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Director at Large - Filip Christiaanse

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...
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.

    7 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
    7 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.
    7 months ago