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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Crew Highlight of the Month, April 2018

Crew Highlight of the Month

April 2018

Erin Heeney

Erin during one of her training runs. Photo credit: John Maddalozzo

Please join us in celebrating our crew highlight of the month who has been with RCMSAR Station 12 for almost 3 years.

Erin’s Achievements:

  • 2018-03-21 RHIOT
  • 2017-11-18 RCMSAR Annual Fitness Testing
  • 2017-06-10 MED A3
  • 2017-06-08 TC Medical
  • 2017-02-26 First Responder
  • 2016-11-01 SVOP
  • 2016-11-01 SARnav-1
  • 2016-06-25 Flood and Swiftwater Hazard Awareness Course
  • 2016-04-27 PCSC Checker
  • 2015-11-24 ROC-M
  • 2015-11-22 FA Marine Basic
  • 1999-12-06 PCOC
Her Journey:

Since joining our team Erin has managed to volunteer over 1000 hours of service. She has recently completed the Rigid Hull Inflatable Operators Training with the Canadian Coast Guard in Bamfield newly promoting her into a Coxswain position at Station 12.

Erin began her journey with Station 12 almost 3 years ago where she quickly found her passion in team building and training others. Erin is happiest when passing on her love of the Collision Regulations. She has kept our training program on track for 2 years, always innovating and developing new strategies. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious and Station 12 is grateful to have her on the team.

Life Outside RCMSAR:

Erin can be found jogging through the woods, fishing in Porpoise Bay for Dungeness crab or generally enjoying everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer. She is an avid sailor and traveler, a free spirit who is always searching for new ways to improve herself. In her professional life Erin works for Praxis Performance Group as their Program Facilitator.



October’s Crew Member of the Month

Tonya Ste. Marie

Please join us in congratulating our crew member of the month who has been with RCMSAR Station 12 for 4 years!

Tonya’s achievements:

  • 2017-10-18 Coxswain Leadership 1
  • 2017-04-26 Flood and Swiftwater Hazard Awareness Course
  • 2017-02-26 First Responder #62191734
  • 2017-02-25 PFD Competency Evaluation
  • 2017-02-18 CISM 100
  • 2017-01-22 SFA (CPR – C) #40108102
  • 2004-07-13 PCOC #200029558
  • 2003-05-01 ROC-M #023487STE
Her journey:

Tonya started her journey as a supporting member spending countless hours at events such as the Sechelt Night market and numerous fundraising en devours. She was an integral part of the fundraising team helping us promote boating safety as well as the RCMSAR brand. Her contagious smile, passion for the sea and willingness to help others always attracts a positive public response to our cause.

One year ago she became an active SAR team member quickly dominating our new crew, crew level and advanced crew training programs. She has since become lead with our social media program developing a series of boating safety videos that have been well received by our followers. Tonya has increased our online presence exponentially, her dedication displayed in every aspect of involvement with our station.

Recently she has completed the first ever Coxswain Leadership 1 course facilitated at our regional training facility in Sooke BC. Graduating with top marks she will be an excellent asset to the leadership team at Station 12.

Passions outside RCMSAR:

Tonya works for the Sunshine Coast Community Services as a youth care worker. She has deep roots in our community and an impressive commitment to helping young adults. Some of her spare time is spent teaching youth to sail at the YMCA camp Elphinstone in the summer months. Completing the return journey of the Victoria to Maui sailing race last summer she can usually be found racing in the many other competitions held on the Sailish Sea. The ocean courses through her veins, her free spirit, adventuresome attitude and maritime experience make her a natural leader. RCMSAR Station 12 is grateful for her commitment and involvement.

June’s Crew Member of the Month


Meet Erin Heeney, June’s Crew Member of the month!

Erin has been an RCMSAR 12 member for 1.8 years. In this short time, she has gained 557 total hours of volunteer service, which includes 117 hours of sea time. In the fall, Erin attended and was successful at SARNAV 1 and also received her SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency) certification. She has also completed her MED A3, Flood and Swiftwater Awareness Course and is a certified Pleasure Craft Safety Checker.

This past year, Erin was a co training officer for Station 12 – ensuring that training was top notch, covering all of the lessons to assist new crew to get out on the water and become the best they can be!

Erin’s hard work, dedication, bubbly attitude, knowledge of SAR operations and boat handling skills has paid off – she will be heading to RHIOT (Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training) school in February in Bamfield, ready to crush it, as she always does! Bravo Zulu, Erin!