Members implored to attend crucial Cowichan Valley MHA AGM Thursday

Members of the Cowichan Valley Minor Hockey Association are being urged to attend a pivotal Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 22.

The 2013/14 season was one of upheaval for the CVMHA, as its entire executive was suspended in January for what the Vancouver

Island Amateur Hockey Association called "conduct that could bring discredit to the society," after some CVMHA members expressed concerns about an executive committee meeting in January, specifically the way the executive went about replacing the president who had just resigned.

The CVMHA was reinstated after accepting the findings of an investigation by VIAHA.

"Be assured that VIAHA did not take the indefinite suspension to your executive committee lightly," read a memo issued by VIAHA shortly after the situation was resolved. "Please also be aware that the process in hockey throughout the country is to impose indefinite suspensions while the investigation is being conducted."

Many of the executive members were also coaches or managers for CVMHA teams, and were suspended from those positions as well. VIAHA felt that the issues surrounding the executive traced back to the 2013 AGM, where 10 of 13 members were replaced, which they said "resulted in the loss of continuity in the overall operation of CVMHA."

VIAHA encouraged all members to attend the AGM and consider volunteering for the executive, a position that has since been echoed by CVMHA members.

Thursday’s meeting will take place at the Island Savings Centre gymnasium. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.