VOWSA Plans For Its Future

VOWSA Plans For Its Future

Courtesy of Craig Stewart, VOWSA, Vancouver, Canada.

VOWSA or the Vancouver Open Water Swimming Association is an open water swimming governing body that organizes and governs an open water swim series in Vancouver, Canada. VOWSA is a registered Society under the Society Act of the Province of British Columbia, dedicated to creating safe and enjoyable open water swim opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. It is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization.

VOWSA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on March 24th, 2021 via Zoom here.

The meeting is open and is educational and instructional on how to professionally run a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization. Only members may vote on any motions. A member is anyone who attended practice swim or swam in a race in 2019. This means that if you attended one swim practice, signed the waiver, and paid the drop-in fee, you are a VOWSA member.

To register for the meeting, visit here.

Craig Stewart, president of VOWSA, says, “We do not anticipate a ‘normal’ season given the pandemic and Provincial health guidelines, we invite nominations – including people nominating themselves – for the positions listed belowPlease email [email protected] with your interest and questions. Nominations will also be accepted during the AGM.” 

Executive Roles:

President: keep things running smoothly

Vice-President: help the president keep things running smoothly

Secretary: take meeting minutes and share with the committee

Treasurer: keep our finances in order 

Director Roles:

Permits: ensure we have our permits for practice swims and race events

Safety: ensure our practice swims and race events are safely run

Coordinator Roles: 

Social Media Coordinator: keep VOWSA visible on social media

Sponsorship Coordinator: secure and maintain relationships with our sponsors

Volunteer Coordinator: recruit, organize and supervise volunteers

Race Day Coordinators: organize Canada Day Challenge, Kits Challenge, or Bay Challenge

Social Coordinator: plan and organize get-togethers

Web Coordinator: keep VOWSA’s website working

Executive, Director and Coordinator positions are a commitment for one year, from AGM to AGM. Commitment is variable and season-dependent.

VOWSA benefits the Vancouver Lifeguard Association and British Columbia Special Olympics with a mission of creating safe and enjoyable open water swim experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

For more information, visit VOWSA here.

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