New Board Guides Save The Dome Effort
Prince George, B.C. – The Board of Directors of the group formed to preserve, and hopefully purchase, the Prince George Roll-A-Dome has several new faces following the resignations of most of the members of the original board.
Founding president of the PG Dome Society, Margaret Jackson, has informed 250 News that she resigned her position on September 30th, 2016 “with the hope that the new executive will be able to rally the troops that I was not able to.” Minutes of the PG Dome Society meeting of Oct 12, 2016 state that Original Board members Jackson, Marveen Layte, Annette Killeen, Andrea Erwin and Jen Herkes had resigned, with three original members remaining, one of them until the appointment of a new board was complete. Jackson says all of the resignations came around the same time.
The new board has not been formally announced but, according to minutes of the Dome Society’s meeting of Nov. 17, 2016, consists of: Denise Hogue – president, Jen Herkes – vice-president, Tamara Sweet – Secretary/Treasurer, original board member Ken Biron – director at large and member of the Mayor’s Committee on Accessibility, as well as new board members Nicole King Smith, Jesse Bowen and Karen Lucas who are also serving as directors at large. All of those appointments are in effect until the society holds its initial Annual General Meeting, which must be held within 18 months of the society’s inception (which was in March, 2016).
Jackson says there were several reasons for stepping down “When you can’t rally the user groups, and when you can’t rally the community, even though I know that we rallied corporate support, without the user groups and the community behind it I was not willing to go forward with getting the corporate people to do what they needed to do without the actual purchase of the building or a long-term lease with the building.”
“And so when you don’t have that documentation to give you the authority to make changes to a structure, I didn’t feel like I wanted to move forward” says Jackson, who adds, “it was a job far and above what I was willing to commit to.”
Jackson says user groups gave limited support to what the original board was trying to accomplish “Their mandate is to provide their own program with their own organization, their clients or their participants, not necessarily wanting to jump onto another board to secure. So, you can only spread yourself so thin, until it doesn’t work.”
Many of the remaining members of the group of owners who purchased the Roll-A-Dome from the Prince George Golf and Curling Club back in 2002 have been hoping to retrieve their investment as they enjoy their retirement. A developer looked at adjacent property as the possible location of a new hotel, with the roller rink building demolished and paved as a parking lot.
The PG Dome Society is firmly against losing the building and was given until June 1st, 2016 to formulate a business plan for the purchase of the Roll-A-Dome. Jackson says that has not fully occurred. “In some ways yes, in some ways no,” she says. “I’m going to say, officially no, it did not occur and that was probably part of my reasoning to step aside.”
Jackson, who remains a staunch supporter of the effort to save the Roll-A-Dome and remains a member of the society, says the society is in good shape to take the next steps “I know that there’s well over $7,000 in the bank when I left. That’s far from the $1.3 million that the owners want, but I know with $7,000 it’s enough to take care of the society, to allow it to move forward because you need cash or capital to put together a proper business plan, to put together a meet-and-greet for those people that are in the community that’s able to open up a wallet and write a $20,000 cheque.”
“So I know the society is financially very well off to move forward to that next stage because that’s basically where we’re at, to move to the next stage. And I think the owners are happy that they are moving forward to the next stage.”
The next PG Dome Society membership meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2017 upstairs at the Dome. And, as the society’s web site says “if you don’t have a membership, please consider buying one to support our efforts to Save The Dome”.