Message from the president
Last March, I was honoured to be elected by acclamation as President of our great organization. I am proud to represent the Auxiliary during the mandate entrusted to me and to work in close collaboration with the members of our Board of Directors in order to continue to develop our organization and to serve all of our members well. Note that our Board is welcoming two new members this year: Michel Lambert, in Human Resources, and Richard Bastien, in Training. Following the resignation of Léopold Béchette, the Board of Directors asked Daniel Michaud to assume the position on an acting basis until the end of the term. At the same time, we are pleased that Léopold accepted the nominative position of General Advisor to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors has decided to create a new position for GISAR/SMS; Hélène Diotte will act as coordinator. Patrick Gagné will support her in her new mandate, with regard to the national project entrusted to the firm “Innovexa Solution”. According to the information obtained from these two members who represent us on the National Committee, they estimate that 70% of the project is completed.
The following organizational issues were addressed in my speech and should be included in our discussions during Board meetings or in special meetings with Board members:
- the funding of our organization through the current Contribution Agreement
- the funding of our corporate fleet
- analysis of our local and national governance
- creation of new CCGA(Q) units, which may include the First Nations
- S.V.O.P. training
Nunavik also remains an important challenge for our organization and with the appointment of a new Development Director (Serge Jacques) for the development of this territory, we should be able to make significant progress as soon as the public health measures concerning Covid-19 are relaxed. Carrying out this project, and its success, also depend on the involvement of interested local people with knowledge of the maritime environment.
The year 2020-2021 is now behind us with all the inconveniences resulting from the pandemic. On the other hand, few of us expected that in 2021 we would still be grappling with Covid-19 and its new variants. Based on the current vaccination of the population, we should be able to hope for a certain return to normalcy, such as holding the next AGM in person! In the meanwhile, it is clearly essential that we continue to respect public health instructions during our various activities.
The new platforms, like Zoom, Teams and Face Time, have enabled us to keep in touch virtually with our members and to pursue a good part of our activities (meetings, training, projects, etc.). It is quite possible that these platforms will continue to be part of our environment in the future.
Despite the current situation, our members showed a good deal of imagination in 2020 in their efforts to respect our mandate to safeguard lives on the water bodies that we serve and we will continue in this same direction in 2021. All our services have been adjusted to enable us to offer a SAR response capacity and other authorized activities (e.g. training, prevention) throughout our territory. The instructions concerning the current pandemic have been updated for our organization’s various services and will be available on our GISAR/SMS site or through your unit leader or area director.
In budgetary terms, Covid-19 will have enabled us to save on certain activities (face-to-face meetings, training via Zoom, reduced SAR missions, etc.). The Canadian Coast Guard recently informed us that we can carry over to our 2021-2022 budget the surplus funds of $98,000 from fiscal year 2020-2021 as well as an amount of $32,000 for the development of James Bay. We will need to prepare justifications concerning the use of these funds and submit them to our partner, the CCG.
Have an excellent summer and take care.
Message from the Director General
The office in the second year of the pandemic
At the office, we have entered our second year in the midst of a pandemic. We have “almost” become experts at adapting. Increasingly familiar with technologies for working from home, office staff members continue to support administrators and managers as well as members in their duties. To comply with the public health guidelines, we have modified our work schedules, office presences and contacts (two metres) in our workplace interactions. I wish to thank my colleagues Dorothy, Jocelyn and Nancy for their collaboration.
Of course, we are happy to have been spared a positive COVID diagnosis!
Judicious use of public funds
As you all know, under these circumstances, we have significantly changed the past year’s action plan. We have been planning accordingly for this purpose! As early as September, the Finance Committee proposed numerous changes to our budgets. Fortunately, every budget change that we proposed has been approved by the CCGA in Ottawa. All of our services were able to take advantage of this to carry out many projects that until now had been put on hold due to lack of budget. March was the culmination of several acquisition projects, as well as upgrades of our prevention equipment and communication tools. This means that we are better equipped as we begin this new fiscal year.
The start of operations
At the start of each spring, Jocelyn Coulterman, our Operations and Maintenance Officer, works closely with the Operations and Prevention services to ensure that our vessels, AVs, are inspected and comply not only with regulations but with our internal policies.
Taking care of our vessels is like taking care of our members!
Over the past few years, we improved our standards and policies aimed primarily at allowing our rescuers to work on vessels that protect their own safety as well as the safety of the boaters and seamen assisted by them. We urge all units to follow all guidelines in this regard and ask that they not hesitate to consult Jocelyn before undertaking the upgrading or repair of their vessel.
Introductory course to the Organization
Of course, the pandemic has also forced us to postpone the launch of this new training for our members. As soon as the public health instructions allow it, a schedule will be made public as well as ways to access the training.
However, we would like to remind you that it has already been agreed that this “training” or “presentation” will primarily be addressed to all new members as well as to those who wish to obtain a management or administrative position. This includes unit leaders, area and service directors, Board members and the organization’s assistants, instructors and advisors. That said, we will be encouraging all members to take the training when space becomes available in the classes.
Distribution of masks (face coverings) during the pandemic
Our members have repeatedly expressed to us their appreciation of the distribution of our CCGA face coverings last fall. When it became evident that the pandemic was going to continue into this year, we took the initiative to order another batch. Over the coming weeks, we will establish an appropriate distribution mechanism to ensure that they are put to good use.
We remind you that this mask is made of three-ply antibacterial fabric, as recommended. Though it bears our logo, it should not, of course, be considered part of our uniform but as a piece of promotional clothing. You can therefore wear the mask at all times; we recommend that you follow its care instructions.
A thank-you to our members
Lastly, on behalf of my colleagues at the head office in Sorel-Tracy, I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the members with whom we are in contact daily. It is a real pleasure to do our best to direct you in accordance with the many internal rules and procedures. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to our building once the pandemic has ended.
We join all those who encourage you to respect the health protection guidelines so that we will be done with Covid . . . as soon as possible!
Have a good season!
Message from the treasurer
The new reimbursement rates are presented below:
Screenshot of the Log book presenting the new reimbursement rates
Message from the Directors
Message from the operations director
The early arrival of spring 2021 leads us to believe that this season wants to be recorded on our calendar in red. Indeed, everything is pointing to an exceptionally active 2021 season. April turned out to be problematic for some regions of our territory, with many daredevils venturing out on the water in mid-April, even before we had any vessels available. Some of our volunteers have been affected by incidents which unfortunately resulted in boaters losing their lives. We have taken note of this and will explore possible ways of addressing this.
I would like to point out that the Operations Service is welcoming three new area directors this year, namely, Jason Rodgers in Area 4 and Patrick Wilhelmy in Area 5. Following the resignation of André Audet, now President, the Board of Directors has endorsed the appointment of Patrick Gagné as Acting Director of Area 3, until the end of the mandate in the fall of 2022.
This coming summer is sure to be a busy one; you’ll need to be prepared to get your AVs up and running as soon as possible. Once you are compliant and inspected by a prevention advisor and a sufficient number of your unit’s members have submitted a Form 50, it is essential that you advise our Operations Officer, Jocelyn Coulterman, so that he can notify MRSC-Q that you are operational.
We would like to remind all of our unit leaders of the importance of preparing for the season. Our two internal policies that are particularly applicable to them, are “Politique Gestion Unités (secteur financier)” and “Politique Gestion embarcations”. Exceptionally, again, in the context of the pandemic, all members must also follow the guidelines presented in the following two documents: “Cadre d'opération COVID-19” and “Procédure de Mise en Service et Operations BSA corporative” and the one adapted for private AVs. All four can be found in GISAR/SMS. We recommend that you consult them before the season gets under way, so as to avoid many surprises, delays or subsequent frustrations.
As always, the Operations Service has been on the lookout for any new data that could require modifying their directives, keeping in mind our primary objective, which is the health, safety and well-being of all members and their families. As the situation has changed considerably since the last update of the document entitled “Procédures de Mise en Service et Opération BSA”, the Operations Service submitted the following changes, which have been approved by the Board:
4.) The CCGA will provide the units with masks for the protection of members.
Units are to procure procedural masks locally, using their operating budget.
6.) Unless otherwise authorized, there must be only two (2) people on board the vessel (coxswain and crew member). We should favour crews made up of the same 2 members in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Smaller crews are to be preferred; there should be only the minimum number of crew members required on board to safely accomplish the activity in progress, depending on the type of vessel and the body of water, as established by the unit leader and the coxswain. Crews should be made up of the same members to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
At the time of writing, most regions of Québec were in the red or dark red zone. The good progress being made in the vaccination campaign gives us reason to hope for a return to a more normal situation. Under the circumstances, the Operations Service is keeping up to date on new data that may require that it modify its directives in the coming weeks.
We would like to thank all of our members in advance for their collaboration and their sense of responsibility.
The Board is authorizing a change of the expiration date of the Marine Basic First Aid training certificates on file for affected members, under the following Transport Canada policy.
This adjustment of the validity period stems solely from an erroneous interpretation of the duration of validity of the TC certificate, made in the past based on information from the Red Cross. The adjustment is not due to training challenges caused by the pandemic and concerns only the Transport Canada certificate. A competency card in First Aid/CPR/AED issued by the other recognized training agencies remains valid for the period indicated on the chart; the period of validity was not updated in the file of the members concerned.
In addition, for the next season, when necessary, there has been a change in the obligation for all crew members to hold valid certification. The crew will be considered in good standing provided at least one member on board holds a valid certification.
In conclusion, these changes should make it easier to organize crews for patrols and standby.
The following criterion set out in Form 50 will not change this year.
“When the Direction nationale de la santé publique du Québec considers that your age group and/or your medical condition in your area of operation presents a high risk of complications from COVID-19, or advises/orders voluntary isolation, you are not allowed to join a SAR crew or take part in a CCGA activity.”
The current public health recommendation (consulted on May 3, 2021) is: “Adults who are 70 years of age or older are most at risk of dying from complications of COVID-19. To protect their healthy, they are asked to stay home [ . . . ].” However, public health considers, since January 2021, that “some essential workers who are 70 years of age and older are not required to follow the stay-at-home order.” In such cases, the unit leader is to assess the risk for the member, the impact on essential services for the public and whether the member can be protected.
Vaccination does not provide absolute protection and will not be a criterion for authorization to take part in CCGA activities in 2021. More importantly, vaccination is a means that does not justify the end… of protective measures.
Reducing and eliminating the risk are not the same. The famous 95% effectiveness of Pfizer or Moderna and 76% to 85% of Astra Zeneca, is effectiveness in reducing the risk of developing severe COVID after infection. I have no doubt that these vaccines are also effective in reducing the risks of transmission and acquisition. But there is nothing to say that this effectiveness is also 95%.
- Benoît Mâsse, epidemiologist at the Université de Montréal
So as Pythagoras would have said “When in doubt, abstain.”
Consequently, we will have to make sure that even vaccinated, we will need to exercise caution.
I wish you all an excellent boating season and prudence in all of your activities.
Message from the Northern and Arctic Development Director
Greetings to all of our Nunavik members,
At the last spring’s Annual General Meeting of March 20, members endorsed the creation of a new management position for Northern and Arctic development. This function will enable me, as the new Arctic Development Director, to have an overall view of our organization’s activities in this territory while sitting on the Board of Directors. In addition, I will be responsible for managing the budget allocated specifically to Nunavik, recruiting, training, operations and ensuring communications with our partners and the communities.
Having been Training Director for 4 years, my mandate involved overseeing all CCGA-Q training activities, including training in Nunavik. As a result, I took part in a number of recruitment and training trips throughout the territory . . . a territory, I discovered, where all communities border Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait or Ungava Bay. I have also met people for whom boating is an integral part of daily hunting and fishing activities. It was indeed a great pleasure for me to accept the challenge of this new position.
As you all know, since March 2020, the pandemic has effectively and unfortunately neutralized our activities in Nunavik, as your “borders” were closed to prevent risks of propagation. As a result, we postponed last year’s action plan to this year.
Summary of the “2021 Action Plan”
Exercises (SAREX) in our units that are already trained:
- Salluit U66
- Kuujjuarapik U60
- Umiujaq U61
Finalization of training (if the SAR vessel is operational)
- Inukjuaq U62
- Quaqtaq U68
- Kangirsuk U69 operational
With respect to recruitment, we have units ready to receive the six-day training program.
Lastly, the ice will very soon give way to open water. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that your SAR vessels are classified as commercial vessels by Transport Canada, which means that you need to ensure that all mandatory equipment is on board. In addition, your vessel should undergo a safety and compliance inspection to make sure that everything is in order. As a member of the CCGA-Q, you are required to set an example by wearing your life jacket or long Mustang.
Your Area Director, Michael Cameron, and I are hoping that the public health authorities will soon authorize us to travel and that we can return to continue our work with you.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Message from the Prevention Director
Greetings to everyone,
We have found ourselves in yet another season impacted by COVID-19. Despite this and as a result of what we have learned this past year, we have been active since the start of 2021. Let’s together look back at what has been achieved in the past few months to help us better prepare for our coming summer season. Upcoming activities will also be presented, as will the challenges facing the Prevention Service.
Increased communication with Prevention Advisors
First of all, the Prevention Service Team has set itself a 2021 Objective: to increase its communications with each Prevention Advisor. Consequently, since the start of the year, we have been communicating directly to each of you via email. This contact is more direct and more frequent, keeping you up to date on what’s going on and what’s to come. Please do not hesitate to share with us any comments that you may have.
As mentioned at the virtual AGM of March 2021, we have had the opportunity to carry out certain equipment acquisition projects that will help us conduct our future prevention activities. While we may have our doubts about being able to hold activities involving groups, in respect of public health directives, this material has already been acquired and will be available for the years to come.
Last December, we started on the projects and told you a little about them in last December’s Le Dauphin. The following is a short overview:
- With respect to a complete inventory of everything that is used in the areas or stored in our warehouses, we have drawn up a list of additional equipment acquired for the blue bags that we use at kiosks or fairs. These purchases made it possible to replace obsolete, missing or broken equipment.
- A new Bobbie arrived in Sorel early this year. Our colleague, Pierre Archambault, is currently working on its commissioning.
- Other materials/equipment have been acquired and could be used for both our prevention activities and for communication activities (e.g. CCGA(Q) banners, new smart televisions, prevention bookmarks, one new kiosk for trade shows, etc.). This material will be distributed to designated locations in each of the Areas.
- The Introduction to Prevention course is being set up and should be finalized and available by the end of June 2021.
- Video capsules have been developed and can be broadcast on various platforms (ref: CCGA Facebook page, etc.)
Update of Advisors / Training of New Prevention Advisors
This year we were able to better prepare and develop virtual sessions via Zoom. The initial sessions started on April 13, 2021 and, in total, we will have held 8 sessions for updates and 4 sessions for the training of new Advisors. We can be proud of our members’ involvement because 55 new Advisors who completed their training last May have been added to the already active 124 Advisors, bringing us to a total of 179 Prevention Advisors. Our thanks to Marc Racine, Nathalie Boivin and Roch Anctil of the Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety (OBS).
Despite the context of a pandemic, I believe that we will nonetheless be in a better position, as a result of what we have learned this past year, through the progress of the vaccination program and through our Special Operating Procedures. And I believe that it would be good to give ourselves the challenge of each Prevention Advisor carrying out 5 courtesy checks.
Information from the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)
We held 3 information sessions, given by Robert Dorais, on the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s Digital Transformation Initiative and also on the new nautical charts to be completed at the same time as the courtesy checks. For those who were unable to join the sessions, the presentation by Robert Dorais can be found under GISAR/SMS/Prevention. Our thanks to Robert and the CHS team.
Compliance inspections of our AVs
For 2021, Jocelyn Coulterman is maintaining the objective of performing general inspections of corporate vessels in person because he was unable to do so in 2020. It is important to have a good visual inspection. Also, the decision was made to carry out the compliance inspection at the same time as the general inspection, and also in person, while respecting public health instructions. Thanks go to Louise Laramée for her collaboration and thoroughness, ensuring the standardization of equipment on board our corporate AVs.
Compliance inspections of private AVs and fishing vessel AVs were also carried out across the 5 Areas. Jocelyn and Louise see to the rigorous monitoring of the list of authorized AVs.
A few other active files
- June 16 to 22, 2021 will be the Safe Boating Awareness Week, sponsored by Nautisme Québec and Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety (OBS ). This year, the CCGA(Q) is a member of the organizing committee, through the involvement of Jean-Pierre Rancourt. Consideration will be given to carrying out a blitz of prevention activities during the weekend of June 19-20 (e.g. boating patrols, courtesy checks, presence in marinas, contact with the media, etc.).
- At the beginning of the year, we started working on forging a partnership with Nautisme Québec. This work is ongoing, a collaborative effort that is important for the CCGA(Q), as it not only gives the Auxiliary more visibility, it also makes it better known. Some great accomplishments have already been realized.
- We will need to assess the organization of the Salons du Bateau à flots in September 2021.
- A number of you will have noticed that under GISAR(SMS)/Prevention, we have filed various documents in order to create a bank of reference documents accessible at all times to Prevention Advisors and other members.
We continue to work on other issues such as:
- clear, stimulating and unifying objectives
- constant collaboration with the other services
- our involvement in a national project on developing new prevention tools
- the training of new Bobbie operators.
We still have some fantastic projects and challenges for the coming months. The year 2021, in terms of operations and activities, will nonetheless be a little more normal than 2020. It is a given that the waterways will still be very busy. Despite everything, we remain prudent and I believe that we have all the tools needed to carry out our activities in complete safety, by respecting public health instructions and the Special Operating Procedures that we put in place in 2020.
Thank you for your active involvement. Have a fine 2021 season.
Message from the Training Director
First, I would like to present myself:
My name is Richard Bastien and I have been a member of the CCGA for the past 7 years. In that time, I have held a number of functions:
- In charge of the emergency team (4 years)
- Training assistant in Area 4 (4.5 years)
- Advisor to instructors (1 year)
In all, I have completed a total of 98 missions and have more than 2500 volunteer hours within the CCGA (Q).
My first position as Red Cross instuctor goes back 40 years. My knowledge of first responder and emergency medical responder is added to a professional profile as full-time secondary school teacher, which I began in 1985.
My taste for the nautical world goes back to when I was 11 years old. My teenage years included canoeing expeditions and competitive swimming. I first took an interest in power recreational boating experiences when I was 25 years old.
Throughout my professional career, I have participated in exam validation committees, staff selection, occupational health and safety committees, among others. For the past 10 years or so, I have been sitting on an emergency committee.
In addition, I was and continue to be very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet so many exceptional individuals throughout my professional caeer and within the CCGA. Please rest assured that I will put my heart and my knowledge and experience into the Training Service for the next four years, in order to continue the work begun by Serge Jacques and our training team. Changes are under way and new training assistants in areas 3 and 5 will continue to enhance our service offering.
A number of priorities await us (first aid, Rescuer 1, SVOP, online teaching, instructor training) but I can assure you that the training assistants and I will be working with you in taking up the challenges of the current season and future seasons.
In closing, I would like to congratulate the Training Service for its involvement. Thank you for your support. I hope to see you soon through videoconferencing—for as long as the current public health situation so requires—and, it is hoped, in person and on the water!
Message from the Human Resources Director
We have yet another very challenging season upon us.
As was the case last year, no one is required to physically take part in activities this year.
For those members who wish to do so, the COVID-19 Risk Acceptance Form 50 is required. If you completed it last year, you need only let your unit leader know that you remain available.
There are several other ways to remain active; ask your unit leader how you can help. You can take part in unit meetings via ZOOM as well as the introductory online course on oil spills.
Over the past few years, we have documented HR policies and the team wants to build on the momentum:
- Continue the tradition of holding a recognition evening
- Develop a welcome guide for new members
- Develop an integration guide for new members, ranging from acceptances to the lifting of probation
- Identify scenarios for holding the recognition evening in a post-COVID context
- Support unit leaders in the management of their members
- Collaborate on initiatives to mobilize members between boating seasons
- Encourage members to consider becoming the next generation of unit leaders or assistant.
The HR team is here for our members. Do not hesitate to contact the assistant of your area.
Have a great 2021 season!
Message from the Communications Director
My first two-year term has already come to an end and I do not know whether, like me, you find that time has been moving along rather quickly. The realization comes to mind, spontaneously, while writing this article, about the importance of all the people involved and with whom I have had the opportunity to discuss and accomplish projects during that period. As well, there are the varied number of files that were processed at all levels of the organization. I can confirm that two years ago, I had no real idea as to all that I was going to discover and, more importantly, the extent to which our volunteer organization was going to bring me to surpass myself.
At the last Annual General Meeting, I sought a second term, propelled by the desire and interest to continue the work with the Communications Team, the Board, the members and the different partners. I am enthusiastic to be undertaking this second term, bolstered by a better knowledge and understanding of our organization.
I would like to present our exceptional 2021-2022 Communications Team whose members, like me, want to work as a team and work as closely as possible with the membership of the CCGA-Q and its partners.
Team work implies a work plan.
As presented at the AGM, for 2021-2022, we will be addressing various issues, including:
- Supporting the units in their communication needs
- Developing tools and defining a way of doing solicitation
- Providing the CCGA-Q with a team of spokespersons
- Producing Le Dauphin with everyone’s collaboration
- Collaborating in implementing the Internet component in GISAR 2
- Working in collaboration with the different services
- Finding a bilingual voice for audiovisual narration
- Defining a new business card model that is compliant and accessible to all authorized individuals
- Working to maintain and harmonize the organization’s brand image
- Continuing to develop the Facebook page
- Working to enhance the photo bank
As you already know, the Communications Team’s goal is to have 100% of CCGA-Q members signed on as members of its Facebook page within two years (put an access link in the software to access it) and to have a number of members submit texts and photos to it.
In closing, in my opinion, all internal or external communications are responsibilities to be shared by everyone, in addition to complying with our policies and our brand image. I invite you to read our column “Saviez-vous que” in which are presented a few examples of what I mean by branding, where everyone has responsibilities (e.g. wearing the uniform properly, our way of entering into relationships with each other and with the general public, in our virtual writings and when we affix our signage, etc.)
My sincere thanks for teaming up with the Communications Team because, as I believe and often like to say, “Alone, I may be going faster but together, we will definitely go further… “.
Fair winds and following seas…
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CCGA (Q) 2021-2022
I am pleased to inform you of the composition of your Board of directors for 2021-2022, following the last AGM held by videoconference on March 20th:
- President : André Audet
- Secretary : Anita Pedneault
- General manager : Louis Melançon
- Treasurer : Daniel Michaud
- Communications Director : Pauline Girard
- Training Director: Richard Bastien
- Opérations Director : Claude Fortin
- Prevention Director : André Couturier
- Human Resources Director: Michel Lambert
- Northern and Arctic Development Director: Serge Jacques
- General Advisor : Léopold Béchette
I wish you all an excellent season!
List of Directors & Assistants 2020/2021
We are proudly providing you with an update of our Zone Directors and Zone Assistants for the period of 2020/2021 (update November 15, 2020)
- Zone 1 : Lucie Lessard
- Zone 2 : Ted Savage
- Zone 3 : Patrick Gagné
- Zone 4 : Jason Rodgers
- Zone 5 : Patrick Wilhelmy
- Zone 6 : Michael Cameron
- Zone 1 : Émile Bélanger
- Zone 2 : Jean-François Tremblay
- Zone 3 : Éric Marin
- Zone 4 : Nicolas Despatis
- Zone 5 : Michel Martin
- Zone 6 : To be filled
- Zone 1 : Lucie Lessard (Intérim)
- Zone 2 : René Bernier
- Zone 3 : To be filled
- Zone 4 : Michel Bourgeois
- Zone 5 : Serge Ouellette
- Zone 6 : To be filled
- Zone 1 : André Couturier (Interim)
- Zone 2 : Simon-Olivier Bertrand
- Zone 3 : Lisanne Poisson
- Zone 4 : André Bastille
- Zone 5 : Jean-Pierre Rancourt
- Zone 6 : To be filled
Human resources Assistants
- Zone 1 : Yanick Émond
- Zone 2 : Gaston Ledeuil
- Zone 3 : Michel Lambert (Interim)
- Zone 4 : Hugo St-Laurent
- Zone 5 : Suzanne D’Allaire
- Zone 6 : To be filled
THANK YOU LETTER FROM TRANSPORT CANADA
News from zone 5
Unit 05-08: Lake St. Louis west:
Unit members Paul Mclean and Michel Deschenes on Auxiliary 1293 of Unit 05-08.
The Auxiliary 1293 was launched on May 2 at Baie D'Urfe Yacht Club and the team is ready to answer calls 24/7.
Message from the Canadian Coast Guard
Coast Guard is proud to extend its Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program to Coast Guard Auxiliary members.
Being on the front line puts you at greater risk of being exposed to critical incidents and traumatic events due to the nature of your work. The effects of critical incidents and traumatic events on individuals are wide ranging and unpredictable. For this reason, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) was developed to educate, and provide support and assistance to individuals who have been involved in a critical incident or traumatic event.
CISM services may be offered in response to work or workplace-related events including but not limited to:
- Line of duty death or serious injury;
- Victim of physical violence in the line of duty;
- Personally threatening situations related to duties;
- Working in an area where a critical incident or traumatic event is occurring, even though not directly exposed to this situation;
- Any incident garnering intensive or negative media coverage;
- Situations involving children; and/or
- Prolonged incidents (extensive duration).
The CISM team is composed of qualified trained members, with persons from various operational backgrounds and geographical locations creating a peer-support network. Peer teams will have the capacity to provide adequate support services in both official languages. Central will provide services to Arctic until an Arctic team is established.
CCG and DFO treats the privacy and protection of personal information seriously. The CISM Program adheres to the Privacy Act and associated directives and guidelines. Those delivering the CISM Program treat information in a confidential manner and work hard to ensure the protection of privacy and personal information.
CISM applies to individuals conducting work on departmental premises, or while conducting work on any other premises, to the extent that the work activity is controlled by the Department. This includes the following groups:
a. The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary when members are tasked by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, in which case those RCMSAR and CCG Auxiliary members will be offered CISM on request as soon as possible following a critical incident or traumatic event.
Martin Dufour, Deputy Superintendent,Marine Search and Rescue Central Region St-Lawrence sector Incident Management Service Branch, Canadian Coast Guard