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Improvement Association was first - Eco Alliance came later
To the editor:
Regarding Rosemary Knight’s recent letter about misinformation. First, the topic that I raised was the hijacking of the Bowen Island Improvement Association. I was a board member and I was there when it happened.
Let me repeat: the Bowen Island Improvement Association had been in business for some time before the hijackers took over. After the hijackers walked into the Annual General Meeting, an entirely new board was created. But the new board failed to report annually as required and thus a couple of years later, some of the original board members were able to get the name back.
The hijackers were extremely upset and a flurry of letters to the Undercurrent ensued.
Later, the Bowen Island Eco Alliance was formed as a separate organization. Those are the facts.
I do not know who Emma Woodcock is, nor do others whom I have asked. Dick Underhill did not file papers on behalf of the BIIA.
Although I can’t say I know Rosemary personally, I have known her husband Bob Turner for many years. At my request he spoke to our local water district when I was chair and also, at my request, spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Improvement Association a few years back.
When he was mayor, he and the council graciously allowed me to present a detailed report on a survey of Bowen Island ferry users.
In addition, on behalf on the Improvement Association, I prepared and presented what was then the only study of Bowen Island population numbers and characteristics extending back from before Bowen was incorporated up to the last decade. Those and other studies were done at no cost to the municipality.