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 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.
Chris Straw is retired after a 29 year career in Radio Broadcasting. He currently spends his time as an amateur photographer and mixed media artist and is an active community volunteer. Chris and his wife have been property owners on Gabriola Island for 15 years and have been island residents for nearly 10 years.
Janet has lived in British Columbia for forty years, emigrating from England. She is a retired Occupational Therapist having worked in Vancouver in Rehabilitation and Community Health fields. Janet and husband Walter are retired and for the last 5 years are happy and proud to call Gabriola Island their home. She is a keen sailor, traveller and an avid gardener. She has coordinated the South Community Gardens on Gabriola for the past 3 years and is also involved with GROWLS (Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society). She is deeply concerned about environmental issues, especially the impact of inevitable oil spill and pollutants to our coast line and sea life if commercial vessels are allowed to anchor off Gabriola Island’s shores
Prior to moving to Gabriola Island, Pam worked in health care in Canada and the United States. Pam retired in 2008 and lives on Gabriola Island full time with her husband Ted. Both Ted and Pam are passionate about the beauty, tranquility and unique marine and shoreline ecosystems that are the heart of the Gulf Island experience including Gabriola Island. And are committed to helping to preserve and protect these precious ecosystems and natural beauty for all to enjoy now and in the future.