Derek Cartier and Patrick Curtis cradle a most precious document: As of November 19th, 2014 Toronto Search and Rescue now has official status and membership as a unit in the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary – Central and Arctic. While T-SAR has long relied on the work of many board members, volunteers and patrons; the main burden of our efforts thus far has long been shouldered by Derek and Patrick. Their vision and their work has brought this to pass.
It has long been said that the reward for good work is more work... Patrick is still going to be heading the Board of T-SAR through 2015 to generate the flow of volunteers, material and supplies that a CCGA unit will need, but the burden of command has fallen on Derek's shoulders. Meeting training standards and fulfilling operational taskings will be Derek's job as the new skipper of the unit; but Derek is no stranger to the demands of both, and is likewise no stranger to the cold and mercurial nature of Lake Ontario itself. He brings with him his earlier CCGA experiences with 18 years in Search and Reacue and we will have veteran hands joining him to launch the initiative in the spring.
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