Two new kiosks were officially made public on Friday, October 14th. These were Herald Park and the Downtown Wharf Boat Launch in Salmon Arm. Donor representatives from SASCU Financial (Glenn Hall and Rochelle Dale), Shuswap Watershed Council (Paul Demenok) and Knights of Columbus (Ken Nowicki and Lorne Lazzaretto) joined BC Park Operator, Cory Monk and Salmon Arm Mayor (Nancy Cooper) together with RCMSAR 106 Station Leader, Rob Sutherland and Board President, Bruce Weicker for the occasion.
Our Kids Don’t Float program received a grant from the Shuswap Community Foundation for the kiosk at Shuswap Lake Park. This project was highlighted in there annual report which was shared and celebrated on Thursday evening, September 29th.
On Saturday, September 24th two additional Kids Don’t Float kiosks were installed at Herald Provincial Park and the Downtown Salmon Arm boat launch at the Wharf.
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Ever wonder why we are going to all this effort with our kiosks around Shuswap Lake? Check out this news story for your answer!
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On Saturday, August 6th RCM-SAR attended the Annual Classic Boat Show in Sicamous. In addition to our display we were asked to lead the boat parade at the end of the show!
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RCMSAR Crew and Dispatcher, Paul Keam, accepting a big thank you from a family vacationing on the Waterway Houseboat Miss Bessie. RCMSAR was dispatched to help great grandma (93 yrs old) when she fell and broke her hip. The group from Whitehorse were having a family reunion on the boat and were very grateful for the assistance. Grandma had a partial hip replacement in the Vernon hospital and they have headed back to Whitehorse including GG (great grandma).
Jerry and his wife Carla, were instrumental in establishing the Shuswap Lifeboat Society which in turn operates Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 106 (Shuswap). Jerry was key in the beginning four years ago when he took the leadership in everything needed to bring this needed service to Shuswap Lake. He and Carla have chosen to move on to New Westminster where they will be closer to family.
Up until his departure, Jerry continued to provide a critical functional of dispatcher, receiving a call usually from BC Ambulance Service and then mustering a crew to respond to the incident. More than once if a crew member was not available, Jerry filled in wherever he was needed. The role of dispatcher is being carried on by Paul Keam.
Jerry, we wish you all the best in your new adventures, and a huge thank you for your years of dedicated service.
Three Kids Don’t Float kiosks have now been completed. These are loaner pfd stations located at Sicamous Boat Launch, Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Provincial Park. See the full story elsewhere on the website.