About the Blue Sea Lake Watershed Association
|First Board of Directors of the Blue Sea Lake Watershed Association elected at the July 12th 2009 Annual General Meeting. From left to right : Dick Ryan, Gilles Galipeau, Jamie Quathamer, Louisette Verreault, Eric Desrosiers, Marc Grégoire, Richard Mayer, Marlène Thonnard and Denis M. Côté. Photo Jean Lacaille.|
On 26 May 2009, the Quebec Gouvernement approved the letters patent (available in French only - for the English translation of key parts, click here) of the Blue Sea Lake Watershed Association which holds its first general assembly on July 12th, 2009.
On September 5th, 2018, the Registraire des entreprises du Québec issues to the Association the supplementary letters patent (available in French only - for the English translation of key changes, click here) confirming the modifications required for recognition by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a charitable organization under the Income Tax Act. On September 25th, the Association receives the letter from the CRA informing us that our association meets the requirements to obtain this tax exemption.
Despite this change of status, the Association's mission is still to protect and preserve the watersheds of both Blue Sea Lake and Blue Sea Stream, an ecologically sensitive and endangered 80 sq km area situated within the municipalities of Blue Sea and Messines.
To achieve its mission, the Association annually sets the priorities which dictate its actions. To view these priorities, please click here.
Amongst its many accomplishments to date, the Association has - under the guidance of a dedicated nine-member administrative council:
- established an excellent relationship with both municipalities;
- initiated an ongoing membership and publicity campaign;
- coordinated numerous information and educational briefings and activities;
- liaised with local and regional officials on a variety of environmentally-related issues and problems;
- continued to monitor the health of Blue Sea Lake by participating in the Quebec Government's RSV Lac program;
- implemented a communication program which includes a website, a news bulletin (ie: "Shorelines"), and topical press releases.
The General Rules of the Association were first approved at the Annual General Assembly of July 10th, 2010. Subsequently, they were amended at the AGM of July28th, 2012; article 4 of the minutes of that AGM shows the modifications with respect to the original version.
Two other amendments were approved at the General Assembly on July 21th, 2018 with the aim of recognizing groups or associations formed for the protection of certain lakes in the watershed other than Blue Sea Lake, in particular by creating a new category of members (sections 2, 3.1, 3.2 and 4.1), and secondly, of setting a contribution due date and certain admission standards (sections 4.1 and 4.2). These amendments have been incorporated into the Consolidated General Rules, as of July 21th, 2018