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Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island


Native Son’s Halll, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC
Sunday, November 13, 2022, 1.00 pm


– Welcome and introductions
– Approval of the agenda
– Minutes of the 2021 AGM
– Year end fnancial report
– Chairs review of activities and question period
– Election of directors
– Adjournment


Notice of Annual General Meeting

Place:  Filberg Centre, Rotary Room

411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC, V9N 6C6

Time: 2:00 PM

Date:  Sunday, October 17, 2021


Welcome and Introductions

Special Presentation by

Todd Litman of the Victoria Transportation Policy Institute
The New Mobilities: Smart Planning

Mr. Litman is an internationally known transportation policy and design consultant with considerable insight into transportation issues on Vancouver Island.

Approval of the Agenda

Minutes of the 2019 AGM

2020 Year End Financial Report

Chair’s Review of Activities

Election of Directors



Annual General Meeting of
Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island

1pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020
Evergreen Lounge, Florence Filberg Centre,
411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay

Society Members and the General Public
are encouraged to attend

Prior to the Business Meeting, there will be a Special Presentation:

“The Okanagan Rail Trail is exceeding expectations”

Two of the trail’s creators, Thomas Simkins, PEng, and Dev Fraser, will tell how it was done.

The Okanagan trail was created by lifting the rails from an old railway, just like the E&N, from Victoria to Courtney and Port Alberni and, also like the E&N, had not been used for rail for ten years.  The community got behind the idea and made it a huge success.  It is now carrying more locals and tourists than was projected and is having substantial positive impacts on business.

Come hear how we could do even better with the E&N corridor here!

The AGM Business Meeting will follow the presentation and will include voting on the Special Resolution (below) and for 2020 Society Officers.

Existing members and those joining at the AGM prior to voting may vote.

Special Resolution
for Consideration by Members at
FORT-VIs Annual General Meeting
March 15, 2020

Background:  To become incorporated, FORT-VI used the Provincial model bylaws which do not specify a  membership fee.  The board members established a fee of $5.00 at their first meeting but did not specify a membership term at that time. The resolution is required to confirm the membership fee and define the term and to define the term in our bylaws.

Be it resolved that the Friends of Rails to Trails – Vancouver Island Bylaws be amended as follows:

Delete 2.3 and substitute the following clause:

2.3. The annual membership dues shall be $5.00 or as determined by the board.

Remove if any referring to dues from clause 2.4 and renumber it 2.7.

Insert the following clauses:

2.4. Membership dues are payable upon application for membership.  Applications will be reviewed by the board.  Dues for unaccepted applications will be promptly refunded.

2.5. Dues for renewal of membership are payable not later than March 31, each year.

2.6. Clause 2.5 notwithstanding, dues paid after September 30th of any year for new memberships shall remain valid due until March 31st of the second, following year.  For example, a member joining after September 30, 2019, will remain in good standing until March 31, 2021.

Change clauses presently numbered 2.5 and 2.6 to 2.8 and 2.9 respectively.

Hike & Bike Event

Hosted by the Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Island Trail | Saturday, September 15 | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Shawnigan Wharf Park

Event Report by Sherry Durnford

The Vancouver Island Trail (formerly VISTA) and Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island (FORT-VI) held an “information event” on Sept 15th at Shawnigan Lake. The goal was to galvanize the strength of a proposal to convert the E&N rail corridor from Langford to Courtenay on Vancouver Island to a multi-use trail.

It was an outdoor event so weather was important. When I woke that morning to sheets of rain coming down, I pondered how easy it would be to cancel the event. We were fortunate to be able to relocate to a pavilion about a block from the park that provided shelter from the elements. While we’d hoped for hundreds of enthused cyclists and hikers, we did have about 55 attendees. This was an achievement, given the weather!

A number of Shawnigan residents, led by Ian Anderson, came together as a community to make the event a success. They supplied free drinks, prizes, a great musician, and a groundswell of support that made the event a success.

This part of the rail corridor by Shawnigan Lake traverses a stately old-growth copse of trees that would have to be removed to accomplish the Regional District’s goal to have a trail beside the rail. In addition, a trail beside the rail in this area would require filling marshy areas that are important bird habitats. Notwithstanding the huge cost of restoring the badly neglected corridor for rail and the substantial subsidies that would be required to run it, a trail on the rail would save huge taxpayer dollars and be more used then a once daily train.

While numerous consultant studies have pointed out that there isn’t adequate population at this time to make rail viable, we still have politicians pushing for it.

If you haven’t already visited our website, please do so soon as we have more activities planned.  A rally in the Comox Valley is next on the agenda.

If you are interested in helping with this initiative, please email us as volunteers are much needed. In the meantime, if you are a Vancouver Island resident, please ask your municipal candidates whether they support a trail ON the rail or just beside it. We hope that you’ll find the logic of using the railbed a good one. And, we hope you cast your vote on October 20 to support local politicians who realize that a trail makes more sense in so many ways rather than rebuilding a rail. This is the time to hold our politicians’ feet to the fire! Let’s ask our politicians the extent to which they will support many environmental issues.

Calling all Hikers, Walkers and Bikers!

Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island are presenting our case to the Regional Districts for converting the E&N rail corridor to rail-trails. The most important part of our presentation is showing that there are many people in favor of rail-trails on the corridor.  Will you show your support?

If so, please try to attend a meeting on April 26, 2017 at Alberni/Clayoquot Regional District office at 1:30 pm, 3008 5th Ave, Port Alberni, BC

The following is a brief description of what we want to convey to the Regional Districts….let’s stop spending taxpayers’ money on expensive work around trails and convert at least the Nanaimo to Courtenay rail bed to a trail. This will save huge taxpayer $$$$ in operating a rail and huge $$$$ in putting in expensive side trails.

If you agree, please vote with your feet by coming to the April 26th Regional District meeting.

If you have any questions, please call Sherry at 250 245-0471 or Wilf at 250 752-8618 or Les at 250 248-4245.

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause!