Canadian Safe Boating Awards announced

By Blair Eveleigh »Blair Eveleigh

January 13th, 2013


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In case you missed it, Sunday night was a night for awards. No, not the ones in Hollywood, with the red carpet and the paparazzi, but the ones in Toronto that are a lot more relevant to cottagers and others who love to be out on the water. I’m referring to the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (the CASBAs), given out annually by the Canadian Safe Boating Council. Sure, the CASBAs had its share of star power—Bob Izumi! Loreena McKennitt! Federal government officials!—but the real stars of the evening were the award recipients, champions of recreational boating safety and environmental stewardship, and deserving of all the accolades.

Here are this year’s winners:

– Rescue of the Year: Stefan McClelland of Ottawa, Ont., for his heroic rescue of the pilot of a downed aircraft on the Ottawa River.

– Marine Professional of the Year: Lori Mason of Port Credit, Ont., her for career-long contributions to boating safety on and around Lake Ontario.

– Top Volunteer Dedicated to Safe Boating: Joseph Gatfield of Windsor, Ont., for his lifetime volunteer role with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.

– Special Recognition Award: Pattison Outdoor Advertising of BC for contributions to a 2012 Canada-wide campaign promoting lifejacket wear and for continuing support in promoting safety on the water.

– Special Recognition Award: Bob Izumi of Burlington, Ont., for promoting boating safety and lifejacket wear as part of the “real fishing” experience.

– Best Boating Safety Initiative (Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation): Rick Easthom (Fraser Power and Sail Squadron) and Jack Tang (West Bay Boating Club) of Richmond, BC, for helping Chinese-speaking boaters in their community boat more safely.

– Best Media Contribution to Boating Safety: Sgt. Norm Webster of the Vancouver Police Marine Unit, Vancouver, BC, for his non-stop engagement of local media and for keeping boating safety in the spotlight.

– Safeguarding the Environment: Golden Enviro Products of Ont. for its innovative eco-friendly cleaner/degreaser BIM200, which helps boaters safeguard the environment.

– Marine Industry: Windabout Enterprises of Ont. for its innovative heaving line, TOSS’N SAVE, which makes rescues from the boat safer and easier.

– Visible Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Wear in Advertising: Muskoka Lakes Association, Ont., for a collectible poster featuring lifejacket wear as part of the boating tradition.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and to the CSBC for putting together a great awards program.

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