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Beach Triangle Residents Association AGM: Soon 25 Years Old and Still Going Strong

By Ingrid Furtado and John Ellis

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This article was originally published in the Winter 2009 edition of the Triangle Topics newsletter.

The Beach Triangle Residents Association (BTRA) enjoyed a good turnout for their Annual General Meeting held in the Corpus Christi Church Meeting Room on Wednesday, June 3rd. President Ingrid Furtado, supported by Committee Chairs, reported a busy year highlighted by the following activities:

Neighbourhood

Environment

Homeowners

Affiliation

Furtado commented on the reasons the BTRA continues to be effective, where other organizations have struggled:

  1. Defining issues: First, it was the serious negative impact of the racetrack and then concerns about the Greenwood Teletheatre that caused residents to band together. Today, it is increasingly about the environment, protecting and enhancing the neighbourhood.
  2. Core Veterans: People who "know the ropes" and care enough to continue to volunteer, sharing their expertise and wealth of knowledge.
  3. New blood: People with new skills and enthusiasm offer fresh and expanded perspective.
  4. A sense of community: The Triangle Topics newsletter, with neighbourhood business support, Triangle history reports and coverage of executive activity is a major community-relations builder. The Web Site has attracted attention from residents who prefer to "surf the net". Finally, there's the community-relations building power of FunFest.

Ms Furtado thanked her colleagues on the Executive for their support in BTRA endeavours. On behalf of the entire executive, she also thanked Triangle residents for their interest, feedback and support.

Elected to the 2009-2010 Board of Directors were Chris Blythe, John Ellis, Ingrid Furtado, Edythe Gerrard, Hans Looije, Terra McKenna, Keith Schegili-Roberts, Layton Stewart, and David Windrim.

Guest speaker was Mike Holm of Boss Solar, a Triangle Resident, who spoke on the considerable cost savings to the homeowner and environmental benefits to be realized from adding solar electricity generation and solar water heating. He also commented on the grants and cost benefits now available through all levels of government.