This past month a lot of exciting things have been taking place behind the scenes here at CAMRA BC. First and foremost I’m pleased to welcome the opening of CAMRA BC South Okanagan Branch. It’s all thanks to many months of planning and the hard work of Paddy Treavor, President of CAMRA BC Powell River, and Kim Lawton our new President of CAMRA BC South Okanagan, as well as the newly formed SOK executive. If you have any craft-beer loving friends in the Okanagan let them know that they can join in on the CAMRA BC fun. Congratulations on your new branch, South Okanagan!
CAMRA BC held its first summit meeting on Sunday, March 29th at Steamworks Brewpub and it was a roaring success. All branches had a executive representative present for the meeting, and new ideas and strategies were hammered out. We’re getting ready to roll out a new membership system and website, sending Vancouver’s education platform out to other branches and working on some awesome new swag. Thanks to everyone who came out and Steamworks for hosting, I’m very excited to be working with such a great team – the meeting was very inspiring.
On the advocacy front we’ve been puzzling out the new BC Liquor law changes. In early March preliminary guidelines and changes were released, but the promised information release dates of March 20th and April 1st never materialized. We’re still working with a number of politicians and local advocates to find out what will be changing for you the consumer, but the BCLDB hasn’t been forthcoming. Stay posted and if you have any input please do contact us.
Thank you again to everyone who came out to all the AGMs.
It’s time again for all of our beer celebrations to get underway, so here’s to a long summer filled with festivals, events, and good friends.
President Ari Dressler