RURAL COMMUNITY OF KWIGILLINGOK HOSTS COASTAL VILLAGES REGION FUND BOARD MEETING

On July 23 and 24, residents of the community of Kwigillingok welcomed the Board of Directors and members of the staff of Coastal Villages Region Fund (“CVRF”) to their rural village for the company’s quarterly board meeting.

“Visiting our member communities and speaking directly with residents is an integral part our mission,” says Richard Jung, CVRF Board Chairman from Napakiak. “Some needs are common throughout the region, but each of our communities is unique and faces unique challenges. The best way to understand and address these unique needs is to spend time in the villages and get to know the people.”

Kwigillingok, which lies approximately 80 miles southwest of Bethel, is home to just under 400 people. It is one of 20 western Alaska villages represented by CVRF, whose mission is to promote economic development opportunities within these communities. CVRF’s Board is comprised of one democratically elected representative from each member community. In recent years, CVRF has held board meetings in Kongiganak, Chefornak, Scammon Bay, Napaskiak, Toksook Bay, Nightmute, Eek, Goodnews Bay and Quinhagak, in addition to the recent gathering in Kwigillingok.

At the Board meeting, which was open to the public, official business was accompanied by a time of open dialog between members of the Board and the community. In addition to the official proceedings, a barbeque and celebration of community was held. This format allowed residents to have an insider’s view of how their company works and to interact with company Board and staff in both official and informal settings. The interaction enabled residents and members of both the Board and the staff to share ideas, concerns and suggestions on a firsthand basis.

“As both a Board member and Kwigillingok resident, I was honored to host CVRF in my village,” says Kwigillingok Board member Roland Lewis. “Our whole team of Kwigillingok-based CVRF representatives work hard each day to keep our community informed, but there’s something special about seeing the Board, the staff and the community all coming together to share ideas and work as a team.”

Official business included updates from the staff on CVRF’s community benefits programs, region employment statistics, Bering Sea fishery operations, and corporate financial performance including approval of the 2014 audit. The 2014 audit reports Bering Sea fishing operation profits of over $35 million, which funded $28 million in community benefits. Darren Cleveland, John Samuel and Joe Avugiak (Board representatives from Quinhagak, Platinum
and Chefornak, respectively) were elected as alternates to the Executive Committee. Additionally, a resolution was approved renaming CVRF’s Goodnews Bay Regional Processing Center in honor of Henry “Smoolaq” Williams, former CVRF Board member who passed away last winter.

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CVRF is a 501(c)(4) Alaska non-profit corporation whose 20 member villages are along the west coast of Alaska from Scammon Bay to Platinum. CVRF is believed to be the largest Alaskan-owned seafood company in history and is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors elected by the residents of its 20 member communities. CVRF is dedicated to providing economic development in its 20 member communities by creating sensible, tangible and long-term opportunities that generate Hope for residents who want to Fish and Work. CVRF is the largest jobs provider in its member villages and is the first CDQ group to own and control the vessels that harvest its CDQ allocations.

For more information, visit www.coastalvillages.org or contact Chip Wilson at 907-278-5151.
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Coastal’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com/CoastalVillages.