Dreamers, Doers, Doners
The founding meeting of the BCA was held almost 30 years ago, in 1978, aboard the m/v Hollyburn. Since then, the organization has grown to three chapters and more than 500 member boats, representing about 900 people. "Of this number," Guylain Roy-Machabee, BCA commodore, says, "240 are in the main Vancouver chapter, 110 are in the Vancouver Island chapter, and 35 are in our Calgary chapter. The rest, about 110 boats, or about 20 percent of the fleet at any given time, are currently cruising." Those at sea are known as the Doers, while the rest of the membership consists of Dreamers and Doners. This all-volunteer organization was conceived and designed so that Doners could help Dreamers become Doers. The BCA has developed comprehensive programs to foster such transitions.