MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR AND CEO
Along the waters of coastal British Columbia and inland waters of the Shuswap, RCMSAR volunteers continue to put the safety of others ahead of personal safety thanks to their selfless commitment and the professional training and equipment generously funded by the communities that they serve and by people like you.
For many in the search and rescue (SAR) field, this past year was unlike any other with the challenges imposed by COVID-19 and the impact of pandemic restrictions to training and operations alongside boating safety and fundraising events in our communities. While much of the world around us slowed down, our volunteers met increased calls for help as more people took to the water than in recent years.
Despite the challenges, RCMSAR’s established COVID-19 protocols continue to keep our local stations operational and we are proud to report that our volunteers have met all assigned SAR taskings safely with professionalism and, above all, dedication.
While facing the inherent risks that come with saving lives, over 900 RCMSAR volunteers continue to serve British Columbia thanks to the enduring support from our partners and people and like you.
We hope you enjoy reading more about the impact that you and our volunteers have on “saving lives on the water” in the most recent Annual Report.
With sincere appreciation,
Chris Gouglas, Board Chair and Bill Riggs, Chief Executive Officer