This year we hosted two cruises on the Fraser River aboard the MV Native paddlewheeler based in New Westminster. The first, the Fraser River Sunset Dinner Cruise, was a 3-hour sunset dinner cruise for businesses, labour groups and organizations. The second was an RSBC & Friends Royal City Tour, geared towards our volunteers, staff and friends.
The Fraser River Sunset Dinner cruise took place on Saturday, June 23, and was a resounding success. Celebrity chef Ned Bell was the guest speaker, and he was FANTASTIC! He gave a great keynote speech about the importance of food, knowing where your food comes from and sustainable seafood. The paddlewheeler captain, Doug Leaney, took us upriver, past and around Douglas Island and then we saw the mouth of the Pitt River before heading back to the dock in New Westminster.
The RSBC & Friends Royal City Tour was a new offering this year. It took place on Sunday, June 24, after our AGM. It was a 2-hour afternoon cruise aboard the MV Native paddlewheeler, which brought us upriver a little ways and then down the middle arm of the Fraser a bit before heading back to New Westminster.
Prior to the afternoon cruise, we held our AGM and lunch at the Network Hub in New Westminster’s River Market. Sustainable Living Leadership Program 2016 grad, Petra Markova, provided the crowd with an update about the Rivers Clinic for Environmental Leaders Program she co-created.
Our Board of Directors remains the same as last year, except Petra Markova and Bruce Ford stepped down. Our 2018/2019 Board of Directors is as follows: Fin Donnelly, Olga Schwartzkopf, Neal Nicholson, Coree Tull, Siobhan Ashe, Susan Jarema and Kim North.
In total, we had 63 people join us on the river over the two days, and raised over $12,000 for the Sustainable Living Leadership Program.
A special thank you to the following sponsors for this year’s Fraser River Sunset Dinner Cruise:
Thank you also to the following for helping to make the Fraser River Sunset Dinner Cruise a possibility.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the river again in 2019.