Past presidents have been 'boat anchor' to Hyack

As an ex-resident of New Westminster, now living in the Okanagan, and a former director and executive board member of the Hyack Festival Association, I am appalled at the situation that Hyack currently finds itself in.

During my tenure with Hyack during the 1990s, we had some boat-rocking incidents on the board but nothing that compares to the position of titanic proportions that the association currently finds itself in.

I have followed the newspaper reports with interest and find that the quagmire that the majority of the executive board has dug itself into—apparently with no regard for the regulations, rules or historical way under which the organization has operated—would be (and at times, is) laughable if it was not, in fact, probably the precursor of the end of the association.

There are many reasons for my current opinion and position. To cite a few: I find it deplorable that the executive could take it upon themselves to illegally fire the executive director at a horrendous cost to Hyack's image and pocketbook; I cannot accept that the current board could nominate and appoint new board members without publishing their bio/history as is required by the organization's regulations; I cannot accept that the executive refused to listen to the majority of the board of directors on any issue.

It is apparent to me that the executive has been and is trying to man the entire board with those whom they can manipulate.

I am aware that the mayor and the vast majority of council have distanced themselves from the sideshow that is currently Hyack. They are apparently going to revisit the city financing of Hyack after the Annual General Meeting to be held soon.

I am also aware that the Hyack Ambassador Program has been effectively destroyed and will most likely have to be rebuilt under some other support group. This seems to me to be a direct result of the irresponsibility of the current executive board.

I do not write this letter lightly.

My only wish is to have the spirit of the association that was Hyack retained. I have no interest in the past presidents, as I have generally felt that they have been a boat anchor to the association.

I fervently hope that members of the Hyack Festival Association will attend the Annual General Meeting and let the current board know their wishes. I also hope that the mayor and council will take measures to stop this farce.

Roy Jones


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