2017 BC Council of Garden Clubs AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the BC Council of Garden Clubs will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre at 6515 Bonsor Avenue in Burnaby, BC.

Doors open for registration at 8:15 am and meeting will start at 9 am

Early Bird Registration ends on March 10

DELEGATE SPECIAL!!  Member Club/organization delegates are being offered an Early Bird Special of $20.

PLEASE NOTE:  Delegates are voting representatives of their club/organization.  Member Clubs are entitled to one Delegate, although clubs may send as many individuals as they wish.  Standard Early Bird pricing is $35 per person.   Standard pricing after the Early Bird deadline will be $40.



Elections will be held for the positions of:

• President

• Second Vice-President

• Secretary

• Scholarship Trust Committee

If you are interested in standing for any of these positions, or wish to nominate someone, please email nominations@bcgardenclubs.com


There are several amendments that will be presented to the membership for discussion and vote.

The quorum – as directed by the membership at the 2016 AGM.  The Notice of Motion can be found here

Scholarship Trust Committee – There are several amendments regarding the Scholarship Trust Committee. These may be found here.


We are very pleased to have Julia Common back to speak to us.  Many of you have requested a return appearance and we look forward to catching up with Julia.

Also on the agenda is Tasha Murray who will give us the lowdown on the aliens invading BC.

Tasha Murray - Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver

 Aliens Among Us

Invasive plants are out-competing native plants, disrupting wildlife habitat and disturbing our gardens and natural spaces.  Other invasive species such as fire ants are also having wide-reaching environmental, economic and safety impacts.  Learn about our worst invaders, what is being done to minimize their impacts, and how you can be part of the solution.

Tasha Murray has been involved in environmental education and stewardship in the Pacific Northwest for over fifteen years and has worked extensively to manage invasive plants.  Tasha works for the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, a non-profit organization with the vision of invasive-free communities that works with individuals, organizations and government.  She lives in Burnaby with her young family and spends her leisure time volunteering and sometimes tackling invasive plants in her own garden.

Julia Common - Hives for Humanity

JULIA COMMON – BSC AND MSC Agriculture , Hives for Humanity Co-Founder
& Chief Beekeeper

Julia Common is a Master Beekeeper who has been keeping bees since her university days.  What started as a summer job has become a life-long passion which has deepened since co-founding the non-profit organization Hives for Humanity with her daughter in 2012.  Hives for Humanity started with a single hive in a community garden in the Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and has grown to include 200 colonies throughout Metro Vancouver.  Julia believes in the therapeutic power of the bees, and in their ability to connect all people to nature, community and self.
In her capacity as Chief Beekeeper and co-founder of Hives for Humanity, she has a story to share.

Learn more:



The Agenda for this meeting is subject to change and will be amended as details are finalized.

Time (approximate) 
8:15 amRegistration Desk opens
9:00 amMeeting Begins
Welcome to Delegates, Board Reports, Presentation of Motions
10:00 am15 min break followed by introduction of vendors
10:30 amDiscussion and voting on motions
Elections for President, Second Vice-President, Secretary and Scholarship Committee
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 pmFirst Speaker
2:00 pmCookie Break
2:20 pmSecond Speaker
3:20 pmMeeting Adjourned
3:30 pmDoor Draw


Register ONLINE:

Go to EventBrite


Mail in Registration:

Download the registration form here, and mail the completed form and your cheque for the correct amount to the address shown on the form.