Almaguin Highlands Strategic Plan Implementation Committee

Minutes of Meeting

held Thursday, April 8, 2004

at the

South River - Machar Community Centre

Present: Ed Hughes, Christina Golding, Kathleen Finlay, Carole Burns, Dayna TurnerDickens, Brenda Scott, Don Carter, Jeff Johnston, David Stewart, Martin Parker


Resource Persons: Catherine Mayne, NECO; Steve Billings, NECO; and Bob Sjonnesen, MNDM


1. Acceptance of Agenda

Golding/Scott -

10-2004 THAT AHSPIC does hereby accept the proposed agenda for this meeting of April 8, 2004.


2. Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting were not available.

3. Economic Development Seminar

Dayna Turner-Dickens reviewed the promotion which has taken place to date. The speakers have been confirmed . The format for the meeting and the media coverage to date were described.

Chair Hughes raised some concerns about the conference. He noted it was a change from the original concept. He was concerned there was a registration fee and felt the event should have been free.

It was noted that the price ensures participant are committed in attending and that the costs which the grants will not cover are paid.

It was noted that the conference is a joint effort of the Village of South River, the AHSPIC and the Micro-Business Development Centre in moving economic development forward.

Chair Hughes requested a opportunity for a presentation on the AHSPIC organization during the conference.

11-2004 Carter/Johnston

THAT AHSPIC recommends the Mayor of South River be requested to give a welcome at the start of the Conference and an AHSPIC representative introduce the facilitator.


4. AHSPIC Information Brochure

Chair Hughes distributed a draft of an information brochure for distribution at the conference Several members noted a brief concise information package was need.

It was agreed the MBDC will prepare an information sheet on AHSPIC based on the Terms o f Reference for the Committee with a map, logo and the mission statement "A Regions with a Plant to Grow and Prosper" is possible..

5. Almaguin Highlands Pins

Kathleen Finlay provided an update on the production of pins with the Almaguin Highlands. It was agreed to proceed with the purchase to the amount which has been funded to date.

6. Website

David Stewart provided an update on the website for the region he is developing. A new interactive map will be included.

7. Broadband Update

Chair Hughes reported on the recent meeting on Broadband for the region. The meeting included all the Broadband providers which surround the region.


Chair Hughes, as a members of LTAB, reported on the projects being proposed by that organization for the current year.

9. Adjournment and Next Meeting

It was agreed the next meeting would be Thursday May 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the South River - Machar Community Centre.

Meeting adjourned.

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