Greetings to all!
Thank you to all members who attended the recent AGM and for participating in the election of your executive. I appreciate your confidence in me to take on the role of your new President and I hope I can fulfill many of your expectations. I would especially like to thank Kerry Clark for the excellent job he has done for the last five years – I feel like I have big shoes to fill. I am happy to take on this position and it will be great to have Kerry’s considerable experience as he will remain on the board as Past President. Thanks also to the rest of your executive who are staying in their positions: Dan, Jeff, Michi, Irene, and Stan – they all put in a lot of effort and energy to keep this organization running and make it the great resource that it is! I was encouraged to see during the AGM that we did have other members willing to run for positions and noticed many comments and suggestions brought forward. I want to encourage greater participation from the membership and feel it can only benefit the organization going forward.
The pandemic, which is foremost in all our thoughts these days, necessitated the switch to a virtual AGM instead of our planned 100th-anniversary celebration in Abbotsford this fall. The virtual AGM was a great success, with educational events still being held throughout November. Thanks to a great planning team for all their work, and especially to Dan Mawson and Jeff Lee for their time and efforts in filming the BC operations!
Our bees are now put to bed for the winter and we have plenty of time to plan for next year – to decide on different management options, including sourcing our bees and queens, managing and monitoring mites, and preparing equipment for spring. I am optimistically looking ahead to good overwintering and an exciting year ahead, both within the BCHPA organization and with my bees!
Stay healthy this winter and enjoy a good break while planning for the spring!