The Annual General Meeting for the Music on the Mountain Society on Friday, March 8 saw some exciting changes for the group.
Lionel Conant was re-elected as president and call the event a “breakout” event for the society because of the broad representation from across the community which showed up.
“It was huge because the youth as well came out,” said Conant.
Held at the Stuart Lake Golf Course, Conant said the venue was a fantastic place for the event, which was the AGM combined with a pot luck dinner and some live entertainment courtesy of Doug Koyama from Quesnel.
Conant was grateful the golf club allowed them to use such a great location for the meeting, as it allowed everything to happen in one spot.
There were 26 people present for the meeting, and people stopping in throughout the night.
“I really enjoyed how there was a flow-through coming and going all night,” said Conant.
Kevin Crook was elected treasurer, Harold Prince became the vice president, and Rosemarie Conant, Richard Kammerer and Paul Hess were elected members at large.
Conant was particularly excited by Hess coming on board.
“This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to the youth crowd,” said Conant.
Some of the discussion during the night centred around how the group can expand the festival into other aspects of art, including more visual art, and how managing the festival can be broken out into different committees under coordinators.
“I think a lot of it is just diversifying the workload,” he said. “I think a big turning point is how much more organized we’re getting.”
He said holding a more formalized AGM than the group had in the past allowed them to see how much support they have in the community.
There was some very open and healthy discussion about concerns some people had which will help the festival carry on in the direction it needs to go in the future.