History of the CTGA of BC

Prepared by Shirley Hartwell - President 2009 and Co-founder

1981 March 17th - the first meeting to try and start a Tour Guide Association
1982 After many meetings within the small group trying to get it going, it folded
1989

April 25th - first meeting and Board of Directors formed

August - official certificate from BC Societies Act

October 2nd - first information meeting for potential members - 40 in attendance

Established monthly member meetings, had 17 Directors meetings

1990 November 15th - first ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
1991 First guidelines newsletter/38 members
1992 Worked with Pacific Rim Institute of Tourism, to create National Standards for the Tour Guide Certification Process
1993

The first 7 CERTIFIED Tour Guides in BC receive recognition

The CTGA of BC Constitution and BI-Laws are re-written

1994 Membership grows
1995 Membership grows more
1996 Membership has reached an all-time high
1997

Official CERTIFICATION standards put in place nationally

The KEY FACTS booklet was written by volunteer guides jointly with PRITT, to test local knowledge

Joined the WORLD FEDERATION OF TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATIONS - they held their convention in Montreal followed by a visit to the Rockies and Vancouver

We celebrated INTERNATIONAL TOURIST GUIDE DAY Feb.21st!!! for the first time

1998

Changed our name to Canadian Tourist Guide Association of BC

Created a Members List and Availability Roster

1999 Celebrated our 10th anniversary at the Landmark Hotel
2000 Board members start using computer for the Membership List (now approx. 100)
2001 January we launched our website
2003 Changed our name back to the Canadian Tour Guide Association of BC
2006 Certified Tour Guides to date - 27
2007 Designed MEMBERS ONLY SITE (jobs/lounge/certification)
2008

Designed a NEW BROCHURE about CTGA of BC

Updated and reprinted the KEY FACTS BOOKLET (for local knowledge testing which is part of Certification)

Started monthly board reports to members (approx. 150)

2009 CELEBRATED OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A REUNION PARTY AT THE MARRIOTT PINNACLE HOTEL - MARCH 19TH!!!

CTGA of BC Board Member History

1989 - 1990

Ms. Gerry Callaghan - President
Shirley Hartwell - Vice-President
George Bell, Greg Scott, Roxanne Ang, Pat Kramer

1991

Ms. Gerry Callaghan - President (resigned & moved away in February)
George Bell - Vice-President (Acting President Feb.-Dec.)
Trish Alsop, Donna Patterson, Arja Surakka, Sharon Givens

1992

George Bell - President
Trish Alsop - Vice-President
Donna Patterson, Karina Horath, Scott Mason, Willem Liekens, Jeff Veniot

1993

George Bell - President
Trish Alsop - Vice-President
Donna Patterson, Karina Horath, Scott Mason, Jeff Veniot, David Asselin

1994

Jeff Veniot - President
Trish Alsop - Vice-President
Donna Patterson, David Asselin, Gordon Gibbs, Judy Wallace

1995

Jeff Veniot - President
Donna Patterson - Vice-President
Gordon Gibbs, Bill Sampson, Jill Johncox, Doris Helgren

1996

Jeff Veniot - President
Jill Johncox - Vice-President
Bill Sampson, Scott Mason, Patrick Weitemeyer, Velma Ross

1997

Jeff Veniot - President
Patrick Weitemeyer - Vice-President
Bill Sampson, Velma Ross, Stephanie Roller, Brian Granville Alfred Esmeijer

1998

Jeff Veniot - President
Patrick Weitemeyer - Vice-President
Chuck Herron, dave Schick, Alfred Esmeijer, Brian Granville, Barbara Marshall

1999 (10th Anniversary Year)

Jeff Veniot - President
Patrick Weitemeyer - Vice-President
Chuck Herron, Dave Schick selena Eschinbach, Brian Granville, Margaret

2000

Jeff Veniot - President
Selina Eschinback - Vice President
Linda Conacher, Chuck Herron, Sue Arnot, Indu Lohia, Jillian Roberston

2001

Jeff Veniot - President
Chuck Herron - Vice-President
George Garicia, Ken Beresford, denise Petch, Judy Wallace

2002

Chuck Herron - President
Linda Conacher - Vice-President
George Garcia, Ken Beresford, Denise Petch, Judy Wallace

2003

George Garcia - President
Chuck Herron - Vice-President
Ken Beresford, Maria Necchi, Tersa Seow, Bonnie Stewart, Elisabether Poetscher

2004

Ken Beresford - President
Willem Lickens - Vice President
Jeff Veniot, Cheryl Sampson, Bonnie Stewart, Sharon Winter

2005

Ken Beresford - President
Teresa Seow - Vice-President
Jeff Veniot, Cheryl Sampson, Barry Sinclair, Ian Follis, Ursula Wienecke

2006

Ken Beresford - President
Ursula Wienecke - Vice-President
Jeff Veniot, Cheryl Sampson, Teresa Seow Brad Goessler, Stephen Brooks

2007

Cheryl Sampson - President
Teresa Seow - Vice-President
Linda Conacher, Tom Dreyer, Jeff Veniot, George Bell, Shirley Hartwell

2008

Shirley Hartwell- President
George Bell - Vice-President
Jeff Veniot, Tyler Davis, Sabine Arbukdle, Margaret Leonard, Barry Sinclair

2009

Shirley Hartwell - President
George Bell - Vice-President
Jeff Veniot, Tyler Davis, Sabine Arbuckle Margaret Leonard, Kathie Lewis

2010

Tyler Davis - President
Kathie Lewis - Vice-President
Jeff Veniot, Ted Cragg, Ursula Wienecke, Maicke Andersen, Taz Noor

2011

Tyler Davis - President
Taz Noor - Vice-President
Josh Bloomfield, Brad Goessler, Adina Scott, Glenn Hansen

2012

Cheryl Ornburn - President
Margaret Leonard - Vice-President
Sally Laird, Marlene Kumnick, Terry Noonan, Kathie Lewis, Nancy Fletcher