To date the CPS Foundation funded one of these trainers, introducing it at the 2014 AGM in Quebec City, and with a generous donation from the Cowan Foundation earlier this year, a second trainer will be purchased. A third will enhance this proven popular trainer for use in Squadrons and Districts across Canada. The first has been recognized by a banner thanking the CPS Foundation and the second will be recognized with a banner thanking the Cowan Foundation. The third trainer will carry a banner thanking our Life Members for their ongoing and generous support of CPS-ECP.
Life Members can contribute to this project using the form they received with a personal letter from C/C Joseph Gatfield, JN, and CPS Foundation Chair John Hinksman, SN. A tax receipt will be issued for donations over $10 or on request. Please be sure to check the box on the form indicating if your name can be published as a donor to this project. The CPS Foundation thanks all Life Members in advance for their support.
More information on the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
Thanks to a generous grant from The Cowan Foundation to The CPS Foundation, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons will acquire additional Boating Skills Virtual Trainers. More Information. The CPS Foundation was one of ten charitable organizations in Canada to receive a grant for 2015.
The photo at left shows from left to right: Cathy Bisbee, Cowan Insurance Group Industry Leader, Programs & Associations; John Hinksman, CPS Foundation Chair; and Richard Pouliot, The Guarantee, National VP Operations and Distribution Management.
People in attendance pictured at right included: Cathy Bisbee, Cowan Insurance Group Industry Leader, Programs & Associations; Richard Pouliot, The Guarantee, National VP Operations and Distribution Management; John Hinksman, CPS Foundation Chair; Walter Kowalchuk CPS-ECP Executive Director; and members of Port Credit Power and Sail Squadron.
About The Cowan Foundation
The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Cowan Insurance Group and Frank Cowan Company. The Foundation is sustained by the ongoing success of the Princeton Holdings group of companies including Cowan Insurance Group which provides the CPS-ECP Member Boat Insurance Program (and its subsidiary companies: The Williamson Group, Millennium CreditRisk Management, Wentworth Financial Services and Cowan Financial Solutions) , Frank Cowan Company, The Guarantee Company of North America, Cowan Asset Management and Fountain Street Finance. Together they provide insurance and risk management products and services for individuals, businesses, organizations and public entities as well as assist employers with their group benefits, retirement and health and disability management plans. The goal of The Cowan Foundation is to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and the broader well-being of our communities. The Cowan Foundation.
Cowichan Power and Sail Squadron has found a way to donate to The CPS Foundation while at the same time honouring members of the Squadron who have made a worthwhile contribution to CPS-ECP. The Squadron registers its life members in the Affinity Program so that each member who has achieved 20 Merit Marks and therefore a life membership in CPS-ECP have the memento of an Affinity Pin to recognize their service. For information on receiving an Affinity Pin visit our Affinity Pin page.
The CPS Foundation was saddened to learn of the death of long time member P/C/C John Richards, SN on January 19, 2015. He was Director of the Foundation since the late 1980s. P/C/C John has been a member of the Foundation since he retired as Chief more than 25 years ago, and initially served as Secretary/Treasurer. He was a District Commander for Rideau District. P/C/C John currently has 42 Merit Marks for his volunteer contribution to CPS-ECP.
USPS in conjunction with United States Coast Guard created a boating simulator to teach boaters docking, working lines, open water operation and more, and provide the opportunity to practice those skills before getting out on the water. CPS-ECP took the base virtual trainer, modified it for Canadian use to be multi lingual (French and Chinese), and are now putting it into use for training across Canada.
Funding for the project in Canada was provided by The CPS Foundation. More information below
USPS Educational Officer Bob Brandenstein (second from left in photo) and The CPS Foundation Chair, John Hinksman (third from left in photo) accepted the award on behalf of USPS and CPS-ECP. More information on the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer is available here.
The simulator was on display at the Conference for everyone to try. In the photo to the left, CPS Foundation Chair John Hinksman tests his skills, at CPS Foundation Director Sheila Boutcher waits her turn.
Peterborough Power and Sail Squadron was the first Squadron in Canada to have access to the new simulator, demonstrating it for the local television station and for members and the public alike on November 8, 2014.
Photos and a description of the function of the simulator
Donations to The CPS Foundation have helped to fund a great number of projects that otherwise might not have been possible. The Education Department has been the major recipient of grant money,since it fits the criteria of benefitting every Squadron member. The Marketing and PR Committee and our Membership Committee have receiving funding for worthwhile projects to promote CPS-ECP and reward our Squadrons, Districts, and members.
Information to Apply for Funding
Read the message from the CPS Foundation Chair John Hinksman, SN, that lists many of the projects funded. Find out more about the CPS Foundation.
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