MSABC President’s Final Message


During my past 4 years as President, I have often heard the question – ‘What does MSABC do for me & my club?’. Well, you can check out our general guidelines on the MSABC web site but, in a nutshell, if it had not been for all the dedication & hard work by former MSABC Boards up to and including it’s current Board, masters swimming in this province would not be the robust association it is today.

For our competitive swimmers, we provide sanctioning for over half a dozen swim meets throughout the year along with our annual MSABC Provincial Swimming Championships held at the end of April.

For our open water members, 3 years ago we introduced our now annual MSABC Open Water Championships held at the end of July.

We celebrate our membership by handing out a number of awards at our Provincials Awards Banquet honouring those individuals whether it be for their accomplishments in the pool or for their stewardship & leadership out of the pool – all of which speaks highly of our diverse membership!

We brought MSABC into the 21st Century by creating our ‘MSABC Blog’- a reincarnation of our old ‘Bulletin’ – but now with up-to-the-minute articles that help keep you abreast of what’s happening around the Province. We also created a Facebook page for those so inclined. Both the ‘Blog’ and the FB page can be accessed by way of the MSABC web site (upper right hand corner).

The meets, our Championships, our awards, the ‘Blog’ & FB page are all meant to keep our membership ‘in touch’ with one another because I see MSABC as a ‘one-big-extended-family’! And, in order to keep this ‘family’ happy & healthy, we need a Board that is active, capable, robust & energetic.

It was not until I became a member of the Board that I realized what an important (though often time ‘invisible’) role it plays in every club’s existence. I encourage those who want to help make a difference to give some thought to putting your names forward at our upcoming AGM to be held during the MSABC Provincial Swimming Championships in Nanaimo.

As with every year, a number of Board members are stepping aside and this year we especially need members with an IT background! Positions to the Board are 2-year terms with alternating positions being offered each year so as to maintain stability. Here are the position that will be up for election this year:

  • President – 2 year term
  • VP – 1 year term *
  • Treasurer – 1 year term *
  • Secretary – 2 year term
  • Registrar – 2 year term
  • Director at Large – 2 year term
  • Director at Large – 2 year term

* these are positions for which the 2nd year of the term still needs to be completed.

Thank you for giving me the honour of leading this Association these past 4 years and I look forward to seeing a good turn out at this year’s AGM and the election of another strong MSABC Board of Directors!

Thank you!

Gilles Beaudin
President MSABC

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