Media Release - West Vancouver Welcomes the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific to Horseshoe Bay
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Horseshoe Bay, BC: Eight of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific’s (CCGA-P) 61 rescue units will gather in Horseshoe Bay on May 26, 2012, to participate in a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREx) event. As part of this exercise and to celebrate the arrival of the CCGA-P on the Horseshoe Bay Pier, the CCGA-P has set aside time over the noon-hour to recognize donors and volunteers, conduct an official vessel-naming ceremony and make a regional rebranding announcement.
Since January 2012, the District of West Vancouver has shared a usage agreement with the CCGA-P for the use of the Horseshoe Bay pier, which functions as the CCGA’s local operating base as well as moorage for CCGA’s newest rescue vessel which, at its 33-foot stature, was too large to be moored at its current dock space at the West Vancouver Yacht Club in Fisherman’s Cove.
Mayor of West Vancouver Michael Smith says: ““The partnership that the District of West Vancouver shares with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is one of mutual benefit and support. We are able to provide the Auxiliary an access point that enhances their volunteers’ ability to train, respond and ultimately save lives. These extraordinary men and women in one year alone, dedicated over 58,000 hours of volunteer time. Providing pier and station access to the CCGA-P is a small gesture when compared to their commitment to keeping our waters safe.”
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Horseshoe Bay Pier
Please Note: There will be standing room only for this outdoor event. Please dress for the elements as winds do pick up on the pier.
About the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Pacific (CCGA-P)
CCGA-P provides assistance to the Coast Guard in providing year-round 24-hour search and rescue services for the West Coast. The local West Vancouver station provides these services for the local maritime area which encompasses the waters of Howe Sound and English Bay, through to the Lions gate Bridge. The CCGA-P was established as a non-profit organization and a registered charity in 1978 and is made up of volunteer resources throughout British Columbia and Canada. Please see ccga-pacific.org for more information on the CCGA-P.
About the District of West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is the local government led by Mayor Michael Smith and Council. Home to more than 44,000 residents, West Vancouver is a local government which strives to "inspire excellence and lead by example". Our Vision and Mission guide us to pursue our treasured quality of life and will be the measure of our success as a community. West Vancouver is a community built on innovation, a strong spirit of personal civic commitment and a deep value for relationships.
Jessica Delaney, Director of Communications
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