REPORTING · 31st March 2011
The Friends of Shames has delivered presentations on ‘My Mountain Co-op’ to all the Northwest regions Councils and Regional Districts; Terrace, Prince Rupert, RDKS and to Kitimat City Council on Monday, March 21st. After going through the history of the organization, Darryl Tucker described the reason for the presentation.
“So what Friends of Shames has done has provided a foundation, a platform, for the ‘My Mountain Co-op’ to take shape. We’ve conducted a feasibility study. We’ve developed a business plan and we’ve launched a communication campaign,” said Tucker.
If they succeed, they will be the first not for profit Co-op in Canada. Shames Mountain was a for profit structure prior to this endeavour. Tucker expressed Shames was a facility in the world “like no other”, with a $1.295 million price tag. In addition, they need to make some repairs on the mountain so their goal is $2 million by April 30th. The current owner, Shames Mountain Ski Corporation, is in favour of the Co-operative structure according to Tucker.
They are aiming to sell memberships into the Co-op. One membership is one vote. A membership costs $299 and a business membership is $599. The membership is lifetime and the money will be refunded if the bid for the mountain is not successful. In Kitimat the Kitimat Veterinary Hospital and Bookmasters are both set up to take membership applications at their storefronts. In Terrace they have an office on highway 16 at Eby Street with a display showing how much they have risen towards their goal.
“It’s a non profit structure, it gives the community ownership of the ski area, it will ensure preservation and protection of the ski area,” said Tucker.
He has asked each City to purchase a business membership and asked each Council member to consider buying an individual one. He also asked for a recommendation of forgiveness of historical debt owed to the BC government.
In Kitimat Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion for The District of Kitimat to purchase a business membership followed by a motion to forgive the loan. Both were carried with no discussion. The same acceptance of the concept has been approved by all municipal bodies Tucker has made a presentation at.
Opening slide of Daryl Tuckers presentation on 'My Mountain Co-op'
Linda Parker (left) and Daryl Tucker explain the concept to the Regional District Kitimat Stikine board members