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Our Harris FloteBote 20 is named in memory of Terry Bayley, our Executive Director, who passed away in January 2020.
Terry was involved with many volunteer organizations before being recruited in 2009 as a volunteer captain with CharterAbility. In 2015, Terry became CharterAbility’s Executive Director and also carried out the duties of Director, Treasurer, Secretary and Advisor to the charity until declining health forced him, reluctantly, to step down from his various roles in late 2018. A measure of Terry's commitment is that his position is now filled by three people.
Terry was the driving force in CharterAbility acquiring its own pontoon boats. For the first 11 years we had leased boats from individuals within the community and also friends of CharterAbility. CharterAbility is now the proud owner of two brand new Harris pontoon boats.
Terry was often seen driving the CharterAbility boat on Sixteen Mile Creek. Like Stephen, he firmly believed in bringing accessible boating to ALL individuals from Oakville and the surrounding communities. Terry considered his time with CharterAbility as one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of his life. Terry is sadly missed by his family and the many friends and patrons of CharterAbility.
Our Harris FloteBote 21 is named after Jeffrey Sloan, (affectionately known as Sloaner or Sloany), an original super volunteer from the beginning of CharterAbility. A long-time friend of Stephen Cull, Jeff was always willing to do whatever was needed on our boats and around the dock to help get individuals out on the water. He was also a crucial team member when it came to setting up and tearing down at our many outdoor fundraisers.
Stephen likes to tell the story about when he called Jeffrey at the last minute to captain a ride on the river. Sloaner commented that he was at work but would be there in about 20 minutes. Stephen told him not to worry and that he would make arrangements with another captain, as he knew Jeff worked in downtown Toronto. Jeff said no he would be there and made the trip to Oakville in record time, captained the ride, and then promptly went back to work!
Sloaner was known as Captain Fantastic for being there for CharterAbility when needed. He is greatly missed.