2024 AGM

At this year’s Annual General Meeting – we had a lot to celebrate! 

Crew member and Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society President John Maddalozzo was nominated for and awarded the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Administrative Excellence Medal. The Medal of Administrative Excellence is given to members and non-members of the CCGA in recognition of outstanding administrative achievement or service to the Auxiliary. This requires services that were accomplished in a manner which is worthy of special recognition. Bravo Zulu John and thank you for your service and dedication!

We also have a tradition of handing out custom hand made clocks of our service area designed by ex member Brain Klassen to our members who have dedicated 5+ years of service. We were a little late to the boat on this for some but the following members received clocks and their 5 year pins: Amber Cottle (6.6 years), Gord Feenstra (7.5 years), Mike Metcalfe (6.6 years), Kevin Wood (5.6 years), John Howcroft (5.6 years), John Maddalozzo (7.5 years), Adam Hoult (7.5 years) and not pictured Erin Heeney (8.6 years) and Ron Knechtel (6.4 years). Thank you for your dedication! 

We also are fortunate enough to have two members who have been with RCMSAR12 for over ten years. Coxswains Tonya Ste. Marie (10.5 years) and Dave Brown (10.1 years) received their 10 year pins. An entire decade dedicated to saving lives on the water. 

We also want to recognize our outgoing Station Leader Adam Hoult. Your passion for leadership, safety and bringing people together is outstanding. We will always appreciate what you have done for us and wish you all the best in the future and all it holds for you and your beautiful and growing family! 

We are a small but mighty station. It is these members and the up and coming members who will be at these stages soon that dedicate countless hours both on and off the water in their volunteer roles for a passion that not all can understand. We have many stories of good times and hard times, early mornings and late nights, and a camaraderie that exists within us that keeps us tied together and going forward. For this, we are forever greatful. 

Bring on summer boating season!!!!

Volunteer Fair

SCMRS Members at the Sechelt Volunteer Fair – Saturday April 13th 2024

Junior Members

We are excited to welcome 4 members into our Fall 2023 juniors program. This is the first time the program has run for over 10 years. The future looks good.

Fall 2023 New Recruits

Welcome to our Fall 2023 new recruits who have commenced training.

Ty Clayton, Heather Cook, James Odermatt, Stephanie Mackie, Stephen Emsley, Theo Noyes,

Juniors: Dominik Nikodem, Emma Mackie, Hayden van der Stelt, McKenzie Mackie,

Welcome Amy Earle

Welcome Amy Earle to our station as a supporting member. Amy will be helping us with many things including:

a) Station Meeting minutes 
b) event organization
c) new recruitment
d) general Station admin,

Fundraiser 2023

The 2023 Silent Auction was held at Batch44 on February 23 2023. A special thanks to those who kindly donated items for auction and to all who showed their support by attending and participating in the event.

We now look forward to building on this success with our 2024 fundraiser.

Meet the Crew

Today’s crew is our newest Advanced Crew member,

Amber Cottle.
Member since: October, 2017
Amber is a certified dog trainer and behavior specialist/business owner. She has owned and operated a dog training centre in Delta since June 2003.
Favorite thing with SAR is: There are so many great things about volunteering with SAR. I would say my most favorite thing is the bond we have with each other as Crew members and the unwavering dedication to Crew safety and well-being.
Most memorable thing is: I have lots of great memories but one that stands out is a training exercise on the KM in Welcome Pass in pitch black darkness, in the dead of winter, with 25 knot winds and rough seas. That was an experience!
Total Class Sessions: 50 (93.5 hours)
Total Missions: 2 (7.02 hours)
Total Sea Trips: 40 (120.27 hours)
Total overall Hours: 324 hours
Quote: “I have spent most of my life in the ocean surfing and riding waves but very little time on the water in a boat. I have a healthy respect and understanding of the power of the ocean. I was completely out of my comfort zone when I started with SAR but thanks to the patience and dedication of the members of station 12, I have gained so much more confidence and as a result, achieved Advanced Crew status.”
Crew – working with such an amazing group of individuals
Craft – Experiencing the incredible efficiency and safety of our vessels
Mission – giving back to the community

Meet the Crew

Crew highlight of the week.

Today’s crew is our newest Coxswain and New Crew Training Officer,

John Howcroft
Member since: October 15, 2018
John is an Account Manager with a National Commercial Printer. John likes to go out hiking every Saturday and Sunday morning in the mountains with his two best doggie friends Si & Beula
Favorite thing with SAR is: Navigating and instructing fellow crew members on using Charts and the various ways to Navigate. Also I love BBQ covers after spending so much time under one to practice navigating in Restricted Visibility
Most memorable thing is: To numerous to contemplate but I would say it’s being with such a diverse group of crewmembers and enjoying the time with them all. Also with all the time and training the Coxswains put in so I could go to RHIOT (and not being called Pops by the other trainees) and also getting to CLll-B to become a Coxswain in such a short time.
Total Class Sessions: 94 (207 hours)
Total Missions: 12 (31 hours)
Total Sea Trips: 105 (297 hours)
Total overall Hours: 668
Quote: “Nothing better than being out in an open RHIB in the middle of the winter with high seas and the rain pelting down on you. But seriously it’s the close bond I have come to have with my SAR team members is truly a gift.”
Crew – Look out for each other, Be Safe, Share the knowledge
Craft – To be ready and safe
Mission – Be trained and prepared for all conditions
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