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VI South Club Night: BC Marine Trail’s Coastal Caretakers

RVYC Main Lounge (3475 Ripon Road, Victoria) or via Zoom

19 Sep 2023 7pm PST  

Members $5 / Non-Members $10

Peter McMartin

Please join VI South for our first Club Night of the season!

Fred Pishalski is the Vancouver Island Regional Manager (volunteer position) for BC Marine Trails (BCMT). He is also on BCMT’s Trail Development Committee, plus the South Island Sea Kayaking Association (SISKA) liaison to BCMTs. SISKA is Canada’s largest kayak club and is based in Victoria. Fred does volunteer work for them as well.

Fred first went to the Broken Islands in 1986. Since then, he has paddled all over Vancouver Island, the central coast and to Haida Gwaii. He has also done trips to Mexico’s Baja and other countries. As an active SISKA member, he is usually out paddling every week all year  in local waters.

BC Marine Trails is a non-profit organization working together to help secure long-term public access to the BC coast. Our mission is to work with First Nations and stakeholders to build, protect and promote a public network of marine trails. This will allow safe recreational navigation of the BC coastline with minimal impact on the environment. We value the incredibly diverse environment of the BC coast. Our initiatives include shoreline cleanups, invasive species removals, site maintenance and more.

Coastal Caretakers are BCMT members who clean up beaches wherever they go, report for us and inspire others to take charge. We think of Coastal Caretakers as people who give voice to the coastal sites they explore. Their input and shared data extends our ability to advocate for safe marine recreation and continued access to the places we all love.


Call for Volunteers

We are looking for additional BCA members to help us run our hybrid Zoom evenings and will be hosting a training session for anyone interested in joining this group of volunteers immediately preceding September’s Club Night (in-person at RVYC, 5:30pm).  Please email us with any questions.


Hybrid Meeting Format

In-Person Attendees: For those attending in-person, the format will be very much the same as “normal”. Doors open at 7:00 and meeting starts at 7:30, with the presentation immediately to follow.

Cost: $5/Members, $10/Non-Members

Virtual Attendees: Virtual club nights (via Zoom) have enabled BCA to continue our monthly meetings and presentations throughout the pandemic, with an added bonus of expanding our community to members and non-members across the globe. With the return to in-person meetings, BCA has continued to provide a virtual component to our club nights as it has significant benefits to our membership. This, however, comes at a cost for the purchase of cameras, audio equipment and the lost revenue due to a decrease of in-person attendance used to off-set venue costs.

Cost: Members—$5.00 per connected device; Non-Members, $10 per connected device

Zoom meeting invitation: Please register via the website to purchase your virtual meeting ticket and receive the Zoom meeting invitation. Please note that you must be signed in to the BCA website to get the member price. We are not able to provide a reimbursement for those who do not sign in. If you have questions or challenges, please email us.

For More Information and to Register – Click Here


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