2020 Annual General Meeting – List of Directors and Officers

The Association held its 2020 Annual General Meeting on the 26th February 2020 where the below members were appointed to the board:


PRESIDENT:  Richard Thompson

VICE PRES:     Doug McMillan

TREASURER: Lynne Bonnell

SECRETARY: Rion Porteous


Graham Alexander

Bill Bell

Dan Hildebrant

Brian Lea

Bob Patterson

Peter Ronning

Rodney Wiebe

Call for nominations – AGM 2018

Hi Folks,

We’re getting really close to Board elections at the AGM on March 29th 2018. This is your last chance to raise your hand and help shape the future of our association.

I’m looking for an,



This position is expected to be greatly simplified as our current treasurer is having conversation with our accountants for a data entry person who will look after financial obligations and prepare financial statements.


Some great folks have stuck their hand up for one of these four positions. This could be your chance to front your opinions. If you are interested call or write.

Being a board member requires a two-year commitment-but we’re bendable.


This person is usually chosen by other members of the executive but is open to any member to nominate an executive. Please reply to me in less than 150 words why you nominated this person.


This person, among all our membership can receive the coveted trophy as Member of the Year. Again please send you nomination to me replying with 150 words or less why you feel this person deserves recognition for outstanding service.


We have the ability to award special recognition to a person or organisation that has helped with the aims of PQFG or enhanced our reputation. Again the 150 words or less would be appreciated.

Please direct your replies to me at;

mailto:    qbstarz@shaw.ca

Or telephone at 250-752-6846

Thank you for helping me do my job


Rick Starling

Nominations Chair


Member Update – 01/29/2018 A Message from your President

To     All Members

Date  January 26, 2018

From Richard Thompson, President PQFG

Annual Banquet

I have the job of announcing that the Annual PQF&G Fund Raising banquet has been postponed indefinitely.

The Board and Banquet Committee have been unable to fill several vital spots in the organizational structure.  This was due to several key members being out of town at Banquet time and the inability to find members to fill the leadership positions needed for the event to succeed.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who supported the event by attending faithfully each year.

Also, thanks to those people that did all of the little jobs that really made the Banquet a success, whether selling 50-50 tickets, setting up tables or the myriad of other small but essential jobs.

The end result is that our finances will take a hit of approximately $17 000.  Your Board will be looking at cost saving measures and consider utilizing funds accumulated from past financial periods.

It may be time we looked at other sources of revenue and your Board will be doing so.


The Board has moved the date of the Annual General Meeting until March 29th, 15 months after the last meeting.

The Meeting will deal with budgets, elections and reports from various group within the organization and other items required by the Societies Act.

Richard Thompson, President PQFG


Fishing Forever – Submitted by John D


          Under a beautiful, blue, cloudless sky this year’s event heralded the ninth year at the Coombs Campground Pond stocked with 50 lovely Rainbow trout raised at the Vancouver Island University rearing station.

Seventy eight residents of the local Care Homes and their Care Givers enjoyed the picnic-like atmosphere whether they fished or not.  The Derby began just after 10 a.m. and it looked like the fish weren’t interested in the juicy worms offered them.  But soon after they decided to cooperate and began their tug-of-war with the fishers.  Although the numbers nabbed fell far short of last year’s numbers the ones landed were of appreciable size weighing anywhere from a pound to a pound and a half.  Nonetheless, judging from the enthusiastic response from some of  the Care Givers it was evident that this event is a worthwhile community affair and hopefully will prevail for many years.

Quality Foods, as usual, provided the bagged lunches.  Spunky’s Motorcycle Shop was generous in letting us use their new tents that didn’t require a Longshoremen’s Crew to erect the tents as we did with the former cumbersome Pavilion.  Coombs Old Time Fiddlers entertained with their toe-tapping music.  The many volunteers who make this event possible have to be given a big thank you, as well as the Care Givers who are constantly assisting their charges as needed.

One huge difference compared to past years is that we beat the annual Cottonwood “snow fall” that fouls the fishing lines but still had a bit of a nuisance with a slimy growth that isn’t quite as bad as cottonwood fluff.

We also initiated a Brian Borrett Memorial Trophy for the Care Home gang who caught the most fish.  Brian was the sole Coordinator of this important event for about 10 years before his passing last year.  Trillium Lodge won the trophy and one would think they won the lotto as they shouted their joy.  They will enjoy it for one year, but also received a keeper trophy that will remain in their possession in perpetuity.

A Parksville Qualicum News reporter/photographer was clearly enthralled with the proceedings as she spent a lot of time interviewing and photographing some of the participants.

It was a time to meet and enjoy some of the old timers that came out for the day to renew long time friendships over a coffee.


Submitted by John Domovich – May 2017



Fishing Forever – May 26th Coombs Campground

                                      Fishing Forever

Fishing Forever began in 1989 after a broadcast journalist, Walt Liimatainnen was diagnosed with a debilitating disease.  He wanted to continue enjoying the great outdoors as he had for many years and wanted others to have the same opportunity.

Other clubs had preceded Fishing Forever by having events for the blind.

Over 20 years ago Pete Roberts, a long time member and possibly our elder statesman of the club, was the coordinator and the event took place at the French Creek Marina.  The club enlisted sports fishers who donated their craft and time to take the handicapped, (including the blind) for a day’s fishing in the waters off French Creek.  At the time there were many large salmon caught.  One resident of Trillium Lodge, Winni LaMarsh who was 93 years old at the time, hauled in two large salmon.

As time went on it became increasingly expensive for the boat owners and it was becoming difficult to load some wheelchair bound participants and it was decided to change the venue to a local lake.  This is where our former coordinator, Brian Borrett, came into the picture and held the first event at Spider Lake.  The lake wasn’t very friendly to those lining the shore and casting for either trout or bass.  Dan Siminiuk was able to land a few small bass but others were unsuccessful.  Brian then moved the event to the Coombs Campground which had a large fishing pond for camping guests.  He was able to arrange the event at the campground by having the pond stocked with trout raised at the Vancouver Island University facilities.

The event continued to be a great success and the club received accolades from the care givers and their charges every year.  In fact we were told that it is one of the high lights of the year for the residents.

After the 2015 Fishing Forever took place Brian suffered a stroke and subsequently became a resident of a Care Home in Victoria.  Unfortunately, he passed away last year.

Not wanting to see this important event end, Len Fong approached a number of members who were willing to take on the derby.

You may wonder why it took three coordinators to replace Brian but Brian told us he began preparations for the event in January!  We soon found out why he began so early because it entails quite a bit of arranging and the logistics to make the event a success takes time.

We hope to see our perennial volunteers attend the Care Home Fishing Derby on Friday, May 26th and we are praying for a nice, sunny day.

Len Fong

Gord Gebhardt

John Domovich



Summer Picnic – July 8th 2017


Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game

Dorman Range, July 8th/ 2017

We are getting ready to arrange our annual club picnic that will be help on Saturday, July 8th at the Dorman range.

This is a great event with attendance from all sections of the club.  We have great sponsors and volunteers.  All members need is to bring a “pot luck” item.  We supply the meat and beverages.

For this to work, we require a coordinator.  This is someone who can pull the pieces together and make sure we have everything done before hand.  We can supply the expertise, you the leadership.

Without someone to take this on, we may need to look at whether we can run such an event and produce something members will be proud off.

If you are willing to take this on or just want more information on what you would need to do, give me a call at 604 880 3393 or email at rt50@shaw.ca  We would need someone to step forward by the end of May/beginning of June or we will be forced to cancel it.


Richard Thompson

PQFG President

Kids Camp – Update

Kid’s Camp

It’s time for the annual Kid’s Camp registration in preparation for the camp.

This year the camp is again being held at the Courtenay Fish and Game site on Comox Lake.

The dates are July  17th to 20. Ages are 10 – 14.

This is a free event.  You supply the sleeping bag and personal items, we supply everything else.

What happens at camp?  Under the supervision of experienced club members, youth will do hiking, fly tying and fishing in the lake, archery, hand gun, shot gun and long gun under one on one supervision and an old fashion swim in the lake.  We even throw in a DVD movie night and story telling.

For more information contact Larry Blair at wlblair@bcsupernet.com.  Larry can pass on any further information and will be receiving all applications.  Cutoff date is May 31, 2017.

I can also be contacted at rt50@shaw.ca and 604 880 3393.

Enjoy the outdoors..

Richard Thompson

President, PQFG