Our History

The Vancouver Branch of BCRTA was set up and granted a charter in July 1986. Our branch is 31 years old as of July 1, 2017. ‎The list of Presidents is given below, starting from the first President. Mr. Art Rempel, who recently died in September, 2020 at the magnificent age of 101 years. 

Presidents of the Vancouver Branch of the BCRTA

-as compiled by Denis Ottewell

The Vancouver Branch was granted its Charter in July 1986 but no record was kept of the names of the Presidents until minutes and newsletters were eventually produced. Denis Ottewell, secretary of VRTA association for many years, starting in 1998 (TBC), then did further research to produce this list. 

Number   

Years served   

Name

1

1986-88

Art Rempel

2

1988-90

Lou Grant

3

1990-92

Art Rempel

4 1992-94 Art Vallis

5

1994-98

Ollie Whitcutt

6

1998-2000

Doreen Young

7

2000-2002

Tom Brunker

8

2002-2006

Sheila Pither

9

2006-2008

Al Paterson

10

2008-2010

Patricia Wright

11

2010-2011

Merle Bennett

12

2011-2013

Carol Perdue

13

2013-2015

Barb Mikulec

14

2015-2017

Norma Westrom

15

2017-2019

Winola Chu

16  2019-2021

Anastasia Mirras