The driving force of Fishing Forever in B.C. has been Al Springer.
A tireless promoter of the program, Al has been instrumental in making it the success it is today, helping organize Fishing Forever events across the province and bringing joy to countless participants – both those with disabilities and those who learn about and enjoy the program by helping others
Fishing Forever wants to help spread the message, within the community of people with disabilities, that you can still get out and enjoy the natural offerings around you. Though it may require some help you didn't need before, it can be done if you want it and are willing to try. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
It's the project's intent to use cash funding for education, promotions and project startup, not for ongoing annual funding of events. Additional corporate or industrial sponsors will be sought to provide such assistance as might be needed. For example; retail food outlets may wish to become involved in providing the groceries for club outing's, thus taking that financial load off of the local club in return for promotion. Similarly, equipment and tackle companies could be approached for assistance in cash or kind. There are also a number of philanthropic organizations interested in bettering the lives of people with disabilities or in promoting the responsible use of our natural outdoor resources. They can and will be approached as project funding requires.
Everyone wins when this is done correctly: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities.
Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide all of this positive outcome.
If you're interested in Fishing Forever, please contact:
Al Springer, Peachland
BCWF’s Fishing Forever program is gearing up for the 2016 season!
See below for a 2016 Fishing Forever events in your area!
On Saturday, July 23rd, more than 40 disabled persons and seniors joined Fishing Forever's Peachland event. If you include volunteers, club members, health care workers and family and friends of participants, more than 100 people took part.
Lots of fish were caught, trophies and prizes were awarded and lunch was provided for everyone at the BBQ that followed and every disabled person received a shirt, hat, and gift bag from the club.
A special thank you goes out to the local IGA for supplying the food for the BBQ and the Lions Club for their help. Of course, the great event was only made possible through massive volunteer work by the Peachland Sportsmen's Association.
For more on Peachland's Fishing Forever event, read this Blog by Judie Steeves.
The BCWF wants to help spread the message that if you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy nature. Though it may require some help you didn't need before, it can be done if you want it and are willing to try. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
Everyone wins: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities. Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide positive outcomes. The picture tells the story!