The history and origin of the Eastern Bird Breeders Association, the EBBA goes back to 1974.
The founding members of this fledgling avian organization, wanted to pursue and enjoy their avocation with others, who shared the same enthusiasm and passion for birds and bird breeding.
Charter members came from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
Some of the first members were Don Payne, Reg Damais, Norm Johnston , Jim Richard, Gerry Strik, Willard McCormick, Bill Huton and Bill Larocque.
The association soon recognized the need to formulate their mission and in 1977 director Jerry Smith drafted constitution for the EBBA. The first bylaws were approved by the directors at a General meeting on November 20, 1977
Some significant milestones during the first years of existence of the club were the election of the first slate of officers in 1978, the first year book in 1978, the first bird show in 1978, the first financial crisis 1979 and the purchase of the first copier to print the bulletin in 1980.
Past President Marcel Lafrance published a list of "main events of the past twenty years in the November 1994 bulletin. It presented a bird’s eye view of a very strong and growing organization from 1974 until 1994.
The club has always had men and women of vision. They recognized the need for sound leadership and constant communication. The bond of friendship and goodwill is obvious to anyone who has ever attended a regular meeting or a special function.
It would be difficult to keep track of the countless hours, given to the club by past and present presidents, treasurers, vice presidents, secretaries, directors, sales-chairpersons and members.
Members of the EBBA have supported each other in good times and bad.
Club and personal disasters and mishaps are freely discussed at the meetings or in the bulletin. Honest opinions are welcomed and as a result the club grows and flourishes in a healthy financial and cultural atmosphere.
EBBA is entering the 21st century, supporting renewed interest in bird breeding and all the facets of raising poultry. Spring and Fall Auctions provide an opportunity for Club members to sell their birds and provide access for general public to purchase good quality birds, some of which are imported from outside of the EBBA area to enlarge genetic base and introduce varieties not available locally.
The executive is dedicated and the members are loyal. The Club has found a recipe for success, thus ensuring its future and fulfillment of its premise.
Don Pyne 1976 - 1977
Reg Dumais 1977 - 1979
Gerry Strik 1979 - 1981
Marcel Lafrance 1981 - 1983
George Winters 1983 - 1983
Doug Whyte 1983 - 1984
Marcel Lafrance 1984 - 1984
Elsie Doolan 1984 - 1985
John Van de Ven 1985 - 1987
Tony Byvelds 1987 - 1993
Marcel Lafrance 1993 - 1995
Ron Brodeur 1995 - 1999
Gerry Oleynik 1999 - 2001
Valerie Aaron 2001 - 2003
Ron Brodeur 2003 - 2005
John Van de Ven 2005 - 2007
Ron Brodeur 2007 - 2010
Marcel Lafrance 2010 - 2014
Lee Carruthers 2014 – 2016
Marcel Lafrance 2016 - 2019
George Hunter 2019 - Present
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