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CPS-ECP Boating Skills Virtual Trainer is Coming to a Boat Show Near You

BSVTThe CPS-ECP Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) is coming to a boat show near you. The BSVT allows students to maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a lake 5.6km X 6.4km in a virtual mode where there are only virtual boats and water and no risks.

The program consists of preplanned lessons that cover basic manoeuvres and safe boating practices: Docking, Trailering, Slalom Course, Crossing/Overtaking other vessels, Departing dock, Manoeuvering in Fairways, Pivot Turn, Mooring, Emergency Stop, Trim control in throttle, Night manoeuvres with crossing/overtaking lights, and controls to change wind and current direction and strength.

The BSVT embodies high-end technology featuring three computer screens with a selective rotating field of vision close to 360 degrees. It has a responsive steering wheel with console switches for horn and navigation lights and a Mercury Marine throttle. It reacts to variable settings for trim, current and wind. On the dashboard you see your compass, tach and speedometer. Drivers may manoeuvre through simulated exercises in a virtual environment, without the risks of a real boat on the water.

A Boating Skills Virtual Trainer will be at the following shows for attendees to gain hands-on experience and learn new manoeuvres, without the risk.

More dates, info and videos.

Funding Guidelines of the CPS Foundation

Your Foundation now has a capital of more than $1 million. A recent debate showed me how important it becomes to explain how this money will be spent to assure a better future of CPS-ECP. I think that the following guidelines will help.

  1. The first guideline deals with the policy obligation of your Foundation to disburse each year, a minimum of 80% of the receipted donations received from donors. This refers to donations that qualify for an income tax receipt to be issued. Donations from Squadrons and Districts do not fall into this category. In the past years, your Foundation has returned approx. $400,000 to CPS-ECP to support its many and varied projects.
  2. The second guideline refers to the fact that your donations help to grow the invested capital, so that it will grow and produce the interest used for qualifying grants. So we do not expense the money of your donation but only a part of the interest produced by the capital.
  3. The third guideline refers to the use to which the funds available are utilized. CPS-ECP is a national organization and your Foundation is committed to fund projects which will support all of the Squadrons across the country. Individual Squadron or District projects do not normally come under these criteria. In general, requests for funding come through a National Committee, which serves the interests of all the Squadrons, and which provides documented evidence of where the funds have been spent. Your Foundation has no access to the Squadrons or Districts to check if a project reaches the planned objectives. CPS-ECP has financial rules to respect and can manage the projects more easily!
  4. The fourth guideline concerns the different services that CPS-ECP members can receive from the National body, through the normal budgeting process. Your Foundation will not reinvent the wheel. If a service provided by our National body needs financial help, your Foundation will evaluate the financial request coming from the Board or Executive Committee. Should a Squadron or District present a request for funding for a project outside of a national program or a national committee, it may be rejected by your Foundation. This does not mean that the project is not a good idea! It may only require referring the project to a national committee first!

The Directors are the custodians of the Foundation funds, and look at all suggested projects in the light of usefulness to the organization as a whole. Through your continuing support, we are able to ensure a sustainable future for CPS-ECP.

So when a member, a Squadron, or a District decides to support your Foundation, they participate as architects of the future of our national organization.

Ghislain Arsenault, SN
Director of the CPS Foundation

Information to Apply for Funding

2015 Financial Statements

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A Thank You from Chair John Hinksman, SN

The CPS Foundation thanks everyone, Districts, Squadrons and members who have given their support over the past year. We continue to maintain our $l,000,000 status, due to your donations and our conservative investment policy. We have adjusted our portfolio to recognize responsible stewardship of our planet, keeping in mind the importance of non-polluting companies of our waterways.

We continue to support CPS-ECP through funding of projects that keep the organization operating in a positive manner, and enable it to keep up with the many changes that continually test our abilities as an educational group. Now, more than any other time in our long history, it is important to keep up with advances in methods of delivering our message to the boating public and our members. We all need to work together to maintain our place and to grow so that present and future boaters will experience safe and happy times on the water.

Your Foundation provided CPS-ECP with over $40,000 last year, and is always ready to consider any requests for funding that benefit our whole Organization.

Thank you all again, and don’t forget to fly our Flag proudly, and pass on who we are and what we do to anyone you can.

On behalf of the Directors and Members of The CPS Foundation, Erik Fabricius, Larry Hicks, Ghislain Arsenault, Sheila Boucher and Catherine Mcleod,
Yours truly,
John Hinksman, SN
Chair

The success of our Foundation depends upon each one of us!

Our Memorial Log files have been updated. View the new files.

The CPS Foundation at the CPS-ECP National Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, October 2015.

Photos provided by CPS-ECP Photographer Don Butt, AP

CPS Foundation Chair John Hinksman, SN presented a cheque to Chief Commander Joe Gatfield, JN at the 2015 CPS-ECP Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario in October. Accompanying him were CPS Foundation Directors Ghislain Arsenault, SN, far left, Sheila Boutcher, SN, second from right, and Larry Hicks, AP, far right. The cheque included the donation received by the Foundation this year from the Cowan Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase two more Boating Skills Virtual Trainers for use across Canada.

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CPS Foundation Chair John Hinksman, SN, displays the Honour Roll and Memorial Log at the CPS-ECP National Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario in October. CPS Foundation Chair John Hinksman, SN, reported to the 2015 CPS-ECP Annual Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario in October.

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The Boating Skills Virtual Trainer purchased by CPS-ECP with funding from the CPS Foundation was on display at the National Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in October for everyone to try their skills on the water using the various simulations. Board Director Linda Hamilton, AP took her turn at the wheel during the Conference.

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Honour roll certificates for Squadrons and Districts donating $1.00 per member were presented during the CPS-ECP Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario in October.

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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.

2014 Financial Statements

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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. 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.