On April 21, 2017 the IRMC held their Annual General Meeting at the Beban Park Social Centre.
At the 5th annual AGM , members unanimously voted to become a non-profit community services co-operative. “This changes very little in how we operate” noted President Larry Whaley, citing that the change was needed to make the IRMC eligible for numerous grants.
Mr. Whaley’s presidential report informed members that a $25,000 grant from the Regional District of Nanaimo is being used for the initial studies required before proceeding with the build at Beban Park. The preliminary architectural drawings were presented and Larry noted that construction cannot proceed until the full cost of the project is accounted for, a figure that the costing studies are intended to provide. IRMC is still waiting on the details of the land lease with the city, but terms are expected to be favorable.
Guest speaker Janet Thoney, President of the 103 year old Coombs Farmers’ Institute, concluded the evening. She presented on the history and objectives of the Institute as enshrined in the 1897 Farmers’ and Womens’ Institute Act. She also emphasized the lobbying power of the Institute through its legislated access to the Ministry of Agriculture.