The Kids Don’t Float program was honoured by the Canadian Safe Boating Council, its members and stakeholders in Canada-wide recreational boating safety with a 2018 Canadian Safe Boating Award (CASBA) for Best Boating Safety Initiative.

Cathy Dupuis, SAR Prevention Officer, accepted the award on behalf of RCMSAR at the 2018 CASBA gala held January 20, 2019 in Toronto.  Below, Cathy provides a brief snapshot of her time in Toronto.

 I am very pleased to share with you that on January 20 RCMSAR was awarded the 2018 Best Boating Safety Initiative for our Kid’s Don’t Float program. The CASBA award gala is held annually in January at the Toronto Westin Castle. I was very proud to represent RCM SAR this year and to be amongst the eight categories honored.

The Toronto weather was an adjustment for this island girl at -17 with a wind chill of -28 when I arrived downtown at Union Station and the snow was blowing sideways!

My daughter Sarah jumped at the opportunity of a break from her daily go go go to travel with me on this adventure which made the trip even more enjoyable.

The awards dinner started at 7pm the following evening with a light but very tasty meal. I was thrilled to be seated at the same table as the recipients of the Stearns Rescue of the Year. This crew of four was from CCGA’s Unit Quebec region and what a rescue it was and I heard about it first hand. These fellows thought nothing of the local weather as they were heading back to much colder and extreme conditions which are quite common place for them.

Thank you to Ralph Mohrmann and the team at RCM SAR Sooke for submitting the nomination and we will continue to do our best in keeping the children of our communities safe.