CSBCNewsletter - Spring 2012
As this newsletter goes to press, I have just returned from the International Boating and Water Safety Summit and National Safe Boating Council meetings in San Diego. The summit is a great learning and networking event and there was a healthy contingent of Canadians there.
As we head into the upcoming boating season, our thoughts are always focused on how the CSBC can help to make boating as enjoyable and safe as possible. We rely on a wide range of partners and dedicated volunteers to get the message out during North American Safe Boating Awareness Week, which runs from May 19 – 25 this year. Read the article in this newsletter, and see how you can get involved!
Rescue of the Year – The Hamilton Police Marine Unit of Hamilton, Ontario for the rescue of a group of student rowers during a sudden gale in April 2011 in Hamilton Harbour
Marine Professional of the Year – Colin Hiscock of Transport Canada in Lewisporte, Newfoundland for his role as an extreme marine safety advocate
Top Volunteer Dedicated to Safe Boating – Duff Dwyer of Midland, Ontario for his lifetime volunteer role in the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPSS)
Special Recognition – Marty Tannahill of the Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association in Toronto, Ontario who is revered for his expertise as a paddling instructor
Ontario Power Generation’s Best Boating Safety Initiative – The Lifesaving Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories for its Lifejacket Loaner Program
Safeguarding the Environment – Campion Marine of Kelowna, British Columbia for its Green products and procedures in sport boat manufacturing
Marine Industry – “RESCUE STREAMER” Distress Signal – invented by Dr. Robert Yonover of See/Rescue Corporation and distributed in Canada by TSL Response Technologies Ltd. in Caledon, Ontario
Visible Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Wear in Advertising – The Lifesaving Society of Quebec for its video promoting lifejacket /PFD wear by fishermen
Check out the full story here on each of these impressive award recipients.
Ted and Gordon at the Awards Banquet at SARscene 2011, with Géraldine Underdown, Executive Director National SAR Secretariat (NSS), and Anne-Marie Pelletier, Director, Policy and Programs, NSS
Their work has had a significant impact both in the first responder and boating safety communities and in the public, at home and around the world. Over 5000 DVDs distributed to a wide variety of agencies, organizations and individuals have been used to drive home the importance of prevention. The result? A solid shift in boaters’ attitudes about wearing lifejackets and a stronger awareness of how to improve cold water survivability. Click here to change your attitude.
Warmest congratulations, Ted and Gordon!
Given our position as a key national organization with a finger on the pulse of the recreational boating community, legislators have long relied on the CSBC to communicate important boating information to our members. This relationship has also allowed the Council the opportunity to share the concerns of our recreational boating world with government. It’s a conversation.
Transport Canada is updating its suite of Marine Safety Service Standards – including those on pleasure craft – and invites you to a conversation. Here’s your opportunity to voice your concerns, make your suggestions, and make a difference to pleasure craft licensing and operator competency. Comments, concerns, ideas are welcome until March 30th, so don’t wait to share yours by clicking on the link below.
We urge you to encourage fellow boating enthusiasts to share their ideas by sending them this website information.
SYMPOSIUM 2012 AND COLD WATER WORKSHOPS
It seems these annual get-togethers just keep getting better and better!And the 2012 CSBC Symposium - being held in historic and picturesque Gravenhurst, Ontario from September 23rd to 25th- promises to be no exception.
Lodgings for Symposium 2012 participants have been arranged at the comfortable Marriott Residence, located right at the Muskoka Wharf and next door to the Museum. The closing banquet will be a moving experience, too! Get set to enjoy a delicious dinner with friends and colleagues as we cruise Lake Muskoka!
Registration for both the Symposium and lodgings must be completed by August 15th to avoid disappointment. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s as easy as clicking here.
We look forward to welcoming you there this September!