The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Introducing BCA's Board of Directors (2017)

Jennifer Handley

January 16th, 2017

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to BCA’s Board of Directors who were elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016!  Responsible for “steering the BCA ship” in 2017 are:

The new Past Commodore, Jennifer Handley, is an ex-officio member of the Board with voice but no vote.

The  Board of Directors are volunteers who are elected by the members to manage the Association and promote its financial health and growth.  Directors are elected for a one year term and may stand for re-election.

New burgees for Board members! Clockwise from upper left: Commodore Leslie Hansen presents VI Chapter Vice Commodore burgee to Ralph Lapp; Cathy Norrie shows off her Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore burgee; Leslie presents new Past Commodore Jennifer Handley with her burgee; Jennifer presents the Vancouver Chapter Vice Commodore burgee to Blair Tweten; Jennifer presents new Commodore Leslie Hansen with her burgee


The Board of Directors represents the interests of all members of BCA and ensures that decisions are in accordance with the purpose of the Association.  The Board of Directors provide guidance, direction and financial authority to those Watchkeepers and/or staff involved in the running of the association and ensure that services and activities provided to members support the purpose of the association.  The Board meets as required, usually nine times, but no less than five times a year.  Meetings are held by online conference call;  a face-to-face strategic planning session usually occurs in March.

Authority, Accountability and Reporting

The Board of Directors:

  • Is responsible for the overall management of the Association.
  • Ensures that the Association complies with the Society Act and with the BCA Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Is responsible for governance issues and compliance with the Governance Manual.
  • Approves the annual budget for each calendar year no later than the end of February.
  • Reviews quarterly financial status.
  • Approves all new, non-budgeted expenditure contracts over $1000 entered into by the Association or any chapter; and is consulted and must approve all expenditures outside budget limits.
  • Approves and reviews all policies of the Association.
  • On an ongoing basis, reviews the development of BCA policies and procedures to advance good governance and ensure that these are incorporated into the BCA Governance Manual.
  • Has the authority to employ or contract individuals to fulfill some of the tasks of the organization.
  • Manages all Requests for Proposals for outside contracts.
  • May appoint directors to fill vacant positions.

The Board of Directors appreciates the tremendous support shown by BCA members.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.


  1. Nightide says:

    As a suggestion, as part of this introduction it would be helpful to know who is who in the group photo, so that we know by face who each of our directors are. Having said that, congratulations to each and all.

    1. Jennifer Handley says:

      Great suggestion – you are so right!! From left to right in the first photo above:
      Florence Viher, Treasurer; Jennifer Handley, Past Commodore; Blair Tweten, Vancouver Chapter Vice Commodore; Leslie Hansen, Commodore; Cathy Fritter, Secretary; Cathy Norrie, Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore.

  2. larry traverence says:

    Not a lot of gender equality but just like at sea,,, the women do most of the work.

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