Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada - Special Resolution notice
The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada is a registered non-profit society within British Columbia. Members may be aware that a new Societies Act was passed November 28, 2016, and all registered societies in BC must transition to this new act by November 28, 2018.

A new set of Model Bylaws was provided for societies to consider when reviewing and updating their existing bylaws. The Model Bylaws are more concise and include more relevant methods of communication with members (such as email versus telegram or telex), or voting (not just a show of hands). Some old Schedule B bylaw provisions have been moved into the Act and are no longer needed within bylaws.

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada is proposing to adopt the new Model Bylaws, with the necessary addition of the term of a director as 3 years instead of 1 year. (this is an existing registered specific change within our existing bylaws and must be included within any new bylaws). The proposed Model Bylaws are provided within Appendix 1 for your information.

All Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada members in good standing are strongly encouraged to vote on a Special Resolution on the adoption of these new model bylaws. The Special Resolution is outlined in the email you have received.

This is really important, as we could potentially cease to exist as a society after November 28th if the transition work is not completed. As current-year membership expires on September 30th, we will need a response from members BY SEPTEMBER 25.

More information may be found at www.gov.bc.ca/SocietiesAct. If you require more specific information, please contact the undersigned.

Many thanks
Joanne Vinnedge, Treasurer

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Whereas the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada must transition to be compliant with the new Societies Act of BC by November 28, 2018, and whereas the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada has the opportunity to update existing bylaws to improve society functionality, Now therefore be it resolved to approve and adopt the proposed Model Bylaws as detailed in Appendix 1.
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