Issue 82 • October 2019
MEMBER NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021
2021 Annual General Meetings After much consideration the EQUS Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Annual General Meetings that were originally scheduled for the end of March. Current provincial health regulations and the uncertainty surrounding the easing of those restrictions has created planning challenges, and it is important that we ensure EQUS members can safely attend and participate in these meetings in a meaningful way. The health and safety of EQUS members and our communities is always our top priority and we will only proceed with the meetings when we are sure we can do so safely and within the parameters of current provincial health regulations. We are optimistic that we will be able to meet later this spring and provide EQUS members with the AGM experience they expect and have enjoyed for many years. We look forward to the opportunity to meet and share our 2020 successes with EQUS members in the near future. In the meanwhile, find information on the four Board of Directors nominees for 2021 inside this newsletter. Updates on the rescheduled meetings will be shared in an upcoming newsletter and online at equs.ca/members/events.
Notice of Special Meeting: UPCOMING EVENTS
EQUS event information is available online at equs.ca/members/events
The EQUS Board of Directors has recognized the need to have the ability to accept electronic or mail-in voting as part of a virtual association meeting. The Board is calling a special meeting to propose acceptance of a bylaw that would enable these voting methods should they be required at any point in the future.
This meeting will be held at our Corporate Office (5120 40 Avenue, Innisfail, Alberta) on March 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested in attending the special general meeting virtually or in person, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-506-5736. In person attendance may be affected by current public health restrictions, however we will work to accommodate all guests.
EQUS Board of Directors
The following background information has been provided by the nominees. This year there is one vacant position, one retirement, and three Directors requiring re-election.
Dave Anderson, Didsbury I am currently the Senior Vice President (SVP) of several functions within a large multinational oil and gas firm. As SVP, I have a large portfolio that includes extensive Board and Executive Committee collaboration, functional strategy design and execution. I have held extensive leadership roles including a deep knowledge of midstream and utility operations, major projects, international exploration & production, and both onshore and offshore operations. Throughout my almost 20-year oil and gas career I have had the opportunity to work in 12 different countries. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Corporate Finance) from the University of Calgary and I have a plethora of industry-specific certifications.
Bill Van Rootselaar, Fort Macleod Bill brings several decades worth of board governance experience to the EQUS Board, having served the Hollandale REA, South Alta REA, and EQUS boards, amongst several others in southern Alberta. Bill believes in the Co-op principles and the ‘neighbours helping neighbours’ philosophy that has driven Alberta REAs. He has been a member of the EQUS Board since its inception in 2013. Bill has spent over 40 years gaining experience in the art of farming. From raising irrigated crops, to building up a large dairy operation that milks over 400 cows in a modern facility, and a feed mill processing facility to support them, Bill has learned the value of caring for, and investing in the health of his soil, crops, and animals. Bill holds a Canadian Agriculture Lifetime Leadership Degree, a Diploma in Dairy Equipment Installation, and has completed many business management courses over the years. He lives near Fort Macleod with his wife, Rita, where they raised their three kids and continue to operate Silver Top Dairy.
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Jason Tweten, Medicine Hat Jason Tweten joined the South Alta REA board in 2011 and continued on as an EQUS director following amalgamation in 2013. Jason feels that a highlight of his REA involvement was the merger between South Alta REA and Central Alberta REA. He currently participates on the Audit and Finance Committee and has participated on the Prairie Power Board. Jason feels that his consultation experiences and expertise with land ownership and property rights, combined with his connections in the Oil and Gas sector and a variety of other stakeholders allows him to respond to questions from the board on these issues and share his expertise. Jason lives near Medicine Hat with his wife Courtney and their two children. He enjoys hunting whenever possible.
Sandra Thornton, Onoway Sandra Thornton has been a director with EQUS since 2017. She has been active on the Governance Committee, the CEO Selection Committee, and has served as Vice Chair since 2019. As a communications professional, Sandra has helped organizations develop, implement, and measure successful strategic communications for over 30 years. Sandra has a Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Arts, is accredited in Public Relations, and certified in Crisis Communications. In 2011 she was recognized for her contributions to the profession with an appointment to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). Sandra is a strong believer in the importance of community service and has served on numerous boards over the years, with a particular interest in governance and policy.
Retirement: John Ross John Ross was elected to the Hoping REA in 1994 and remained on the board when seven REAs joined together in 1997 to form South Alta REA. John was Chairman of South Alta REA when it amalgamated with Central Alberta REA in 2013 and continued on since then as a member of the EQUS board. Thank you, John, for nearly three decades of dedicated service to Alberta REAs. John is looking forward to spending more time at his new cabin on Lake of the Woods, in Ontario, and getting more involved in a new business as half owner of a marina in Kenora, ON, but cattle ranching with his family in southern Alberta will always be his first priority.
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Through 2020, Operation Round Up was able to provide support to 13 different organizations throughout the EQUS Service Area. Over $46,000 was provided to support initiatives that enriched the lives of youth and seniors in our communities. A sincere thank you to our longstanding Operation Round Up committee members Randy Ernst, Beatrice Mayberry, and Edna Strickland for generously volunteering their time to support this program. Welcome to new committee member Doug Drozd, who will represent the Board following the retirement of Wanda Okamura.
Congratulations to the recipients of Operation Round Up funding for Q4 of 2020: • Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District, $5,000 - Funds to purchase an equipment and supply trailer that will be used to support programming in rural areas near Red Deer. The trailer will enable popup programming, and summer programs by transporting supplies, equipment, and camp gear for over 500 youth who attend Camp Alexo each summer.
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• The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta, $4,475 - Funding to upgrade communications systems. The Lending Cupboard's Red Deer location has seen a drastic increase in call volumes during the pandemic which has overwhelmed existing phone and internet services. These upgrades will ensure that area residents are able to request access to free medical equipment loans to support recovery, mobility, and indepdent living.
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• Rimbey Jr/Sr High School Foundation, $4,500 - Funds to purchase picnic tables as part of an ongoing courtyard beautification project. The tables will provide an outdoor green space for students at the school to learn and socialize, and will likely be used by parents as well, as the location is also near the Elementary School playground. Volunteers will pour concrete and install the tables.
The next application deadline is March 31. Programs that benefit youth and seniors in EQUS' Service Area could be eligible to receive up to $5,000. For more information visit: equs.ca/community/operation-round-up
RETAIL Your retailer will bill you for the energy, transmission, and distribution used.
Members are free to purchase electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta). To report a power outage in your area, or for other services such as construction or vegetation management, please call your local Area Office.
Corporate Office 1.888.211.4011
North Area Office 1.888.627.4011
Central Area Office 1.877.527.4011
South Area Office 1.888.565.5445
Mailing Address: Box 6199, 5803 42 Street, Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8
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