Last night we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Tim Jones Rescue Center in North Vancouver. At our AGM, officers and committee chairs provide reports to the members on the affairs of the team, and elections are held for annual positions on the board of directors and the search management committee. The AGM also provides members an opportunity to socialize and discuss what has happened over the year.
Furthermore, this year members who have served 5, 10, 15, 20 … and 50 years received pins from Emergency Management British Columbia to recognize members years of service to the Province. While 5 years (and each milestone up from there) is a significant achievement, especially considering the level of dedication required of NSR members, it was the 50 year pins which will receive special mention here. Three founding members of North Shore Rescue – Karl Winter, Gerry Brewer and Dave Brewer – all received 50 year pins last night! A monumental accomplishment.
This year we also welcomed Ryan West to the ranks of full team members after he successfully completed his 2 year probation period as a member-in-training (MIT). To mark the occasion, Ryan received the coveted red jacket reserved for full team members. Big Congrats for this significant achievement arising out of tremendous dedication to the team, and a passion for serving the community.
Members also had the opportunity to vote on three new Life Members (a special membership category for long serving active members who have made significant contributions to the team), and inducted Gord Ferguson, Ales Ponec and Stan Sovdat into the ranks of Life Membership. Congrats Gord, Ales and Stan!
Finally, I would like to congratulate the following members who will be serving in elected roles on our Society’s board of directors for the coming year:
- Team Leader – Mike Danks (By Acclamation)
- Training Officer – Scott Campbell (By Acclamation)
- Treasurer – Ron Royston (By Acclamation)
- Truck Officer – Jason McEwan (By Acclamation)
- Equipment Officer – Jay Piggot (By Acclamation)
- Social and Publications Officers – Kayla Brolly (By Acclamation)
- Communications and Administration Officer – Dale Wiedman (By Acclamation)
- Member At Large – Paul Markey (By Majority Vote)
A big thank you to our previous equipment officer Jeff Yarnold, whom has stepped down from the role for the coming year.
Having served on the team’s executive myself for many years I can say unequivocally that these individuals deserve significant praise. It is not an easy job, but it is a critical job which allows us to save lives.
Once again, congrats to all these members and all of those who serve on the various committees which keep our team running. North Shore Rescue is an all volunteer non-profit society, and without the dedication of members like these, we would not be able to continue to provide the same level of professional life-saving services to the community.