from the archives, 2012

Gabriola Island Squadron at the VIND Share Day Meeting, January 15 (DB)

Cec Ashley, Bob Weenk, Ralph Hagen and Don Butt presenting the awesome Gabriola success story to VIND (DB)

Cdr Cec Ashley receiving the Mike Cartlidge Memorial Membership Award for 2011, from VIND Membership Officer, P/D/C Art Rendell. (DB)

Cec Ashley receiving the Squadron Challenge Award for 2011 from D/C Clifford Miller (DB)

Boating Class, Winter 2012 (DB)

Winter Social, February 11, 2012

Ralph Hagen presenting the story of the importance of the Union Steamship Company of British Columbia to life on the coast. (DB)

Our Squadron Pennant


It is now official. We have our Squadron pennant. Commander Cec presents pennant #1 to Don Butt, the pennant designer, at the Bridge meeting on April 4, 2012. Originally it was designed to graphically represent two elements - our connection with CPS-ECP, and the Entrance Island light, so close to Gabriola Island. The blue stripes relate to those in the CPS-ECP flag, and the light in the lighthouse is the maple leaf in the CPS-ECP flag. The light's rays spreading out over the water are meant to represent the source of knowledge in boating skills instructed in our courses. The pennant was designed to appear identical when viewed from either side. (IW)

Squadron AGM, April 21, 2012


Cec and District Commander Clifford Miller enjoying a small joke. (DB)

Rudy Bohm Memorial Award presented by Cdr Cec and Frida Bohm to Siggi and Hans Andrun for exemplary boating activity with assisting boats in need of help last summer. (DB)

WIndchime Award, donated by former Squadron Commander, Hugh Sproule for outstanding contribution to instructing, presented by Commander Cec to Digby Jones. (DB)

Past Commander Award presented to P/Cdr Cec Ashley by Cdr Ian Waymark. (DB)











Madeleine Ani received the Arthur J. Neilsen Award for the highest mark in the 2011-12 Boating courses.

Flare and Fire Extinguisher Demonstration, No. 1 Firehall, April 26


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Gabriola Island Squadron Wins Awards at the VIND AGM, May 12, 2012


District Commander Clifford Miller presenting the Sharon Whipper Award, awarded annually recognizing the VIND/CPS Volunteer of the Year, to Past Commander Cecil Ashley. (DB)

Past District Command Sheila Boutcher presenting the Squadron Challenge Award, awarded to the VIND squadron attaining the highest marks in the Squadron Challenge to Commander Ian Waymark. (DB)

Bridge Barbecue, May 27, 2012


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Left: Li'l Gabe, Ian Waymark and Bob Wood presenting PHC with almost 200 pounds of non-perishable food donated by members at the SBYC Sailpast and the GIS Bridge BBQ. (DB)

Ocean's Day, June 3, 2012


Commander Ian and Safety Officer Bob Wood at Descanso Bay on Ocean's Day (CA)

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Rope Splicing Workshop, June 7, 2012


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Graduation Cruise, June 9, 2012


Cruisin' Silva Bay Pub turned out to be a great alternative to fighting 20-knot NW winds off Duke Point. (DB)

VIND Rendezvous, July 27-29 at Page's Marina, Gabriola Island. About 50 people gathered for fun, games, great food, and camaraderie. And the sky cooperated with bright sun above the welcome shade of the apple trees. Burgers with a delicious variety of trimmings, and Sunday pancake breakfast with Ian Waymark's famous blueberry pancakes drenched in REAL maple syrup! An appropriate sailpast ended the event honouring D/C Clifford Miller.

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Festival of Lights, July 31 - August 2 It was Brazil's turn on Wednesday August 1 in English Bay, Vancouver, BC. Our Gabriola Power & Sail Squadron arranged for a cruise to Vancouver for the event. Well, it was spectacular!

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Boating Class, fall 2012


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Seamanship Class, 2012 - 13


Squadron Training Officer Ralph Hagen with four out of the five students taking the course. (DB)

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Degnen Bay, Sept. 15

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Fall Social: Dreamspeaker's Broughton Adventures Gabriola Power & Sail Squadron invited all SBYC members to their Members Night on Oct. 13. at the Silva Bay Marina restaurant at 7:30 with dinner commencing at 5:30 for those who wished to join in for a meal in addition to the presentation.

The guest speakers were Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones, authors of the Dreamspeaker books. They presented their latest book on the Broughtons.

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Gabriola at the CPS National Conference, Edmonton, Oct. 2012


There are three annual CPS-ECP National awards for best (non-portal) Squadron website. Gabriola Island won the First Prize for best website. Ian Waymark accepts the award on behalf of the Squadron. (DB)

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Gabriola Island Squadron won the CPS-ECP National Environment Award at the National Conference in Edmonton. This is a real honour and recognition of the leadership of our Environment Officer, Madeleine Ani and that of our former EnO, Mike Richards, but also for all those in the Squadron who pitch in to help with the beach cleanups. Cdr Ian Waymark is shown accepting the award from National Exec Officer, Joe Gatfield, and with D/C Clifford Miller. Congrats to all. (DB)

Remembrance Day, 2012









On behalf of the Squadron, Cec Ashley and Ian Waymark lay a wreath at the Gabriola Island Memorial Cairn.

. Digby Jones, March 15, 1927 - Nov. 2, 2012

There are gentlemen and there are gentle men. Digby was a gentle man.

I have known Digby, through his involvement with Gabriola Island Power & Sail Squadron, for about 10 years. I can easily remember his commanding but gentle voice, the smile on his face and the twinkle in his eye as he said "Its left over right and right over left, there, you've got it, a perfect reef knot. Let me check that off".

I told Digby, last year. "You are the anchor in the class. You stand there with a rope around your shoulders, a note book in your hand and the students just want to satisfy you and complete their knots."

You marked homework, you wrote comments and you gave encouragement to each student to do their best.

You were present at every Squadron function from teaching boating class students to cleaning up the shoreline.

I was told by one lady "There are perfect men in this world, but Digby was just a bit more perfect."

The last time I saw Digby he was very tired. He gave me a brief salute and said, "set your course, stay on track". He always had the Squadron at heart.

Digby, you have hauled the anchor, set your course and set sail. Bon Voyage.

Ian Waymark
Commander, Gabriola Island Squadron


A lovely service was held on Saturday, November 17, 1300 hours (1 p.m.) at the Gabriola United Church / St. Martin's Anglican Church. A celebration of Digby's life, and what a celebration it was, followed at 1500 hours at the Silva Bay Pub.




Archives 2012 Photos, Cecil Ashley (CA), Don Butt (DB), Ian Waymark (IW).