand and take on a name that was not only shorter and easier to remember but also to align more with the goals of the society.
ORWHFS has partnered with The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) to administer HSP funds for use in habitat rehabilitation for species at risk. The work will primarily be conducted along the Okanagan River Channel that was reclaimed through the ORRI Phase-1 project.
The work being carried out by ONA is critical to the Okanagan River ecosystem and is being funded through the Habitat Stewardship Program.
At the SILT AGM we held a discussion on whether or not Western Painted Turtles had any special status in British Columbia. Interestingly enough, The Okanagan Sunday Editorial published a very interesting article on the subject (see “Scientists solve puzzle of turtle’s genetic code” on Page A4, Okanagan Sunday, April 7, 2013).
Ron Taylor, President of the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society stepped down from the Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held this past April.
After serving more than 20 years as the ORWHFS President, Mr. Taylor turned the reins over to Ross Everatt who was unanimously elected the new President. Mr. Taylor’s many years of service and leadership to the Society included overseeing many of the conservation projects ORWHFS have been involved in, such as the Okanagan River Restoration Project.
Mr. Taylor’s positive straight forward approach and passion for the natural environment and its wildlife will set the tone for the work which lays ahead for the Society.
Thank You Ron!
The Southern Interior Land Trust Society
formerly The Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society was formed by members of the B.C. Wildlife Federation and regional fish and game clubs. Read More about its beginnings and accomplishments.
Southern Interior Land Trust Projects ultimately conserve wildlife and habitat. SILT partners with individuals, corporations and government to administer funds for wildlife habitat purchase and enhancement. Administration fees earned by our society are reinvested into the purchase of property to benefit wildlife and protect the land from future development. Visit our projects page to view some of the diverse projects we are involved in.
101 – 916 Ethel Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W2