Dear Editor,

Thank you for your article on the Lake Windermere Management Plan and water surface zoning. However, there are some inaccuracies about the Lake Windermere Ambassadors that I would like to correct.

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors were formed in 2009, not 2005, and were formed by a diverse group of citizens concerned about the lake, not through Wildsight. Also, the statement, The Ambassadors have applied for non-charitable status to become an autonomous entity, is confusing and incorrect. While we have recently started the process to achieve our own charitable status, the Ambassadors became a registered society in B.C. in September 2010, at which point we became completely autonomous.

We do have a working relationship with Wildsight, just as we do with the District of Invermere and the Regional District, but while we have signed an agency agreement with Wildsight to gain access to certain funding streams, in no way does this make us a part of, or controlled by, Wildsight. These types of agreements are common partnerships amongst non-profit organizations.

Our next board meeting is Wednesday, October 26th at 9 a.m. Please join us to meet our board, a great mix of permanent and part-time residents, environmentalists, boat enthusiasts, both motorized and non, and local business people. We would also be happy to provide any information on our history and goals, and our role as the Lake Management Committee.

Paul Christy

Chair, Lake Windermere Ambassadors