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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