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CPS Foundation Project to Purchase Third Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
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As Life Members of CPS-ECP we have a unique opportunity to do something very special this year. We have all achieved Life Membership through 20 years of service to CPS-ECP in one capacity or another. What we have contributed over the years has varied as we have all played different roles in our voluntary involvement within CPS-ECP. Now, we have an opportunity to come together as one group to add our part to the success of an exciting, new and very special program. To better serve our Squadrons and Districts, and to add to our success, we need a third Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT). If you would kindly consider contributing one year’s membership dues to this program, we can achieve our goal.

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

Donation from The Cowan Foundation

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.

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 Simulator 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 Trainer 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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