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T-SAR continues educational outreach at Olympic Island

July 23, 2013

Toronto Search And Rescue continued their educational outreach program on the Toronto Islands this past Sunday with a visit to the Irish Cultural Society of Toronto’s Second Annual Picnic. 

A day of tug-o-war competitions, three-legged races and the traditional Gaelic sport of hurling was appealing enough to attract over a hundred members from around the GTA to Olympic Island, where a trail of Irish flags led the path from the Centre Island ferry dock to the picnic grounds.

Some members of the celebrations took a break from the fun and games to watch a water safety presentation by T-SAR Commanding Officer Derek Cartier, who was accompanied by our summer interns Nicholas Smith and Lily Hansen-Gillis.  As volunteering children demonstrated how to properly wear a lifejacket with the help of Lily, Derek and Nicholas held a discussion with adults in the audience about the beach flag system, E. coli monitoring and the potential dangers of swimming in unfamiliar waters.

Toronto Search And Rescue will continue their educational outreach program in the coming weeks with a presentation at the Castle Park Play School in the Beaches neighbourhood.  If you live in the Toronto area and would like a T-SAR presentation on water safety in your class, camp or club, contact us at

Photo credit: Lily Hansen-Gillis 

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