GVIAS News Letter – March 9th, 2018

GVIAS 2018 Annual General Meeting

Come out to the GVIAS Annual General Meeting! We’d love to hear your input, questions, suggestions on all things Vancouver Burningman, and our local events schedule!

Hope to see you all there.

Please RSVP at the following link:

If you cannot see the link, please join the GVIAS FB page at:


Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, to be held at the Croatian Cultural Center Room B

Agenda as follows:

Appoint Ryan as Chair
Call Meeting to Order (Chair)
Determine Quorum (Chair)
Approve Agenda (Chair)
Approve Annual General Meeting Minutes (Sarah)
Review Rules of Order – Robert’s Rules (Chair)
2017 Board Report (Ryan)
Year End Finance Report (Brodie)
Proposed Budget – Base, Proposal 1, Proposal 2 (Brodie)
2017 BitF Report (Big Tuna)
2017 Dustcovery Report (Andi)
2017 Art Grants Update (Brian)
2018 ReCharge Update (Ashley)
Budget proposal 1 – Flame Cannon Safety Proposal, Hiltz Tanner
Budget proposal 2 – Fire Device Initiative, Jackson Smith
Budget Vote – Base, Proposal 1, Proposal 2
Nominee Speeches
New Boardees Election
Meeting to Adjourn to Toby’s to DRINK!


Art Grant Deadlines


GVIAS Arts Grants Committee has $$$ for artists!!
Check your deadlines here: http://gvias.org/grants/

Large art grant, Sound stage grant, and Mutant Vehicle grant applications are ALL due no later than MARCH 30!!

Who is eligible? what do grants cover? what is each grants qualification criteria?

Your resident GVIAS Arts Grants Public Announcement Herder
~Mika Zeebz


Burn in the Forest 2018 Info

We’re pleased to announce that the contract with the Cheam Fishing Village has been signed. Finally we can confirm the dates of the event will be July 12-15, 2018!

The BitF townhall is happening Monday March 26th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Trout Lake Community Center. Come to learn more about the event, and hear from the Production team about what’s in store for this year!

Applications for the Temple and Effigy are closing on March 15th. Learn more and submit your applications here:

BitF 2018 IMPORTANT INFO! Please read carefully

Burners without Borders Update

In 2017 GVIAS membership provided a $3,000 donation to Burners without Borders to support the amazing work they do. The GVIAS Board is proposing to provide the same grant for 2018, which will be up for approval at the AGM.

Here is a message from BwB about what they do and how those funds are used:

Burners without Borders Vancouver is one of the most active BwB chapters on the planet. Our mission is centred around helping the people and other organisations that help the denizens of the Downtown East-Side of Vancouver, aptly nicknamed “Canada’s Poorest Postal Code.” We also support other worldwide BwBs by promoting their events and good doings. We actively encourage our members to initiate their own projects; the funds we receive annually from GVIAS have allowed us to expand and engage with more do-gooders. This organisation would not even be close to what it is without our tireless leader, Charlene Francis.

Here’s a recap of our activities in 2017:

February 11 – Christmas Isn’t Over (CIO) – ‘monthly’ pop up soup/sandwich/fruit/dessert station in Oppenheimer Park. We also gift clothing, footwear, toiletries and household items
February 12 – Participated in Whalley’s Operation Feed the People
March 4 – CIO
March 7 – collected sheets for the Youth Detox Centre
March 9 – Participated in BwB’s Global Wave of Service
April 1 – CIO
April 16 – had a table at Recharge
April – sent 1 BwB member to the GLC (no money was give to the participant)
April 22 – participated with the Ocean Legacy Foundation to sort marine debris
May 6 – Participated in the Vancity Butt Blitz – out team picked up 4108 cigarette butts
May 13 – CIO
June 3 – CIO
August 12 – cleaned up Oppenheimer Park – moop count 1,111/donated feminine hygiene products to the DTES Women’s Shelter
September 30 – CIO
October 26 – worked again with Ocean Legacy Foundation
November 4 – CIO
November 5 – collected sheets/blankets/pillows/essentials again for Youth Detox Centre
December 2 – CIO
December 15 – sponsored 1 family through the Langley Christmas Bureau and 1 local Burner family for Christmas hampers
December 30 – CIO

We have an average of 25 volunteers come out to Christmas Isn’t Over every month. Our reach extends beyond Burners…it’s very cool to engage with other well-meaning people to make small, but significant contributions to our community. We are very grateful to GVIAS for providing us with enough funds so that we do not need to take time away from our work to fund raise. Thank you!



GVIAS Board,
Ryan, Allison Eden, Brodie, Sarah, Tyler, Adrian

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