(Columbia Basin) – Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is pleased to welcome 11 new members to its three advisory committees in its core areas of social, economic and environment. One way CBT remains accountable to Basin residents is through the use of these committees, which provide advice on how CBT delivers benefits to the region.
“In order to help provide a lasting legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being, CBT needs to be aware of current issues and concerns in Basin communities,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “Our advisory committees are one way to receive this input, plus we benefit from the members’ individual areas of expertise.”
The committees play an important role in providing community perspectives, sectoral expertise and strategic advice on CBT’s activities and priorities. This advice may be particular to the committee’s core or program area, or more general in regard to CBT’s overall direction. The committee’s advice is sought according to the vision and principles outlined in the Columbia Basin Management Plan.
“Joining CBT’s Social Advisory Committee means being part of a team of dedicated people that are working together to making the Basin a better place to live,” said new member Keri Rinehart, Kimberley. “CBT’s approach of bringing people together to gain perspective and seek feedback while striving to move forward is very inclusive and inspiring. I’m excited to be a part of this process.”
“I chose to join the Environment Advisory Committee to be a participant in a team that works to achieve ongoing environmental integrity in the Basin,” said new member James Maitre, Revelstoke. “Working in collaboration ensures a variety of ideas are brought forth and considered, which ultimately helps strengthen CBT’s presence in the Basin.”
CBT would like to acknowledge and welcome the following new members:
* Social Advisory Committee: Mary DeVan, Lynn Mace, Susie Mayson, Dee McEachern and Keri Rinehart;
* Economic Advisory Committee: Mike Cantle; and
* Environment Advisory Committee: Theresa Ehman, Jayme Hadikin, James
Maitre, Daniel Schneider and Ian Wiles.
CBT also has two program advisory groups that provide advice on youth and water initiatives. For a full list of advisory committee members, or more information about CBT’s advisory committees, visit:
CBT delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.