We really don’t know what this summer will be like, but we know people will want to get out on the water, probably more than ever. For us at Safe Quiet Lakes the “safe“ part of our mission has never been more important. There may be more boaters and possibly new boaters on the lakes and at landings and marinas this season. People may stay at their cottages and on the lakes longer. And that combination means greater risk.
Safe boating is important to avoid property damage, injuries, and the tragic loss of life that leaves such a painful mark on lake communities. Safe boating will also be important this year because we need to avoid accidents that would put pressure on healthcare capacity and frontline workers. Safe Boating this year also means following social distancing protocols, on docks and in boats to combat the spread of the disease. Boating safely has never had more facets and never been more important.
SQL will be carrying out our programs and sharing our messages with boaters this summer with an extra emphasis on staying safe. We will, for example, participate in virtual lake association AGMs and communicate through all forms of media to encourage respectful boating. We all want to get back on the lakes, but please spread the word that boating this year comes with added responsibilities and different risks to manage. Thank you for your support and please be safe on the water.
I am delighted to announce that, on May 23, 2020,
will become the Chair of Safe Quiet Lakes. Diana has over 25 years experience in senior management positions with technology companies, including 19 years with Microsoft. She holds an MBA from Ivey School of Business and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a cottage on Lake Joseph and is a director on the board of Lake Joseph North Association
It has been my privilege to Chair a terrific Board of Directors, and to work with a dedicated team of supporters. Thank you. I will continue on the Board as Past Chair. We have much more to do as indicated in the following articles on the Wakes, and Speed Pilot Project and the Decibel Coalition.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Victoria Day long weekend!
-Frances Carmichael, Chair