CSBC News Splash October 2016
Sgt Redfern Wesley, Kashechewan 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Canadian Safe Boating Council Symposium Report
The CSBC Symposium was held in Yellowknife, NWT from September 22 - 24. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the unique circumstances and challenges of boating safety in the North, and to start a dialogue about how CSBC's programs can be developed and co-designed to meet the needs of Northern communities.

Following is an outline of the presentations. It is intended to load the presentations onto the CSBC website as they are available.

Canadian Coast Guard Update: Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner and Peter Garapick, Superintendent, Search and Rescue, CCG Central and Arctic Region

Boating Safety Developments in the United States: Richard Moore, Chair, U.S. National Safe Boating Council 

Influence CSBC has had on Modernizing Canadian Forces' Training in Northern Canada: Warrant Officer Carl Wolfe, Canadian Ranger Instructor, 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

How a Search and Rescue Led to a Lifesaving Strategy: Sgt. Redfern Wesley, Kashechewan 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Canadian Safe Boating Campaign: Barbara Byers, Public Education Director, Lifesaving Society and Ted Rankine, Playsafe Productions

Establishment of a Drowning Prevention Action Plan: Incorporating Community Ownership and Building Capacity in the NWT: Kelly Carter, Executive Director, Lifesaving Society Alberta and NWT Branch

Successes and Challenges for Boating Safety in the North: Clara Reinhardt, Coordinator, Water-related Fatality Research, Canadian Red Cross

Exploring the NWT: Cathie Bolstad, Executive Director, NWT Tourism

Local Panel Discussion: Dr.Audrey Giles, Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa; Dillon Douglas, Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer, Government of NWT; Rose Johnson, Aquatics Coordinator, NWT Recreation and Parks Association; Wendy Lahey, Instructor, Aurora College; Johanna Elliot, YK Pool Supervisor

Hypothermia and Survival in the Cold: Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, Professor, BPE/KIN Program, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba.

Following are some of the key takeaways from our discussions about boating safety in the North. Local communities are each unique, and boating safety programs need to be tailored to suit their individual needs and interests. For instance, there are both language and cultural differences in the 33 communities in the NWT. The way of life is deeply tied to the land and the water, with boating simply being a part of daily living. Local knowledge - about the land, the waters, the weather, navigation, survival - is passed down from the elders, and boating safety initiatives need to respect and build on this structure. In southern Canada, "wear a lifejacket - it may save your life" may be a persuasive message. In northern Canada, "wear a lifejacket - it may help your community find your body" may be more powerful, because the circle of life is a deeply held concept.

Under the Canadian Safe Boating Campaign 2016 - 2019: from Sea to Sea to Sea project, the CSBC is partnering with the Canadian Rangers to develop and execute a lifejacket awareness program to increase lifejacket wear in the North. This includes working with northern communities on attitudes towards wearing lifejackets and boating safety challenges. The program starts with two northern communities in the first year, and will roll out to a broader audience in subsequent years. 

Outside the formal sessions, Symposium participants had the opportunity to visit the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, go on a boat trip on Great Slave Lake, visit Aurora Village for a dinner of local specialities such as bannock and smoked bison, and to see the swirling, mysterious Northern Lights.

View from the Explorer Hotel showing the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

The CSBC also ran a cold water workshop with Dr. Giesbrecht, in partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories, at which 22 first responders were trained in
  • Cold Facts (How our bodies react to cold stimulus in increasing intensity)
  • The Four Phases of Cold Water Immersion
  • Mechanisms of Heat Loss
  • Thermal Protection Realities
  • Proper Victim Extraction, Triage, Packaging and Re-Warming Techniques.
Here are highlights of what Symposium delegates said about this year's event:
"The quality and quantity of the presentations was outstanding"
"Wonderful, as always"
"A very well run symposium"
"Thank you for a wonderful few days - and as always, your enthusiasm and passion"
"Great mix of discussions and exposure to the area ...I would not change a thing! Excellent program"
"Stunning opening reception"
"Great engagement of partners so that everyone gets a consistent view of what's going on"
"Great information and opportunity to network and gain valuable contacts/influence".

87.5% of the delegates said the symposium met or exceeded their expectations. All of the presentations were rated "excellent" or "very good".   

Many thanks to the Symposium Committee, led by Committee Chair par excéllence Cynthia Hodgson, Rick Cassels, John Gullick, Clara Reinhardt, Geoff Ray, Carl Wolfe, Ron Kroeker, Ian Gilson, Audrey Giles, Ted Rankine, Barbara Byers, Robert Dupel, Larry Jacobs and Jean Murray, as well as the wonderful Michelle Handley, who opened doors and made things happen in Yellowknife. Our thanks go as well to the following industry sponsors, whose financial support made the Symposium possible:

Symposium Presenting Sponsor: Stearns

Gold Sponsors: Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, Yamaha, Mustang Survival, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Lifesaving Society.

Silver Sponsors: Salus, Boating BC

Bronze Sponsors: Boatsmart!

Presenting sponsor Stearns was particularly generous in presenting a gift of lifejackets (PFDs) to the local Yellowknife Dene Nation, and another gift of 35 lifejackets (PFDs) to the Canadian Rangers for donation to a local community in northern Ontario.

Ezio Sbrizzi, President, and Dawn Whiteside, Brand Manager, Coleman Canada, present Chief Sangris of the Yellowknife Dene Nation with a gift of 100 lifejackets (PFDs)

At every CSBC Symposium, participants express enthusiasm about the opportunity to learn from each other and to network with others. This was even more evident at the Yellowknife Symposium: ideas were shared and connections were made that will help all of us committed to boating safety in the North continue the dialogue and develop the partnerships that can make a real difference.
Chief Sangris with John Gullick,CSBC Chair

Plan to join us next year from September 17 - 19 in Quebec City!    
CSBC Volunteer Recognition Awards 2016

John Gullick, CSBC Chair, presents Ted Rankine with the CSBC Dinstinguished 
Service Citation
The CSBC relies upon the hard work and commitment of volunteers to deliver our safety programs and events, and to run the organization. The annual Volunteer Recognition Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the CSBC. The following awards were presented by John Gullick, CSBC Chair, at the Symposium in September.  Congratulations, and grateful thanks, to the award winners:

Vahe Vassilian 
CSBC Milestone Award and Distinguished Service Citation - In grateful recognition of your 17 years of distinguished volunteer service as a CSBCDirector (1999-2016), your substantial and tireless contributions to multiple CSBC activities, and your wise management counsel over many years

Ted Rankine 
CSBC Distinguished Service Citation - In recognition of your outstanding volunteer support to the CSBC over many years, most notably forward thinking, collaborative partnerships, CSBC management initiatives and sponsor support and communications      

Mal Blann  CSBC Certificate of Merit - In recognition of your significant contribution to the strategic and business planning process and ways and means issues, and for being a role model for teamwork and collaboration

Mike Dean  CSBC Certificate of Merit - In recognition of your leadership in developing the CSBC's social media presence, increasing the CSBC's reach, influence and brand recognition

Larry Jacobs  CSBC Certificate of Merit - In recognition of your strong commitment to boating safety and 'always being there' for the CSBC

Michelle Handley  CSBC Certificate of Merit - In recognition of your leadership to ensure the CSBC Symposium in Yellowknife, NWT would be a great success

Sandra Inglis  CSBC Certificate of Service - In grateful recognition of your 3 years of distinguished volunteer service as a CSBC Director (2013 - 2016)
North American Partners Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Boating Safety Collaboration

CSBC Chair John Gullick and U.S. National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Chair Richard Moore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen boating safety collaboration in Yellowknife on September 25, 2016. The MOU identifies ways in which the two organizations will work together to bring greater awareness and change to the recreational boating safety community. The CSBC and the NSBC have greatly benefitted from working closely together since the original MOU was signed in September 2005. The updated MOU reflects boating safety trends and governance changes since that time. In it, the two organizations have outlined their approach to share each other's resources and materials, provide support on each organization's conference, and work together on messaging related to the harmonized North American life jacket standards.

The  MOU is just one of many ways the two organizations have committed to working together. The chairs of each organization are represented on the other organization's Board of Directors and are members of the other's organization. This gives the CSBC and NSBC the opportunity to coordinate safe boating efforts on a grander scale to reach over 12 million boaters in Canada and 87 million boaters in the U.S.
Canadian Drowning Report 2016 Edition
With thanks to Barbara Byers, Research Director, Lifesaving Society. Barbara is a past Chair of the CSBC and is Chair of the Education Programs Committee.This article is one of an occasional series highlighting the CSBC Directors' involvement in boating safety.
The Lifesaving Society has recently published the 2016 Edition of the Canadian Drowning Report, prepared by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada. Boating fatalities remained consistent with past reports, with an average of 124 per year in the 2009-2013 period. Not wearing a lifejacket (82%) and alcohol use (39%) remain a significant risk for those who drown while boating. Cold water is also a significant factor for boating fatalities (59% of boating deaths for which water temperature information was available).
The most common types of boating incidents that led to drowning were capsizing (38%) and falling or being thrown overboard (28%). 54% of boating-related drowning deaths occurred during powerboat use. After powerboats, canoes were the next most common type of vessel (21%) involved in boating incidents. To read more, click here.  
Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs): Nominate your Boating Heroes Today!

The 2016 CASBAs awards gala and dinner will be held on Sunday January 22, 2017 in the Civic Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre (123 Queen St. West in Toronto). The Canadian Safe Boating Council is committed to recognizing individuals and groups who strive to make Canada's waterways a safer place for everyone to enjoy, live, work and play.  The Canadian Safe Boating Awards, "CASBA's", are presented annually, with the dinner gala considered a flagship event of the council.

We would like to encourage you to think about those who are making a positive impact on your local waters and how national recognition may provide an opportunity to showcase your community's commitment to safe boating.  By sharing our successes we encourage others as well as provide the recognition so many deserve.

Who are these heroes?  A family or individual faced with a life or death situation who aids another and saves a life; a boating safety advocate, volunteer or teacher whose passion for paddling, sailing or power boating can't help but influence others to be engaged;  professionals, media members and industry partners who embrace the need to promote the benefits of boating safety while challenging themselves to consider and share information on the impact on our natural environments...they are all heroes and we are looking for their stories. 

It will only take a few minutes to nominate one of these special people, a group or organization whose efforts in the field of boating safety or environmental stewardship deserve national recognition.   You may consider nominating yourself, your own group or organization.  Award categories include the following:

STEARNS  - Rescue of the Year
Marine Professional of the Year
Top Volunteer Dedicated to Safe Boating
Ontario Power Generation - Best Boating Safety Initiative
Safeguarding the Environment
Marine Industry Award
Visible PFD Wear in Advertising
 Best Media Contribution to Boating Safety
Special Recognition Award

You can find more information about the CASBA awards and gala event on the website at  www.csbc.ca. N omination forms and documentation may be emailed to [email protected] or sent by post to - Canadian Safe Boating Council, 400 Consumers Road, Toronto ON, M2J1P8                                                                                                                                            
NOMINATIONS can only be accepted until November 11, 2016

Now is also the time to buy your tickets for the awards gala and dinner. Help us recognize those whose efforts have enhanced the recreational boating experience for us all. It's also an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded enthusiasts and professionals. The CSBC welcomes and appreciates the contributions from sponsors that make this event possible. To find out how to become a sponsor, click here
Loss of Jon Churchill
With thanks to Kevin Monahan, Jon's former colleague and friend, and former CSBC Director

It is with great regret that we learned of the passing of Jon Churchill on August 14, 2016 at Victoria hospice. Jon had been ill with cancer for more than a year, and passed away quietly.

During his long career with the Canadian Coast Guard, Jon made major contributions to boating safety, as Superintendent of the Office of Boating Safety in Victoria, BC, and as Director of Marine Programs in Vancouver.  Jon was a mentor to young and old alike. For many years, Jon was responsible for the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) and Responsible Recreational Boating (RRB) summer student programs. Literally hundreds of young men and women participated in these programs and went on to become police, paramedics, fire and rescue services, and Coast Guard crews.

He was a confirmed bachelor but he had a vast network of friends and colleagues from coast to coast. Once Jon retired in 2003, he travelled the world, visiting 38 countries before settling down again in Victoria and acting as a devoted uncle to his extended family.

He will be remembered for his dedication, knowledge and collaborative approach, and his impatience to "get the job done". Jon will be sorely missed by his family and his many former colleagues and friends.
In brief                              
Did you know that you can direct your United Way Campaign donation to any registered Canadian charity? Please consider donating to the Canadian Safe Boating Council; our registration number is 875659864RR0001.

In addition to the Canadian Safe Boating Campaign from Sea to Sea to Sea, the CSBC has received funding from the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (NIF) for the Safety First Marine Project, an exciting partnership with Canadian Tire and other marine retailers to educate retail marine sales staff about SAR incident prevention and boating safety equipment. The Lifesaving Society has received NIF funding for the ABC (a Boating Course) project, with the CSBC as a partner. Read more about these two projects in the December newsletter.

Vahe Vassilian has been appointed as the CSBC's first ever Director Emeritus. Vahe resigned from the CSBC Board last May after making a substantial contribution for 17 years. As Director Emeritus, Vahe will continue to advise and represent the CSBC on various issues, including the  2017 Quebec Symposium.

The Boating Ontario Conference will take place at the Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario from November 27 - 29, 2016. For more information, click here

Coming soon - CSBC's new iBoatNotes APP!