October 31, 2013
By Kim Goldberg
NANAIMO, BC—Radio CHLY has been saved, at least for the moment. All six Save CHLY candidates swept to power in a landslide victory at last night’s AGM for Nanaimo’s campus-community radio station, giving them a majority position on the ten-member Board of Directors for the Radio Malaspina Society.
Two hundred people filled the Shaw Auditorium to capacity, making this the best attended AGM in the history of the 13-year-old radio station.
The entire boisterous night, expertly chaired by CHLY programmer Marjorie Stewart, was a massive testament to the power of people to unite for constructive change when sufficiently enraged.
To read more about CHLY’s recent spate of internal conflicts and financial problems, see my last blog posting here.
On Wednesday night, the outgoing Board of Directors, and especially treasurer Greg Boulter, was excoriated by members of the audience and by the Chairperson herself for coming to the AGM with no audited financial statement, no auditor, and insufficient documents to assess the station’s current financial situation.
The membership replied by smacking down 200 nearly unanimous ballots electing the six Save CHLY candidates and ousting Boulter, who was seeking another term on the board.
The four newly elected members from the community are:Gord Bibby Nadine Wiepning Cameron Wigmore Jesse Woodward ~
The four newly elected members from the VIU student body are:Aimee Calder Joani Isberg-Herron James Booker Mike McCreight ~
They join remaining mid-term board members Mike Preston and Alex Kalmakov-Wellborn (also both VIU students), although questions are circulating about the future roles of the two holdovers from the disgraced outgoing board.
Members of the new board made it a first priority to regain control of the keys to the station, since the old guard had changed the locks in September, effectively locking out all program producers who had previously been able to enter and leave without supervision. The incoming board is also turning its first attention to sorting out the station’s finances, which—judging by what was presented to members at last night’s AGM—are in considerable disarray.