Our grassroots group was first organized as a Steering Group under the name Gabriola Anchor Rage. In September of 2015 we incorporated as a Society under the name Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages Society (GAFA). The GAFA Society are a group of volunteers committed to one common objective – to stop the designation of anchorages off Gabriola’s shoreline. The following provides a short biography of our Board of Directors.
Peter Audretsch is a retired geologist having worked in the oil patch for over 33 years. Peter and his wife have owned property on Gabriola since 2003 and built their forever home there in 2013. Since retirement they are still part time residents and spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors, gardening, sailing, kayaking and walking. Peter has been actively involved with GAFA since 2016.
Oliver Bussler is retired after a career working on environmental issues for a variety of different energy companies in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Oliver now spends his days learning Spanish and volunteering at both the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department and the Gabriola Island Recycling Organization. Oliver and his wife have been property owners on Gabriola Island since 2013 and moved here permanently in 2016.
Debbie Cook is an educator who has been working internationally and locally for the past thirty years. Gabriola has been a summer respite for Debbie and her family since 2002. In 2014 it became a full-time home. Debbie wants to ensure that future generations are able to live with and learn from the unique and fragile ecosystem that Gabriola embodies.
Frank Eberdt is a long-time resident of Gabriola. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He retired to Gabriola after a hectic career as a senior executive in the telecommunications industry. His passion is photography and is one of a dwindling number still practicing the art of darkroom film photography.
Helen Lansdowne has lived on Gabriola for six years but has been a visitor to the island all her life. Helen teaches college students at Camosun College, works at a research Centre at the University of Victoria, is an active gardener, lover of nature and recent grandmother.