Leaders of Recreation Facility Operations

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This award in honor of a Past President of the Association is presented annually to a graduating student in the Recreation Leadership Diploma Program at Langara College, in Vancouver BC. The award is a cash bursary of $300.00. In addition, the student will receive an honorarium of $125.00 to assist in attending the annual RFABC Conference. The student must attend the conference to receive the honorarium. The conference host community will provide accommodation and meals (billets) for the student during the conference.

Year Recipient Organization/Location
1981 Craig Briewis B.C.l.T
1982 Joanne Cadson B.C.I.T.
1983 Not Awarded
1984 Bruce Tilbury B.C.l.T
1984 Norm Gallicano B.C.l.T.
1985 Mike Cregan B.C.l.T
1986 Not Awarded
1987 Rob Stagg V.C.C.
1988 Lisa Wong V.C.C.
1989 Susan Boeschoten V.C.C.
1990 Jane Faulkner V.C.C.
1991 Nancy Sylvain V.C.C.
1992 Jim Davies V.C.C.
1993 Timothy Turner V.C.C.
1994 Kim Hilton Langara College
1995 Julie Freund Langara College
1996 Marian Gardner Langara College
1997 Sofia Boston Langara College
1998 Cheryl Kensick Langara College
1999 Lesley Sharp Langara College
2000 Victoria Murphy Langara College
2001 GrantRice Langara College
2002 Monica McGinley Langara College
2003 Chris Shubert Langara College
2004 Nicole Castor Langara College
2005 Nicole Wilson Langara College
2006 Shawn Bourgoin Langara College
2007 Renata Turick Langara College
2008 Mark Houlden Langara College
2009 Bernard Lee Langara College
2010 Pam Berg Langara College
2011 Larry Alas Langara College
2012 Shannon Penway Langara College
2019 Hannah Glavin Langara College


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Website Updates

A number of website updates are underway.  RFABC ask for your patience in the implementation of the changes.

Lead Innovation with FortisBC

FortisBC pilots new and innovative technologies to identify energy savings, customer acceptance and any challenges related to the installation and maintenance of the technology. The pilot programs help us determine the feasibility of including new technologies into our suite of energy efficiency rebate programs.


If your recreation centers are interested in being a future pilot participant, please fill out the following online web form:




2019-2021 RFABC Strategic Plan Available

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TSBC State of Safety 2018 Report

Technical Safety BC recently released its State of Safety 2018 Report which gives a view of technical safety in British Columbia. Here are some of the highlights from 2018 detailed in the report:

·         558 incidents reported to Technical Safety BC – up 17% over 2017, reflecting more awareness among the public and contractor community about our role and the importance of reporting.

·         Located the highest number of hazards in the province’s history – indicating improvements in our ability to find risks.

·         51,292 physical assessments (inspections) of equipment.

·         545 compliance & enforcement actions undertaken by Technical Safety BC to address unsafe work and/or individuals and companies working without the proper permits or certifications.

·         72 investigations into incidents completed to understand root causes and assist prevention efforts.

You can view the whole report here. But you’ll probably want to focus on key statistics and related stories in the Boiler, Pressure Vessels & Refrigeration section.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards

Submit a nomination 

Deadline has been extended to July 31st.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA) recognizes the significant contributions of individual volunteers, non-profit organizations and businesses across the country in helping communities. 

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Upcoming Courses

Please note:  This a partial listing of courses that are being offered in the next few months. 

Click here for planned courses summer season of 2019. or see the full list of courses available for registration here. 

Please check weekly as we add new courses, on a regular basis. (class dates and locations subject to change, please see listing below for confirmation)

Please call Dan at 1-877-285-3421 or dan@rfabc.com for more info

Train the Trainer ( Recreational Ice skating Instructor course)

*This course is to certify people wanting to Train new instructors

Surrey  -  June 22/23 (Cancelled)


Comox - July 29/30 (NEW)  60% FULL

Victoria - August 10/11 (NEW)

Surrey - August 19 - 22 (NEW) 4 hrs/day


Fort St. John - July 28th SOLD OUT

Revelstoke - August 23rd (NEW)

ICE FACILITY OPERATOR (week 1 of 3 week RO)

New Westminster - September 9-13 

More courses to be added ...stay tuned.


REFRIGERATION OPERATOR (Formerly 5th class Refrigeration)(week 2 and 3 RO)

Fort St John - July 22 - August 2   SOLD OUT

Delta -  November 18-29  (NEW)


Victoria - September 14/15 (NEW)

Coquitlam - September 17/18 (NEW MID-WEEK)

Campbell River - November 4/5 (NEW)


Campbell River - November 6/7 (NEW)


Surrey - September 13/14 (NEW)


This course is offered on a limited basis.

ARENA ICE MAKER (New format/course material)

 Victoria  - July 30/31 (NEW) 

Trail - July 25,26 (Special guest Instructor)

CHLORINE SAFE HANDLING FOR POOLS  (Formerly delivered through BCMSA)

This new one day course has been redesigned for public pools

Coquitlam - August 25th (NEW)

We are currently taking bookings. For more information contact Dan 
1-877-285-3421 or dan@rfabc.com

To register, click on the COURSES tab on the right side of the home page or here.


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