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Make Sure Your Squadron Books the Simulator

If you haven't already done so, your Squadron should look at booking the CPS-ECP Boating Simulator for your next show or event. Recently the Bay of Quinte Power and Sail Squadron used the simulator at an outdoor sport and boat show over a three day period and Commander Donny Maracle noted that 35 people who tried it out signed up for the Squadron's next Boating Basics Course this spring. The Squadron was so pleased with the simulator it has already sent a letter to the National Office booking it again for the same show next March! If you are interested in booking the simulator send your request to the or call 1-888-277-2628. Meanwhile read the article recently pubished in Boating Business magazine about the simulator and watch the demonstration videos.

Showing How the Boating Simulator Works

See exactly how the CPS-ECP Boating Simulaor works by watching this YouTube Video of John Gullick, CPS-ECP Manager Government & Special Programs, as he describes and demonstrates the multi-language simulator to Editor Andy Adams of Canadian Yachting magazine at the Toronto Boat Show. The Boating Simulator was purchased from United States Power Squadrons with a grant from the CPS Foundation.

Contribute to the CPS Foundation and Honour CPS-ECP Members

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.

P/C/C John Richards, SN Member

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.

CPS FoundationMarine Industry Award

The Marine Industry Award presented by the Canadian Safe Boating Council at its awards dinner in January 15, was awarded to United States Power Squadron (USPS) and Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (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 Training is available here.

CPS FoundationOur Latest Funding Project

The CPS Foundation was pleased to announce funding at the 2014 CPS-ECP National Conference for the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, a simulator that lets you try your hand at various scenarios on the water. The simulator was purchased from United States Power and Sail Squadrons.

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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