LCol Colin Goodman
It was with deep regret and sadness that we received the news of LCol Colin Goodman's untimely death. His passion for and dedication to search and rescue in Canada has been evident throughout his career, from flying front-line missions in the Labrador to coordinating the work of JRCC Victoria in Canada's busiest search and rescue region, to leading the introduction of the Cormorant to Canadian SAR operations at 442 Squadron. Most recently, those working in SAR across Canada have benefited from his experience, his insight, and the genuine care and concern that he brought to his work at 1st Canadian Air Division. Throughout his career, he inspired many with his leadership.
The search and rescue community in Canada has indeed suffered a great loss. The National Search and Rescue Secretariat offers its sincere condolences to LCol Goodman's family and friends and to the Canadian Forces SAR family of which Colin was such a beloved member.
France Bergeron, Acting Director of Coordination, NSS, will chair the April and October 2007 COSPAS-SARSAT Council meetings, to be held in Turkey.
Bill Nash has been appointed Director General of Marine Safety, Transport Canada.
Yves Villemaire has been appointed Director General, Maritime Services, Canadian Coast Guard.
Peter Garapick has left the Office of Boating Safety to work on the public consultation undertaking on Aids to Navigation in the Central and Arctic Region for the Canadian Coast Guard. Mike Taber will act as Regional Manager of the Office of Boating Safety.
The Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean, Governor General of Canada
Her Excellency The Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, was invested as Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard at a ceremony in St. John's, Newfoundland. The investiture was the seventh since the title was established in 1976.
Yvette Myers, formerly Harbourmaster for the Port of Vancouver and a senior manager with the Canadian Coast Guard Pacific Region, has been appointed Director of Marine Investigations with the Transportation Safety Board.
Mike Cook has retired after 28 years with the Edmonton Police service and has joined the City of Edmonton Office of Emergency Preparedness. Mike's new job will focus on Community Programs and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) safety.
Tim Charlebois has taken on new responsibilities with the O.P.P. and has retired from the National Ground SAR Council after serving as both its Chair and Vice-Chair for several years. His support and enthusiasm for the council were greatly appreciated by all. Jim McAllister of B.C.'s Provincial Emergency Program will now serve as Chair.
Walter Parnell, Laura van Zuylen, Scott Wright
The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada announces the following new directors: Walter Parnell, Nova Scotia, Laura van Zuylen, New Brunswick and Scott Wright, Saskatchewan.