Island Corridor Foundation 
Board Meeting Notes April 2018
Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held April 26 th 2018 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Member Representatives were presented with the 2017 financial statements from Cara Light of Grant Thornton along with reports from the Chair, Dr. Judith Sayers and CEO Graham Bruce.
The President of Southern Rail, Derek Ollmann explained the current position of rail operations and SVI's continued support and commitment to expanding rail service. Dan Brown from the Cowichan Valley Regional District Parks & Trails presented the CVRD trail development plan for 2018 and a comprehensive report of the trail system already constructed. Deanna Beaudoin, Executive Director of McLean Mill Society at Port Alberni explained what had been accomplished to allow for the steam train to operate this year between downtown and the Mill. Attendance is growing at the museum and rails with trails could become an additional way of attracting more visitors. The full AGM report will be posted on the website in June.

Election of Officers
Duncan Mayor Phil Kent was elected Chair of the ICF for 2018 and Judith Sayers will be vice-chair. John Berikoff continues as financial officer and Nicole Norris was appointed First Nation liaison. Graham Bruce, CEO will remain secretary until his replacement is found.

Association of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities Conference
There was a good turnout of delegates attending the AVICC for the ICF workshop presentation April 14 th . Unfortunately Premier Horgan, in his address to the AVICC did not comment on his government's position regarding the restoration of rail for the Island. ICF directors have met several times with Minister Trevena and another meeting is scheduled in late May. Several Island MPs have indicated that federal monies are available but dependent on the provincial contribution.

Nanaimo Heritage Station Gains New Tenant
The White Rabbit Coffee Shop will be opening beside the Horse & Carriage Pub at the Nanaimo Station.
Lease arrangements were completed last month and work will commence shortly to finish the area for the Coffee Shop.

Homelessness on the Corridor
The plight of the homeless is impacting the corridor through most of our communities. The issue has become much larger than the ICF can manage. An additional problem is the amount of garbage left when people move on.

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