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SEAWA continuing to increase its outreach work

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Bob Phillips, executive director of SEAWA, speaks at the organization's AGM. Bob Phillips, executive director of SEAWA, speaks at the organization's AGM. Photo by Rose Sanchez

A lot of the work done by the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA) in the past year focused on informing members of the public about the importance of the watershed and the work SEAWA is doing in relation to it.

That was the message from Bob Phillips, SEAWA executive director, at the sixth annual general meeting of the organization March 19.
“Many people are not really engaged with the watershed or watershed issues.”
He said the other big project undertaken was continued work on the Integrated Watershed Management Plan.
Peter Wallis, treasurer and chair of the State of the Watershed Committee, presented the financial highlights for 2011-12.
Revenue for the year was down a little from the previous year at $379,054. Some of that is made up of core grants which did increase to 281,438. Expenses totalled $368,881 leaving a small surplus of $10,173.
The big increase in the expenses for 2012 was in promotion and advertising which jumped from $19,693 in 2011 to $31,613 in 2012. It is a testament to the outreach-to-the-public work that was done.
SEAWA is operating on a tighter budget now than it has in the past as officials see their reserves starting to shrink.
“That’s normal for an organization such as ours,” explained Wallis. “We need to be much more proactive in our finances and the activities we engage in.”
A finance committee was created last year to help oversee the budgeting process.
Wallis added the financial picture doesn’t show the many in-kind contributions made by individuals and organizations over the years.
“They made it possible to carry out projects not funded at all by SEAWA,” said Wallis, adding without those contributions the association wouldn’t have been able to do as much work as it did.
There were numerous positions on the board that were up for election this year.
The new board of directors for 2012-13 for SEAWA includes:
• John Michalopoulos (Municipal Government Urban);
• Herb Scott Municipal Government Rural);
• Bruce Sederberg (Land Resource Industry - Agriculture);
• Peter Wallis ( Land Resource Industry - Industry);
• Melinda Arthur (Academic Institutions);
• Vacant (Eco-Tourism Groups);
• Dan Davies (Individual Public Member);
• Martha Munz Gue (Individual Public Member);
• Geoff Watson (Licensees - Non-irrigators);
• Gary Franz (Licensees - Irrigators);
• Russ Golonowski (Non-government Organizations);
• Rob Gardner (Environmental Groups);
• Vacant (Aboriginal/Metis);
• Louella Cronkhite (Regulators - Provincial);
• Jennifer Nitschelm (Regulators - Provincial);
• Roy Crowther (Regulators - Federal);
• Vacant (Individual Public Member - Youth, age 18-30, one-year term).

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