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2021 AGM and Voting

  • Fellow Off-Roaders,

    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Filip Christiaanse, and I am running for the Director at Large position for the Four-Wheel Drive Association.

    I had a fascination with the outdoors as a kid. Raised in Holland, I loved camping and sailing as a sea scout....
    see more Fellow Off-Roaders,

    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Filip Christiaanse, and I am running for the Director at Large position for the Four-Wheel Drive Association.

    I had a fascination with the outdoors as a kid. Raised in Holland, I loved camping and sailing as a sea scout. After immigrating to BC, I was awed with the beauty and vastness of the backcountry. I liked touring around and camping in the wilderness with my friends. I hiked the Westcoast Trail and Stein Valley and canoed the Broken Islands and Bowron Lakes. When I started a family, I enrolled my kids in scouts and guides to enjoy nature. My kids and I like camping and exploring the wilderness together. I bought an FJ Cruiser 5 ½ years ago and joined a local off-road group. My travels since have taken me to many places in our beautiful province, from Tofino in the west to Cranbrook in the east, from the Chilliwack in the south to 100 Mile House in the north, and anywhere in between. I have been to exotic off-road locales in Oregon, Utah and Colorado with my off-road buddies. I now drive a JK Wrangler.

    My motivation to be a director of the 4WDABC is to bring the love of the backcountry and off-roading to others, whether it is Overlanding, mud-bogging or hard-core rock-crawling. I would like to help members be able to enjoy nature in a safe and fun manner and keep the backcountry accessible. I like to listen to members' concerns and am open to their ideas.

    Over the years, I have volunteered with a diverse mix of community groups. I was a scout leader when my kids were younger and currently am a Herd of Turtles 4x4 board member for four years running. As a land-use planner, I am familiar with liaising with various government officials and professionals at different levels, which can help advocate for backroad access. Through my profession, I have gained planning and organizational skills that can help run the Association. I have a particular interest in heritage and like to explore opportunities to access the province's unique cultural and natural assets. I would like to help out the many volunteers and Board in any capacity they need so we can be the best Association we can be.
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    • Filip Christiaanse An ode to off-roading and the 4WDABC association.

      Say! I like off-roading!

      I do! I like it, 4WDABC!

      And I would off-road in a boat!

      And I would off-road with a goat...

      And I will off-road, in...
      see more An ode to off-roading and the 4WDABC association.

      Say! I like off-roading!

      I do! I like it, 4WDABC!

      And I would off-road in a boat!

      And I would off-road with a goat...

      And I will off-road, in the rain.

      And in the dark. And on a train.

      And in a car. And in a tree.

      It is so good, so good, you see!

      So I will off-road in a box.

      And I will off-road with a fox.

      And I will off-road in a house.

      And I will off-road with a mouse.

      And I will off-road here and there.

      Say! I will off-road anywhere!

      I do so like off-roading!

      Thank you! Thank you, 4WDABC.

      6 months ago
    • Chris Donald Hi Filip,
      As a land-use planner have you had any direct interaction with Williams Lake FS District or Cascades FS District related to old trail closures in the South Chilcotin; specifically,...
      see more Hi Filip,
      As a land-use planner have you had any direct interaction with Williams Lake FS District or Cascades FS District related to old trail closures in the South Chilcotin; specifically, China Head, Poison Mntn, Windy Ridge, Yodel Camp and the trails around Black Dome.
      Chris Donald
      6 months ago
    • Filip Christiaanse Hi Chris, I have not had contact with the agencies mentioned. I am aware of some restrictions related to that area having wheeled there for several years. You cannot go off the trail on China Head... see more Hi Chris, I have not had contact with the agencies mentioned. I am aware of some restrictions related to that area having wheeled there for several years. You cannot go off the trail on China Head Mountain as it is a protected area. You can contact me through Facebook Messenger if you would like to discuss this further.
      6 months ago
  • I have been a member of the Four Wheel Drive Association for four years, and in that time, I have been an active volunteer, Regional Officer for Sea-to-Sky/Fraser Valley, guiding and tail gunning Association sponsored runs, helping to maintain Association sponsored Rec Sites, scouting for new... see more I have been a member of the Four Wheel Drive Association for four years, and in that time, I have been an active volunteer, Regional Officer for Sea-to-Sky/Fraser Valley, guiding and tail gunning Association sponsored runs, helping to maintain Association sponsored Rec Sites, scouting for new Rec Sites that the Association can manage, and now, as the TreadLightly! Coordinator.

    I feel that I can bring a range of knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors with my experience in the event management and creation industry and my degree in Geography, resource management focus at the University of BC. I will do my best to maintain the Association's positivity with my work with TreadLightly!, the Conservation Officers, The Board, and most importantly, the members of the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC.

    I may live in Vancouver, but our backyard, BC, has too many beautiful destinations that I haven't been hesitant to visit.

    Contact me at brianp@4wdabc.ca or on FaceBook if you have any questions.
    • Chris Donald Hi Leah,
      Have you had any direct interaction with Williams Lake FS District or Cascades FS District related to old trail closures in the South Chilcotin; specifically, China Head, Poison Mntn,...
      see more Hi Leah,
      Have you had any direct interaction with Williams Lake FS District or Cascades FS District related to old trail closures in the South Chilcotin; specifically, China Head, Poison Mntn, Windy Ridge, Yodel Camp and the trails around Black Dome. I am currently in a "discussion" with Williams Lake FS about a gate near Black Dome that effectively blocks access south to Yodel Camp.
      Chris Donald
      6 months ago
    • Leah McQueen Hi Chris, no I have not had any contact with anyone regarding any of the trail closures in that area.

      Leah
      6 months ago
    • Brian Pratt Hi Chris, I have not had any direct interaction with any one related to the closures you mention. I will make inquiries though and see if anyone else from the Association has and what the plans... see more Hi Chris, I have not had any direct interaction with any one related to the closures you mention. I will make inquiries though and see if anyone else from the Association has and what the plans could be regarding these issues.
      6 months ago
  • Hello everyone, my name is Leah McQueen, and I am running for the position of Director At Large for the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC.

    I have been involved in backroads recreation my whole life, whether on horseback, on foot, on a dirtbike, or in a 4x4.  

    I've been actively involved...
    see more Hello everyone, my name is Leah McQueen, and I am running for the position of Director At Large for the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC.

    I have been involved in backroads recreation my whole life, whether on horseback, on foot, on a dirtbike, or in a 4x4.  

    I've been actively involved with the Four Wheel Drive Association as a Regional Representative for the South Peace since 2016.  During my time as a Regional Representative, I have had the opportunity to work with many diverse people on various projects, including partnership agreements on both the Windfall Creek and Boulder Lake Recreation sites and attending several stakeholder consultation meetings regarding backcountry closures related to Southern Mountain Caribou. 

    I moved to Prince George in October 2020 after spending over 15 years in Chetwynd. I bring a rural, northern perspective to issues and ideas.  I've previously been involved in volunteer organizations at the board level, including the Chetwynd Community Arts Council, where I served as Secretary and the Little Prairie Heritage Society, where I filled a variety of roles, most recently as President until I moved from Chetwynd.  I am an active member of the Northern Trails Heritage Society.

    As a board member of the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC, I will bring my knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the table, as well as my background in resource recreation.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Resource-Based Tourism from UNBC. I'm always inspired by the passion and dedication that volunteers bring to the 4WDABC and am proud to be part of such an outstanding group.

    I'm excited to have the opportunity to run for this role as a Director at Large, and  I look forward to serving the Association in whatever capacity is needed.
  • Ron deKroon for Director At Large

    Ron has been active in the 4-wheel Drive community since 2004, more heavily since 2009. He is passionate about the vision and objectives of the 4WDABC and would like to get involved more.

    In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Herd of...
    see more Ron deKroon for Director At Large

    Ron has been active in the 4-wheel Drive community since 2004, more heavily since 2009. He is passionate about the vision and objectives of the 4WDABC and would like to get involved more.

    In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Herd of Turtles as Membership Coordinator and V/P.

    Ron is a self-employed bookkeeper, machining consultant, and certified T1 Tax Preparer. After 25 years in the CNC machining trade, he made a career change and vowed never to punch someone else's clock again. His current clients include Industrial / Manufacturing, Environmental Consulting, and Residential & Commercial Construction. He is also the Treasurer of a non-profit charity.

    As a Director At Large, Ron's skill set could be valuable to the 4WDABC related to the needs of the Treasurer and Membership Coordinator. Ron gets satisfaction out of the organized collection of data. He actually loves spreadsheets.  Ron also sits on the Board of directors with the VMTA (Vedder Mountain Trails Association) as a representative of the 4WDABC.

    Ron's other interests are music, sports, dogs, and Ham radio.

    Ron tends to shy away from the Jeep vs Toyota banter. His greatest perplexities in life are beer decisions; to choose a Lager or an Ale.
  • They asked me to write up a bio for my nomination for Director at Large with 4WDABC and keep it short.  My name is Chris Bonnell, and I have been a member of the Association for three years.  Over the last year, I've been fairly active with supporting as many events as possible, so now it's time... see more They asked me to write up a bio for my nomination for Director at Large with 4WDABC and keep it short.  My name is Chris Bonnell, and I have been a member of the Association for three years.  Over the last year, I've been fairly active with supporting as many events as possible, so now it's time to give back to the people, both staff and group members, what they've done for me with sharing a vast knowledge of driving skills and environmental protection.  

    In life, I'm a Commercial Transport mechanic (20 years) and a CF Officer in the reserves for the Army Cadet program for the last seven years.  My goal is to pass on my knowledge to others and help with the training of both future and current wheelers on safety, recovery and environmental stewardship on the trails.
    • Chris Bonnell Thanks for putting forth my nomination and im looking forward to answering any questions, and if you see me out on the trails, by all means come talk over a camp fire and coffee.
      6 months ago
  • Hello to all my fellow 4WDABC brothers and sisters… If you refer to your friends by the makes and colours of their trucks, you might just be a four-wheeler… Like me for more than 30 years.

    For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of serving our 4wd Community as a member of the...
    see more Hello to all my fellow 4WDABC brothers and sisters… If you refer to your friends by the makes and colours of their trucks, you might just be a four-wheeler… Like me for more than 30 years.

    For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of serving our 4wd Community as a member of the trainer team and the past two years as the Vice President of the 4WDABC.

    Getting elected to the Board involves a very serious time commitment; it's like having a second job. Being self-employed allows me this flexibility to serve our community, and I am close enough to Vancouver to meet face-to-face (pre-Covid, of course)  or address things during the day if needed.

    In the Vice President's capacity, I have had the distinct honour of being a highly active part of the Wheeling Wisely Management team and Trainer team, where I have devoted a significant amount of time to developing the Wheeling Wisely training curriculums. My participation involves working on the management team to develop strategies, travel and source out training grounds and writing of training curriculums with a couple different teams, and the privilege of training some of our outstanding members.

    At the end of my first two years on the BOD, I feel I am making significant traction supporting 4WDABC members throughout the province, especially in the community in which I live, the South Thompson(Kamloops) Okanagan.

    I'm blessed with living in the Kamloops area, which allows me significant access to the interior's amazing terrain. I believe that since we are a provincial organization, it is extremely beneficial to have solid representation outside the lower mainland. My location has allowed the 4wdabc to actively support members in the interior and interface with Rec Sites and Trails BC, working alongside a regional office team in this area.

    This local representative and interaction has allowed us to sign a partnership agreement for the Lac du Bois OHV park in Kamloops and build relationships with Rec Sites and Trail BC ST Regional officers and Techs in Kamloops and Vernon. This Makes it easy for RSTBC to reach out to communicate local issues regarding interaction with other user groups and advocacy issues.

    With this last part, it takes significant time to build first-hand relationships on behalf of the 4WDABC. It allows RST to reach out to me as a local representative and BOD member to help address items that need to be communicated or potential access challenges.

    I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our great Community as vice President for another two years and continue some of the challenging discussions with RSTBC on your behalf.
  • Not only keeping you safe in the backcountry, but also in the world wide internet.

    Canadian born and raised by his parents Ken & Lorraine Ion, who travelled throughout British Columbia during his younger years until they settled down up in the Cariboo area, where Matt attending school in 100...
    see more Not only keeping you safe in the backcountry, but also in the world wide internet.

    Canadian born and raised by his parents Ken & Lorraine Ion, who travelled throughout British Columbia during his younger years until they settled down up in the Cariboo area, where Matt attending school in 100 Mile until he graduated in 1986.

    Matt spent his early adult years after high school back in Vancouver, and attended the Institute of Communication Arts, getting his degree in communications and computer science.

    Over the next couple of decades, Matt has worked in the IT field, learning and growing with today’s technology. His love of the outdoors has always been with him most of his life, but really took to the backcountry and off-roading in 2013 when he purchased his 2 nd love after his wife, “Eugene” and became a member of the 4 Wheel Drive Association.

    Over the next few years of exploring, mapping, volunteering in many of the events, cleanups, Sportsmen’s Show, and then taking on the role of an Admin on the 4WD Facebook page, handling the Association website and other communications, until Matt eventually was voted onto the Board of Directors as “Director of Communications”.

    His projects over the past two years of his tenure have included the 4WDABC VHF radio channel, helping coordinate numerous member-organized cleanups, spearheading the Norrish Creek code program, assisting in setting up the signups for the renewed Eagle Mountain key program, and the GateBuddy app project, with more big plans for the upcoming year!
  • Hi fellow members, I'm Jason Belanger. I have been part of this amazing organization for over five years, and I am running for re-election for Director of Regions. As well as serving on the Board of Directors for my past term and a half, I am also one of the 4WDABC Wheeling Wisely Trainers. I... see more Hi fellow members, I'm Jason Belanger. I have been part of this amazing organization for over five years, and I am running for re-election for Director of Regions. As well as serving on the Board of Directors for my past term and a half, I am also one of the 4WDABC Wheeling Wisely Trainers. I grew up in Pitt Meadows and spent a ton of my younger years camping and exploring. This time spent in the backcountry is what made me fall in love with it.

    It has been a true honour to serve as your Director of Regions during the past three years. My number one goal was to recruit more Regional Representatives to build engagement across the province. I'm happy to say that our group of Regional Representatives have grown each and every year. As Director of Regions, it has also been my job to communicate the many ideas and requests of the Regional Representatives to the Board and facilitate action. I'm fortunate that my profession allows me to travel to many areas regularly so that I have many opportunities to meet and work directly with our Regional Representatives. I believe that this active and ongoing communication is one part of why we've been able to bring on and build connections with so many great Regional Representatives during my past term.

    Power in numbers. In recent years we've had amazing membership growth and have gained increasing support from both government agencies and private companies. I believe with work from all of us, incorporating Tread Lightly principles, we can gain far more access across the Province. For this, we rely on our Regional Representatives as local ambassadors. The more Regional Representatives we have, the more we can accomplish, and as Director of Regions, I will continue to build this network.

    Common goals. 4WDABC brings people with the same love of the outdoors together. With this as the focus, we can start working toward our goals. This could be saving another fire tower from demolition or taking over a rec site that the governments cannot take care of anymore – all in the name of creating new wheeling destinations for our members. Even with the restrictions this past year, so many new announcements appear to be on the horizon. I can say we are possibly on the cusp of another 16 possible sites saved for all of us to enjoy.

    I would be honoured to serve as Director of Regions for the next term to help bring these possible 16 new possible destinations to fruition by working with and gaining more Regional Representatives and working with them throughout the province. These new sites are in many new areas, many areas you may be close to you! Vancouver Island, Okanagan, West Kootenays and the Cariboo!

    I remain dedicated to volunteering my time for the benefit of the entire wheeling community, whether it is delivering off-road training to the Community or helping grow our sport in other ways. Over the next two years, I hope to work with as many of you as possible to keep what access and sites we have as well as grow to keep as many as possible!
  • Hello to 4WDABC members and board members,

    My name is Mike Tishken, and for the last two years, I have been a regional officer for the Okanagan area.

    I have been regularly active in my area, promoting 4wdabc and the work we do for our members.

    I am currently working on the preservation...
    see more Hello to 4WDABC members and board members,

    My name is Mike Tishken, and for the last two years, I have been a regional officer for the Okanagan area.

    I have been regularly active in my area, promoting 4wdabc and the work we do for our members.

    I am currently working on the preservation of a couple of fire lookouts. Such as Eureka, Sugar and Mara lookout. These are great assets to our community and history.

    I regularly hold 4wd & coffee meets, and this has been a great way to meet and get to know people in my area. This is an important part of what I do because I get to know many fellow wheelers, and it keeps me informed of any trails that may be closed or concerns our members might have.

    I also actively work with clubs in our area, such as Jeep Okanagan with their meet and greets and charity runs and the Vernon Atv Club with preservations of fire lookouts and future trail runs with both of our clubs as a kind of mash-up.  I feel it's awesome to reach out to other kinds of clubs to see what kind of fun collaborations we can come up with.

    I would like to run for Director at Large on the Board of 4wdabc.

    I feel like I can bring a lot to the table from a different perspective, and being from the Okanagan, I can bring a more active presence of 4wdabc in my area. I love all different kinds of off-road vehicles. I currently drive a hummer h2, and with that, I can bring a different perspective of off-roading.

    With this position, I will actively work with the local government, 4wdabc members, local clubs and 4wdabc board members to help preserve access to our backcountry. I will promote backcountry clean-ups and preservations of historically significant landmarks such as fire lookouts.

    I look forward to this opportunity to work with great people in the 4wd Community.

    Thanks

    Mike Tishken
  • Kristina Wheeler posted a discussion in 2021 AGM and Voting
    The 4WDABC AGM will be held on March 20; the elections this year will be for five Director positions. Four of which are concluding their term in 2021, and the addition of a new director position.

    Open Director positions for voting for the 2021 4WDABC AGM are as follows:

    Vice President...
    see more The 4WDABC AGM will be held on March 20; the elections this year will be for five Director positions. Four of which are concluding their term in 2021, and the addition of a new director position.

    Open Director positions for voting for the 2021 4WDABC AGM are as follows:

    Vice President (2-year term)
    Treasurer (2-year term)
    Communications (2-year term)
    Regions Director (2-year term)
    Director at Large (2-year term)

    Member Voting – Our current Board of Directors will implement electronic voting for this year’s AGM to present a more Provincial representation at the AGM and reflected in Association business. We encourage members to ensure their memberships are in good standing (paid up to at least March 20 to be eligible to vote) and their online profiles are updated.

    Nominations will be open until Thursday, March 4, 2021.
    The campaign period will be Saturday, March 6, 2021, through Friday, March 12, 2021
    Electronic voting will be March 15, 2021, through Thursday, March 18, 2021, ending at midnight PST.
    The AGM will be held on March 20, 2021.

    Director Nominations - We strongly recommend those who may be interested in running contact nominations@4wdabc.ca so that candidates will have the opportunity for their biographies to be distributed officially, along with other elections information leading up to the day.

    Descriptions of the Positions – If there are further questions regarding the positions, Reviewing the by-laws may provide additional context. If there are other questions about the positions, please email nominations@4wdabc.ca

    2) Vice President

    a. The Vice President shall assume the duties of President in the event the President is unable to attend meetings and/or functions.

    b. The Vice President shall Chair the annual general meeting.

    c. The Vice President shall ensure that meetings follow procedures and protocols as per Robert’s Rules of Order 7

    d. The Vice President shall coordinate and ensure compliance with the Constitution, Bylaws, and the Societies Act.

    e. The Vice President shall coordinate the education and training of members in regards to relevant four wheel drive activities supports by the Association.

    f. The Vice President shall act as liaison with four wheel drive clubs, particularly those which are members of the Association.

    g. The Vice President shall perform other roles as defined and agreed to by the Board of Directors.



    3) Treasurer

    a. The Treasurer shall have charge of all deeds, contracts, bonds, certificates, securities, and muniments of title belonging to the Association.

    b. The Treasurer shall keep financial records, including books of account, necessary to comply with the Society Act,

    c. The Treasurer shall render financial statements and other reports to the Directors, members and others when required, and

    d. The Treasurer, if directed by the majority of the voting members in person at the general meeting, be bonded in an amount equivalent to or greater than the general account balance.

    e. The Treasurer shall ensure that funds of the Four Wheel Drive Association of British Columbia shall be deposited only into a Four Wheel Drive Association of British Columbia account in a recognized financial institution approved by the Board of Directors.

    a) Funds so deposited may be drawn out on the signatures of any two of three or more authorized signatories as designated by the Board of Directors

    b) The financial records are to be inspected on an annual basis by an independent, non-related third party chosen by the board of directors, to commence immediately following the end of the fiscal year.

    f. Maintains Society Paypal account system to transfer funds for timely deposit into our Four Wheel Drive Association of British Columbia bank account.



    3) Communications

    a. Handles Society social media

    b. Maintains Society website

    c. Controls Society forum(s)

    d. Maintains Society email system (eg. president@4WDABC.com)

    e. Coordinates production of Society magazine, the Backroader

    f. Meeting notifications on all Society indirect Regions platforms

    g. E-newsletter



    4) Regions

    a. Coordinates the election of Regional Officers: one for each of the nine regions in British Columbia:

    1-Vancouver Island, 2-Lower Mainland, 3-Thompson-Nicola, 4-Kootenay, 5-Cariboo, 6-Skeena, 7-Omineca, 8-Okanagan, 9-Peace. (For reference only: Regional government offices in each are in: Nanaimo, Surrey, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Williams Lake, Smithers, Prince George, Penticton, Fort St. John.)

    b. Coordinates with the Regional Officers to bring business of interest to members and their concerns to the Board of Directors

    c. Coordinates and publicizes events in all regions, particularly if our own.

    d. Coordinates the signing of waivers, and placement of insurance for all events supported by the Four Wheel Drive Association of British Columbia.

    e. Acquires the appropriate permissions and control keys for events requiring those.



    Director At Large - The Director at Large position has not been provided with a fixed portfolio, instead, it will be developed to accommodate both the skill sets of the individual who fills the role; and the Association’s many dynamic needs. The 4WDABC continues to experience exponential year-over-year growth; this role will evolve in response to needs.
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