2016/02 – Coast Guard Auxiliary

Some 20 newcomers shared introductions and a bit of “Why we like Pender” at the February 10 meeting over lunch and coffee in the Community Hall.  A common theme emerged: almost everyone is doing extensive renovations so we certainly do our part to support the economy of Pender Island!

Anyone new to Pender Island would really enjoy getting to know fellow newcomers via this get-together.  We define “new” as less than 3 years on-island.

Following lunch, participants enjoyed a short presentation, followed by a Q&A session, from Niall Parker of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. He outlined typical calls for assistance the group has had to deal with in the past year (RCMSAR used to be the Coast Guard Auxiliary but the name was changed to avoid confusion). RCMSAR is a volunteer group with needs for active crewmembers as well as maintenance people, fundraisers, casino workers, etc.

The Salish Sea Marine Rescue Society is the fund-raising arm of RCMSAR as federal funds only partially cover training and fuel costs. This group is another excellent volunteer opportunity for those who like being involved with boats and protecting public safety on the water.

Contact Niall for more information.