The community recycling program was started by a group of people who called themselves the Environment Committee. Members wanted to promote caring for the environment. Recycling was being done in many places and seemed like a good place to start.
As the program grew it needed money for space, shipping, equipment and employees. Some came from sale of recyclables but more was needed from municipalities and fundraising.
The Committee incorporated as Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc., a non-profit organization in 1995 to provide a legal framework for where the money was and how it was accounted for. It meant no one was personally profiting from recycling.
The activities of a non-profit organization are governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer to make decisions about operations of the recycling program. They may do the work or oversee people they hire to do the work and help out as they have time.
The knowledge and expertise of Board members make a big difference in an organization.
Bob Lyons joined the Board of Directors in 2011. He brings a variety of skills to the position.
His official role is treasurer, overseeing financial transactions and working with the budget committee.
He has provided forklift operation training to staff and filled in loading a trailer for shipping on one occasion. He does annual maintenance on the forklift and has fixed wiring on the recycling trailer. He is a great for consultant for mechanical repairs.
Bob worked closely with Frontier Industries preparing for and installing the new baler which was a three day process.
Bob regularly stops by the Centre regularly and helps with little maintenance jobs.
Thank you Bob for your valuable contributions.