The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS) is a non-profit organization, formed in 1983 and registered with Revenue Canada as a charity since 1985. Since its inception, the society has been a catalyst in creating awareness about disability issues and has provided support to wheelchair basketball programs throughout British Columbia. Our programs are offered to people who have physical disabilities and people who do not, and to all age groups, from eight-year-olds to seniors. Wheelchair basketball is for anyone who wishes to participate.
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On May 19th, 1983 the Greater Vancouver Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS) was incorporated under the Society Act of BC. The society later changed its name to the Maple Leaf Wheelchair Basketball Society and lastly to the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society in 1997. This represented an important step in the development of wheelchair basketball in BC as the society embraced a provincial focus to its program delivery and leadership.
The first directors and founders of the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society were Stanley Noble Stronge, William Lynes, Wayne Moser, Rick Hansen, Norah Fladgate and Peter Colistro. These directors had great vision and insight for the development of wheelchair basketball in BC. Previous to the existence of BCWBS, wheelchair basketball was managed by the BC Wheelchair Sports Association, of which BCWBS is still a member sport. The Society is managed by two staff members, supported by trained coaches, and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.