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The Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia (RFABC) is a vibrant provincial recreation association that has been hard at work for over 70 years.  Originally known as the British Columbia Arena, Auditorium and Stadium Association it was formed in 1948 to bring people together who shared a common interest in improving the operation of recreation facilities throughout the province.

The RFABC has a long history of valued service to the recreation industry in this province. It has provided a tremendous networking opportunity for facility operators to access when they need help or are willing to share their successes.

As an important member of the BC recreation sector the RFABC has worked with other agencies, associations, advisory boards, committees and councils in a very cooperative manner.

For a large part of its existence, the Association had been run solely by volunteers. In later years, part-time and then full-time staff have been hired to help with the day to day operations. Currently, three staff are employed in Victoria to help guide the Executive Board in this important role of meeting the needs of the membership.

Please feel free to browse through the following links on this page for a look at some interesting aspects of the Association’s history:

A Brief History of the RFABC

Past Presidents of the Association PPT Slideshow

Honour Roll - Lists of Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers

Conventions/Conferences-Lists of Dates and Locations

Life Members

RFABC Old Document Recycling

Member Spotlights:

John and Marilyn Bate - Summer 2016

Mike Creedon - Spring 2017

John Elzinga - Spring 2020

Kurt Houlden - Spring 2018

Joe Iannarelli Sr. - Fall 2019

Ken Kelbough - Winter 2020

Louie Labbe - Winter 2016

Denis Leclerc - Summer 2017

Lyle Parlour 1982-1983

Bill Reekie - Winter 2017

Stan Shigehiro - Fall 2017

Jim Weicker - Fall 2018

 Vancouver’s Legacy of Recreation Facilities

A Brief History of the WHL in BC

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