Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP), Toronto, Ontario, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The boating education organization, which first launched in 1938, now reports it has more than 26,000 members in 155 squadrons across Canada.
CPS-ECP has several activities planned throughout the year, starting with the Toronto International Boat Show, which runs from January 12 to 20. Visitors will be able to participate in games and contests held at CPS-ECP's safety-related exhibit displays, located near its show booth.
"We're also going to have a series of kick-off events in May,' says Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons' Executive Director, Walter Kowalchuk. "Our organization was established in May of 1938, so in conjunction with boats being back in the water, people can look forward to a number of events across Canada. As we get the local squadrons to confirm their involvement on specific dates we'll be posting that information up on our website.'
Kowalchuk says CPS-ECP will time some of its regional events around Safe Boating Awareness Week, which runs from May 18 to 25.
Anniversary celebrations will also include the participation of various levels of government officials at CPS-ECP's National Conference in Toronto from October 23 to 26 inclusive.
CPS-ECP's mandate is to increase awareness and knowledge of safe boating by educating and training members and the general public, by fostering fellowship among members, and by establishing partnerships and alliances with organizations and agencies interested in boating.
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