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ERMA elects a new board

Following the June 20 election, Bruce Andrews, of Grand Falls-Windsor, will serve as the new president of the Exploits River’s Environment Resources Management Association (ERMA).
Following the June 20 election, Bruce Andrews, of Grand Falls-Windsor, will serve as the new president of the Exploits River’s Environment Resources Management Association (ERMA). - Jordan Maloney

Bruce Andrews assumes presidential role

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – Bruce Andrews was involved with the Exploits River’s Environment Resources Management Association once before. That was about 20 years ago. Now, after the Association’s June 20 election, he’s president.

Andrews decided to get involved with the organization again because as a retiree he is always actively looking for things to enhance the community and region.

“This was a good fit because I love salmon fishing and anything to do with it,” he said.

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“I was always big on salmon enhancement, and that’s got to be a priority for ERMA, other than the day-to-day maintaining of the facility.”

Andrews spoke of how ERMA was involved with salmon egg hatcheries, fertilizing up to 8-million eggs per year.

“It was a big operation and we need to get back to that level,” Andrews said.

He also wants to grow the membership.

“Right now we have about 40 members,” Andrews said. “I would like to build upon that, to become actively involved in the community and become a voice for the anglers.

“When you have a large membership you get people coming up with some good ideas, taking part in clean up and getting into the schools to teach kids to fly fish.”

New board

In total, 15 positions were filled during the election – five executive and 10 directors at large.

Andrews called it a good blend of older executive and new members.

Members for the new board of directors are:

President – Bruce Andrews

1st Vice – Junior Downey

2nd Vice – Si Thompson

Secretary – Jean Head

Treasurer – Barry Bartlett

Directors at large:

Bill Bryden

Cody Loveridge

Allan Miller

Bruce Moores

Dave Noel

Al Paddock

Dennis Rose

Kevin Sheppard

Jackie Thompson

Gail Thorne

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