Our Mission

Our mission is to create safe places for free flight pilots to launch and land. To encourage education, training and community support to nurture novice pilots into master pilots. To develop sustainable environmental improvements in the communities where we live, work and play. We believe passionately in travel, good food, great friends, long talks, broadened horizons and the spirit of adventure.

(We are also 100% positive the world would be a better place if everyone spent a bit of time flying like a bird)

Our Values

Passion: We pour passion into our community and into our flying, because when we do we create more value for the people in our community. Passion breeds, happiness, enthusiasm, positive thinking and teamwork.
Service: We believe in servant leadership. We have succeeded as an organization because we have acted in service to each other and the communities we operate in. We offer help when needed and do the work others are unwilling to do.

 

The Team aka Board of Directors

James E

President
James Elliot
president@westcoastsoaringclub.com

James’ lifelong passion for aviation lead him to paragliding 9 years ago and he’s now an avid xc and hike & fly pilot. More importantly, he’s enthusiastic about growing our sport and volunteering within the free flight community.

Tony

Secretary
Tony Evans
secretary@westcoastsoaringclub.com

Tony discovered paragliding in 2012 while vacationing in South America. A single tandem flight convinced him to change the itinerary and attend a P2 course in the mountains of Ecuador. He has flown at many international sites for fun and also as a competition pilot. In 2019 he attained his instructor rating and on most days you can find him on launch helping P2 students realize their dream.

James R

Treasurer
James Rogers
treasurer@westcoastsoaringclub.com

After a memorable tandem flight in Zermatt, James took up Paragliding (what an incredible and addictive sport!!) in the fall of 2018 to add a less physically demanding sport to his quiver of hiking, biking, skiing, mountaineering and kitesurfing – No better way to meet fellow pilots and learn how to fly safely, than to help out the free flight community with his financial skills as Treasurer of WCSC!

Ali

Director (Engagement)
Alison Harwood
events@westcoastsoaringclub.com

The magic of paragliding blew Ali away in 1995, during a tandem flight in Jackson Hole. But it wouldn’t be until 2014 that she would actually learn to fly. She’s been learning slow and steady since then, and has her sights set on more cross country. And maybe her P3.

Pedro

Director (Fraser Valley Membership)
Pedro Pedersen
member@westcoastsoaringclub.com

Pedro started flying hang gliders in 1985. He loves the free flying community spirit and since early in his flying days, he understood that the best way to grow the sport, and at the same time make it safe and enjoyable is by supporting each other in the community. He believes that mentoring is key to building skills for a long safe free flying career, volunteering with WCSC is a fun and effective way of achieving this.

Dave

Director (Pemberton Membership)
Dave Achtemichuk
pemberton@westcoastsoaringclub.com

Dave has been flying since 2014 and has not traveled internationally without a paraglider in tow since. He has lived in Pemberton since 2016. He enjoys the fun and challenge of comps but his bigger passion is chasing XC goals.

Volunteer Chairs

Webmaster
Pedro Pedersen
webmaster@westcoastsoaringclub.com

Sites (Fraser Valley)
Sam Waddington

Membership (Grouse Mt.)
Tal Wolf

Sites (Grouse Mt.)
Bill Nikolai

Sites (Metro Vancouver)
Dion Vuk

Sites (Pemberton)
Janet Roddan

Comps
Tom Dupree

AGMs & Bylaws

The West Coast Soaring Club is registered as a Not-for-Profit Society in British Columbia. We’re beholden to the BC Societies Act. As such, we hold annual general meetings once a year – usually around November/December when there’s no decent flying!

The AGM is a chance to gather and reminisce. It’s also an opportunity for the directors to report on the state of the club: finances, what the club did through the year, reports on membership, flying sites, events, and more.

It’s also our chance to adjust our bylaws to keep them relevant, up-to-date, and make sure they’re set up to keep the club in great health. The bylaws are not written in stone, and the AGM is the [only] time and place to modify them.

Throughout the year, if members feel that the bylaws can be made better, please talk to us. We will have an open discussion, which may result in proposing ammendments to the bylaws for everyone to vote on at the AGM.

Proposed bylaw changes need to be thoughtfully explored, and carefully written well in advance of the AGM. Legally, any proposed ammendments need to be included in the notice of the AGM (minimum 14 days prior to a meeting being called). So, don’t wait until the AGM to point out deficiencies! Bring them to us in advance so we can craft the changes into ammendments that can be voted on.

Bylaws
West Coast Soaring Club Bylaws – (as at October 2021)
2021 AGM Documents

Here are the links to the 2021 AGM documents. Please note that the Financials will be linked to the forum, where you need to sign in. If you have any problems signing into the forum, contact webmaster@westcoastsoaringclub.com.

*Please note: the financials are only available to current WCSC Members. You will need to login to the forum to access the financial documents. If you are having problems logging in, contact Pedro at webmaster@westcoastsoaringclub.com.

2020 AGM Documents

Here are the links to the 2020 AGM documents. Please note that the Financials are linked to the forum, where you need to sign in.

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Our mission is to create safe places for free flight pilots to launch and land. To encourage education, training and community support to nurture novice pilots into master pilots. To develop sustainable environmental improvements in the communities where we live, work and play. We believe passionately in travel, good food, great friends, long talks, broadened horizons and the spirit of adventure.