Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

With summer showing up late for the party, it’s hard to get the mind in gear for the upcoming season, less than 90 days away. Yet the Zone is in full swing: New Candidate courses have started, ‘yellow’ card sessions are wrapping up, recertification sessions are in full swing and Walk the Hill Days are being scheduled.

Summer, even if it didn’t seem to arrive until September, was busy for Central Zone. Patrollers participated in more than 17 non-snow events from May through September, not only in Toronto but across Ontario, including Muskoka and Prince Edward County, working with patrollers from other Zones. Including winter non-snow events, our non-snow activities involved 19 separate events. Our bicycle teams worked closely with our Motorcycle Emergency Response Unit (M-ERU) patrol, and on foot we supported a number of activities, all with excellent feedback.

Our Instructor team was busy this summer, starting the recertification cycle in April, working with you to complete ‘yellow’ cards in time for the fall and completing their Instructor Yearly Update. They also took the time to analyze the results of the ‘yellow’ card initiative and prepare recommendations for National’s consideration.

The Zone Management Team and Zone Board of Directors met with Anne Haley-Callaghan, National CSP Chair and Ron Cameron, National Vice Chair in August to review our Zone Strategic Plan, the status of the WSIB Standard First Aid Training initiative and our preparations for the upcoming season. With every Zone in the CSP smaller than Central Zone, sometimes there’s a lack of understanding of what we do. Therefore, a face to face meeting was valuable for all parties, and we’re in a better position moving forward on a number of initiatives.

Recruiting is running ahead of where we were at this time last year. It looks like we’ll have strong group of eager, new patrollers to welcome to the CSP this season.

All this behind scenes effort is focused on getting you, the patroller who will be first in, ready for that call. To make sure that backup and support is on its way when you need it. So the next step is up to you, register now so that you have the flexibility of choosing a recertification course that fits your schedule. The leaves are starting to change, the nights are cooler. Snow and skiing is coming sooner than we think.

Welcome back for what should be a great season.

Mark Brown