ANNUAL REPORT 2007 - Lifesaving Society

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ANNUAL REPORT 2007 - Lifesaving Society

ANNUAL REPORT 2007

Lifesaving Society / Alberta & Northwest Territories


ANNUAL REPORT 2007

Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories

11759 Groat Road

Edmonton AB T5M 3K6

Tel: 780 415 1755

Fax: 780 427 9334

Email: experts@lifesaving.org

Web: www.lifesaving.org

MISSION

To prevent drowning and water-related incidents for all

Canadians by providing:



lifesaving, lifeguarding & leadership education

public education

VISION

The Lifesaving Society saves lives, enhances quality of life,

and empowers communities.

STATEMENTS OF PURPOSE

The Lifesaving Society is the:

EXPERT in lifeguarding and water safety

AUTHORITY in lifesaving standards, education, and

rescue

LEADER in research and prevention of injury and

drowning

ADVOCATE for aquatic fitness and healthy living

PROMOTER of lifesaving sport

STRATEGIC DIMENSION

The Lifesaving Society:

• Initiates lifelong opportunities for community

vitality through safe, fun, active healthy living

experiences

• Develops, accredits, and implements professional

and industry standards, programs, services, and

products to meet community and public safety

needs

• Embraces responsible business practices for

sustainable growth and organizational stability

• Forges strategic alliances and linkages for

reciprocal benefit

Additional copies of this Annual Report may be obtained from the

Lifesaving Society office.

© 2007 Royal Life Saving Society Canada

President

Kevin Feehan, LLB, QC

President Elect

Chris Burrows, CA, CPA

Chief Administrative Officer

Barbara Kusyanto

Directors

Heather Barnhouse, BSc, LLB, MBA

Rob Campbell, BSc, BEd, DipPsych, MEd

BJ Kaleta

John Mervyn

Bo Wolski (Director of Finance)

Governor

Bruce Hogle, CM

Legal Advisor

Heather Barnhouse, BSc, LLB, MBA

Medical Advisor

Dr. William Patton

Chaplain

Rev. Peter Campbell

Piper

Pat Edgar Brown

Photographer

Ronald Kwan


Great organizations do not rely on their past

successes as a guarantee for the future.

ANNUAL REPORT 2007

The success of the Lifesaving Society in 2006/2007 is

directly aligned with our commitment to our drowning

and injury prevention mandate. The Society will celebrate

100 years of lifesaving in Canada in 2008. As the trustees

of the Society, your Board of Directors has set a future

vision for the stewardship of the strategic direction of the

Society.

Alberta is in challenging and exciting times. We

have set a growth plan to ensure that we are recognizing

opportunities for growth and success, deploying timely

efforts and resources, and having a priority focus on

member communication, support, and service. We

must continue to align strategically and have diverse

community partners in order to maintain the pace and

meet the challenges of the future.

We continue to be most appreciative of the support

we receive from the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks

& Wildlife Foundation. We are fortunate and proud

to be a partner in achieving the government’s priority

of improving Albertans’ quality of life. The funding

received from the Foundation continues to allow the

Society to provide enhanced sport and recreation

opportunities for Albertans and Northerners.

The Society welcomed our new Minister of Alberta

Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture - the Honourable

Hector Goudreau - this past year.

The Society has been advising provincial ministries

on public safety issues and regulations related to safe

swimming facilities for over 40 years. This year, we were

pleased to work with Alberta Health and Wellness in

assisting with the revision of the Alberta Swimming Pool

regulations.

We set professional and industry standards based on

our research and expertise. The decline in the drowning

statistics over the past 40 years is largely due to the

limited number of drownings in supervised settings. The

National Lifeguard Service certification is the industry

standard for lifeguarding in Canada. Multiple standards

put the public at risk and impact our customers and

communities. The Canadian Parks & Recreation

Association’s unanimous endorsement of a single

lifeguard standard for Canada and reconfirmation that

NLS is the single standard shows great support to the

Society in our goal to fulfill our public safety mandate.

In the past 40 years, the Lifesaving Society Alberta &

Northwest Territories has provided Canada with over

18,486 NLS certified lifeguards.

The Society’s safety management services and expertise

is available to the public and our members. Society

aquatic facility and individual members access our

consultation services as part of their member service

PRESIDENT & CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER REPORT

PRESIDENT KEVIN FEEHAN LLB, QC / CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER BARBARA KUSYANTO

LIFESAVING SOCIETY ALBERTA & NORTHWEST TERRITORIES


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value. The Society was hired for many safety audits,

facility design, and supervision and legal initiatives last

year.

Lifesaving Society education and training programs

and services are accessible and inclusive for all! With our

community development delivery model, all Albertans

and Northerners have access to our education and training.

We partner with aquatic facilities both municipal and

private. We also partner with schools, health units and

other community organizations. Private and public

organizations, aquatic facilities and individuals can

all affiliate with the Lifesaving Society to deliver our

programs and offer to their community, members and

customers the opportunity to be involved in safe, fun,

healthy living experiences. If we are to meet our mandate

of ensuring all Albertans and Northerners have access to

our education and training, then we must expand our

community delivery network and partnerships to others

who see the value of aligning with the Society.

Our program statistics have shown a healthy near 50%

growth with more Albertans and Northerners having

access to our full line of products and services for one

stop shopping with the expert in lifeguarding and water

safety.

With our belief that all school aged children should

learn basic swim skills, our affiliate delivery partners

provided our innovative Swim to Survive® program to

more school aged children and youth than ever. With

the provision of our new Swim to Survive® Toolkit and

the support of more partners like the Alberta Centre for

Injury Control & Research, we anticipate to reach more at

risk youth than ever before in the upcoming year.

In collaboration with the Society’s Ontario Branch,

we are delighted to be providing all Canadians with the

national swim program Swim for Life® which will ensure

a seamless transition to the Canadian Swim Patrol

program. Swim for Life®, the next generation, will be

rolled our in the next year and has incorporated all of the

research and input we have received from our delivery

partners, leadership volunteers, and public users since

its original inception in 2001. The Society trained almost

350,000 Canadian youth in our Swim for Life® program

across Canada last year.

Lifesaving Sport opportunities continue to grow

locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. With

new clubs being formed and members participating

in competitions, our athletes are in great position

to compete against the world at the upcoming 2009

Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Edmonton.

Member services are always our priority! At any one

time you have immediate access to eight professional staff

with expertise and support for all of your one stop shop

community safety and service needs. As we continue

to enhance our member management database and the

launch of our new website in the next year, we will be

sure to include our members and affiliates in realizing

the value of being a delivery partner for our important

drowning and injury prevention mandate.

On behalf of the Lifesaving Society in Alberta and the

Northwest Territories, we extend our sincere appreciation

and thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, staff, and

partners for the past year and the exciting future to come!

Kevin Feehan, LLB, QC

President

Barbara Kusyanto

Chief Administrative Officer


LIFESAVING SOCIETY ALBERTA & NORTHWEST TERRITORIES


As the lifeguarding experts, we provide a

comprehensive set of safety standards and

services to maximize public safety.

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The Lifesaving Society is the expert in lifeguarding

and water safety; the authority in lifesaving standards,

education, and rescue; and the leader in research and

prevention of injury and drowning. Aquatic Safety

Management (ASM) services provide the risk and safety

management expertise that complements our training

programs and standards. Our Safety Management

expertise provides communities with the knowledge and

support required to build, renovate, and operate safe

aquatic facilities. Our standards and expertise contribute

to managing risks associated with other aquatic

environments within communities such as rivers, lakes,

storm water retention ponds, canals, and farm dugouts.

Aquatic Safety Management includes the delivery of

services in four areas:

• Aquatic Safety Audits

• Safety Standards

• Court and Inquest Findings

• Facility Design and Operation Consultation

These services are not restricted to just aquatic facility

operation. It includes standards for public safety

education, aquatic sports, and outdoor pursuits. In

addition, we set standards for first aid, CPR, and AED

training for the public and workplaces.

As the lifeguarding experts, ASM services work

with our National Lifeguard (NLS) training program

to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for their

customers. Beyond the standards of the NLS training

program, our Public Aquatic Facility Safety Standards

provide public facility owners with the guidance required

for safe facility operation. Other ASM resources educate

lifeguards and facility owners with the latest research,

training materials, and safety recommendations to

support continuous evaluation and improvement of

safety systems at public aquatic facilities. Through

these member services, National Lifeguard is more than

a certification - it is the embodiment of the Lifesaving

Society’s whole system of public facility safety services and

supports.

Public safety has always driven the existence and

activities of the Society. As awareness grows about

the need to increase the effectiveness of aquatic injury

prevention efforts, the Society’s role as the aquatic safety

expert and standard setter will continue to expand. The

Society is committed to public safety and benefit.

Aquatic Safety Management Clients

• Government of Alberta Ministries:

• Health & Wellness

• Employment, Immigration & Industry

• Justice & Attorney General

• Tourism, Recreation, Parsk & Culture

• Alberta & Northwest Territories communities

• Architects

• Law firms

• Instructors & Lifeguards

• Media

• Members of the public

SAFETY MANAGEMENT

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR LARRY PATTERSON

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Lifesaving Society training programs

are about much more than aquatic

skills training. They contribute to

improving the safety, health, and

fitness of our communities.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR LARRY PATTERSON / MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER JANICE VIK

The Lifesaving Society develops, accredits, and

implements professional and industry standards,

programs, services, and products to fulfill community

and public safety needs. We are much more than aquatic

programs and training. Our programs reach beyond the

aquatic centre to provide training and safety skills for the

broader community. CPR and first aid training provide

everyone with the skills to recognize and respond to an

emergency - whether it is in the home, at the workplace,

or on the street. Our swimming, lifesaving, and lifeguard

programs help communities provide safe facilities

and provide the skills to safely enjoy aquatic activities

anywhere. In addition to training Instructors and

Instructor Trainers for program delivery, our leadership

training programs develop community leaders. Lifesaving

Society programs are a key part in developing safe

communities, promoting health and fitness, and providing

Albertans and Northerners with the skills to protect

themselves and their families.

FIRST AID TRAINING

Our first aid training programs (including CPR, AED,

and Oxygen Administration) grew by 22% over the

previous year. This growth is a reflection of the value our

members and delivery partners see in these programs.

First aid training reaches everyone in the community and

research has shown that it contributes to injury prevention

as well as providing the skills to respond to an injury.

The Alberta & Northwest Territories Branch partnered

with Ontario Branch to provide leadership to update

all Society training programs and literature to comply

with the 2005 ILCOR Guidelines for CPR and basic

life support skills. In June 2006, we were the first national

organization to implement the new CPR guidelines within

its training programs. As part of this implementation, we

provided information and service to our members and

many other community organizations and individuals

needing to understand the new CPR guidelines. We also

partnered with St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross,

and Canadian Ski Patrol to provide guidance to the

Alberta Government, Regional Health Authorities, and

Health Disciplines to understand and apply the new CPR

guidelines.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING

About 2,800 lifeguards were trained and certified as

NLS lifeguards - the standard for lifeguard training in

Canada. These NLS certified lifeguards are the foundation

for providing the high level of public safety Canadians

enjoy at Public Aquatic Facilities. The introduction of the

Head Lifeguard course added another level of training

and knowledge to enhance safety at our community

facilities. A project was started to develop the Shallow

Water Pool Lifeguard NLS option, expanding the

availability of our safety supervision training and

expertise to more facilities such as shallow water pools in

hotels and motels. In addition, the Shallow Water Pool

Lifeguard NLS option will support the development of

a local training capacity for shallow water lifeguards at

Class A pools in the Northwest Territories.


LIFESAVING SOCIETY ALBERTA & NORTHWEST TERRITORIES


SWIMMING & LIFESAVING TRAINING

Our Swim for Life® and Canadian Lifesaving programs

train good swimmers. Good swimmers have the

knowledge and skills to protect themselves in, on, and

around water. They can swim for health and fitness and

are ready for more advanced training. Lifesavers have

developed the skills to respond in an emergency and

contribute to community safety. Participation in Swim

for Life® increased by 40% while Canadian Swim Patrol

grew by 30%. Continued growth in Society programs

enhances the ability of Albertans and Northerners

to protect themselves while taking full advantage of

the fun, health, and fitness benefits of swimming and

other aquatic activities. We completed the review and

revision of the Swim for Life® program in preparation

for implementation next year. This program revision is

part of a regular cycle of review and renewal based on

feedback from instructors, instructor trainers, affiliates,

and participants as well as the Society’s latest research.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Over 3,000 Albertans and Northerners were trained as

Instructors and Instructor Trainers in 2006/2007. These

numbers are a reflection of the Society’s investment in

developing local training capacity throughout Alberta,

the Northwest Territories, and the rest of Canada. With

our Affiliate Member partners and leadership volunteers,

we continue to expand access to Society training to meet

the needs of our communities. Our leadership training

system does more than deliver programs - it also develops

community leaders who contribute to the health and

safety of our citizens.

30:2

This year, 1,294 leadership volunteers

were updated with the new CPR

guidelines to deliver training

throughout Alberta and the

Northwest Territories.

2007 2006 2005

SWIMMING 88,097 62,898 15,468

Swim for Life 88,000 62,845 15,379

Snorkeling 97 53 89

LIFESAVING 20,984 18,385 14,186

Canadian Swim Patrol 14,743 11,285 6,500

Bronze Medals 5,346 5,838 6,137

BOAT 567 921 1,268

Boat Rescue 21 16 26

Swiftwater Rescue 307 325 255

LIFEGUARDING 2,803 2,995 2,961

National Lifeguard 2,795 2,995 2,961

Head Lifeguard 8 - -

FIRST AID 6,705 5,714 4,749

Lifesaving CPR 2,332 1,841 1,585

Lifesaving AED 1,073 596 -

AEC & Lifesaving First Aid 2,853 2,761 2,820

Oxygen Administration 447 516 344

LIFESAVING SPORT 1,860 2,118 2,019

Junior Lifeguard Club &

Senior Lifesaving Squad 1,271 1,487 1,487

LSABNT Activation 540 603 520

Officials 49 28 12

LEADERSHIP 3,371 4,520 3,208

Swim Instructor 524 816 404

Snorkeling Instructor 6 3 8

Lifesaving Instructor 802 1,032 787

Advanced Instructor 379 611 424

Examination Standards Clinic 379 611 424

Boat Instructor 12 15 41

Swiftwater Rescue Instructor 4 13 16

National Lifeguard Instructor 125 83 128

Lifesaving CPR Instructor 800 1,018 775

Lifesaving AED Instructor 77 43 -

Lifesaving First Aid Instructor 83 76 88

Coach 0 23 1

Officials Instructor 9 7 -

Instructor Trainer 167 149 108

Branch Trainer 4 20 4

OVERALL 123,820 96,630 42,591

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Young or old, recreational or

competitive, the opportunity to

have fun and achieve amazing

results exists for all.

LIFESAVING SPORT

LIFESAVING SPORT DIRECTOR SEAN NICKERSON

2006/2007 LSABNT SANCTIONED COMPETITIONS

11.19.06

MacEwan Centre Junior Lifeguard Challenge

MacEwan Centre for Sport & Wellness

Edmonton AB (Zone 6)

01.27.07

Alberta Lifesaving League Meet

Hinton Pool

Hinton AB (Zone 5)

02.03.07

2007 Chill

(Cohosted by Camrose & Wetaskiwin)

Camrose Aquatic Centre

Camrose AB (Zone 5)

02.24.07

Jasper Lifesaving Challenge

Jasper Aquatic Centre

Jasper AB (Zone 5)

03.17-18.07

LSABNT Pool Lifesaving Games & Championships

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Edmonton AB (Provincial Meet)

Attendance: Over 250 athletes & volunteers

Junior Champions: Hinton Stingrays

Senior Champions: University of Alberta

Master Champions: Okotoks Great White

Lifesaving Society Alberta & Norhtwest Territories

once again contributed to ensuring the development of

lifesaving sport at home in Western Canada, across the

nation, and around the world.

Lifesaving Sport made great progress in 2006 with the

development of the Lifesaving Sport Commission and

the incorporation of Lifesaving Sauvetage Canada (LSC)

as the national sport federation for Lifesaving Sport

in Canada. Lifesaving Sauvetage Alberta & Northwest

Territories (LSABNT) will play a key role in providing

ongoing expertise and support as Canada continues

to move forward in the pursuit for long-term athlete

development and excellence.

COMPETITIVE LIFESAVING

Membership in LSABNT grew by half a dozen clubs

this past year. New clubs were formed by the City of

Calgary, Max Bell Aquatic Centre (Lethbridge), Drayton

Valley, CFB Edmonton Garrison, and the Ruth Inch

Memorial Pool (Yellowknife).

Our province’s indoor lifesaving league experienced

continued growth, featuring five sanctioned competitions

in the 2006/2007 season. This league once again helped

to increase the number of local competitors and an

increased participation at the provincial championships.

An overwhelming crowd of 250 athletes and volunteers

gathered for the 2007 LSABNT Pool Lifesaving Games &

Championships, the largest participation of communities

and athletes of all ages ever.


LIFESAVING SOCIETY ALBERTA & NORTHWEST TERRITORIES


PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY

Our lifesaving sport programs within the community

have been and continue to be the cornerstones of

building participation within this sport. Access to these

programs at the community level have not only allowed for

the growth of the sport but also provided the opportunity

for all ages to lead active lives through aquatic fitness.

Our Junior Lifeguard Club program is running in

all eight provincial sport zones and the Northwest

Territories, our ninth zone. Our Senior Lifesaving Squad

program offers a new fitness alternative and staff training,

recruitment, and competition opportunities for 14 year

olds and up.

SPORT DEVELOPMENT

Professional training and development for coaches and

officials increased considerably with the development

and piloting of our Lifesaving Coach courses through the

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The

development of more LSABNT training in the future

will include a new Recreational Coach certification and

the Lifesaving Sport Toolkit will focus on the necessary

skills to start up and maintain a lifesaving club within our

affiliate system for delivery to the community.

Administrative Officer Barbara Kusyanto provided

stewardship for over 50 Canadians to participate

as athletes, officials, and delegates at the 2006

Commonwealth Quinquennial Conference & Lifesaving

Championships in Bath, England. Work has already

begun to organize and support a Canadian delegation for

Rescue 2008 in Germany.

PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE

While our Lifesaving Sport Coordinator Jeff Arthurs has

moved on to a new career after 7 years with the Society,

his passion and vision for lifesaving sport continues to

be recognized and appreciated. Our new Lifesaving

Sport Director Sean Nickerson will take up the torch and

continue to move lifesaving sport forward in Alberta and

the Northwest Territories.

With goals of placing members on the Junior/Senior

National Team for Rescue 2008 and the Commonwealth

Championships in 2009, these 2006 and future initiatives

will help foster the participation and quality of athletes,

instructors, trainers, and coaches in all nine zones to

ensure the longevity of lifesaving sport in Alberta and the

Northwest Territories.

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THE NATIONAL SCENE

The Society supported Team Alberta at the 2006

Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships & Games in

Halifax. We came home the Canadian Junior Games

Champions for the second year in a row. We also

had three Alberta athletes appointed to be members

of the Canadian National & Development Teams

that represented Canada in Bath, England at the

Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in September

2006.

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP

We are very proud of the influence and role we had

in establishing the model and system for Canadian

delegations to participate in international championships

in 2006. Canada’s Chef de Mission and Society Chief

Countdown to 2009

The Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories

will be the Canadian host for the 2009 Commonwealth

Conference & Lifesaving Championships.

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Our Water Smart ® Toolkit & Swim to Survive ® Toolkit have

empowered affiliate members with the tools needed to be

water safety experts in their community.

WATER SMART ® PUBLIC EDUCATION

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR SUE SHERMAN

SWIM TO SURVIVE ®

Featured as our Summer 2006 Water Smart® Campaign,

the Swim to Survive® program provided affiliate members

with a solution to meet their community’s needs. Using

the new Swim to Survive® Toolkit, our affiliates equipped

over 10,000 people with important survival swimming

skills. Swim to Survive® was used extensively with school

bookings and day camp visits to the pool. Affiliates

hosted special events with Swim to Survive® as a central

theme and the Swim to Survive® standard was used as the

“swim test” to access deep water fun.

NOVEMBER IS ... CPR MONTH

PUSH HARD, PUSH FAST - GO 30:2

The Society’s simple CPR Instructor update enabled

leadership volunteers to teach the new CPR guidelines

as quickly as the information became available. The

Society kicked off CPR Month by launching a series of

year-round promotional tools for CPR training on our

website. Affiliates can now access these tools at their

leisure. Over 1,000 Albertans and Northerners received

CPR training through one of many Society programs in

November.

The production of the Water Smart ® Toolkit and

Swim to Surive ® Toolkit have been made possible

in part by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks &

Wildlife Foundation and the Alberta Centre for

Injury Control & Research.

IN THE MEDIA

The Society reached an estimated audience of over one

million people through the media this year. Our water

safety and injury prevention messages were featured in

community magazine articles including Reader’s Digest,

Family Health, and Your Health. Swim to Survive® was

featured in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s July

e-newsletter Canadian Health Link. Numerous media

releases resulted in radio and television interviews

and newspaper articles featuring injury prevention

information and our rescue awards.

The number of private pools in Alberta is growing. Currently,

there are over 10,000 pools in private residences. Drowning

prevention education is needed for private pool owners.


LIFESAVING SOCIETY ALBERTA & NORTHWEST TERRITORIES


The Lifesaving Society embraces responsible

business practices for sustainable growth and

organizational stability.

ANNUAL REPORT 2007

The summarized financial information presented here

is derived from the Society’s audited financial statements

for the year ending March 31, 2007. The Society’s 2007

financial statements have been audited by Yaremchuk

and Annicchiarico LLP, Chartered Accountants.

As the summary shows, the Society experienced a net

contribution this year. The Society continues to make

investments in new programs, program development, and

customer service. To ensure service excellence and success

in supporting our programs and services, we continue to

invest in the future while managing our costs. As a result,

the Society continues to be well positioned to continue

its mission of drowning prevention in Alberta and the

Northwest Territories.

Complete audited financial statements are available

for viewing in their entirety by request to the Lifesaving

Society Alberta & Northwest Territories.

The Society acknowledges and greatly appreciates

the support of our initiatives provided to us each

year through Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation &

Culture and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks &

Wildlife Foundation.

Summarized Balance Sheet as at March 31

2007 2006

Net Assets

Net Working Capital 243,288 196,150

Investments 688,764 672,380

Capital Assets 49,118 39,535

981,170 908,065

Fund Balances

Investment Capital Assets 49,118 39,535

Internally - Restricted 610,000 610,000

General - Unrestricted 322,052 258,530

981,170 908,065

Summarized Statement of Operations as at March 31

2007 2006

Revenue

Unrestricted 803,195 819,424

Restricted 147,390 129,053

950,585 948,477

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE BO WOLSKI / OFFICE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER DEBBIE HENSHALL

Expenses 877,480 847,941

Net Contribution for the Year 73,105 100,536

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It is through the involvement of

our dedicated affiliate members

and leadership volunteers that

the Society is able to achieve our

drowning prevention mission.

AFFILIATE AWARDS

MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER JANICE VIK

The Lifesaving Society annually recognizes affiliate

members who deliver the Society’s training programs

and promote public education. Points reflect the relative

degree of difficulty or amount of training and effort

required to achieve each level including the programming

time and commitment. There are 19 classes awarded

on the basis of accumulating the highest point total

in conducting Lifesaving Society programs during a

calendar year. This year’s Class 16 Anne Resek Swim

for Life Award and Class 19 Marlin Moore National

Lifeguard Award have been expanded to recognize

affiliate members who deliver these programs in

communities of varying sizes.

CLASS 1

Presented to the affiliate member for overall achievement

City of Calgary 19,705

City of Edmonton 14,875

County of Strathcona 11,845

CLASS 3

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 15,000 population, for overall achievement

Town of Okotoks 3,575

Town of Cochrane 1,760

City of Wetaskiwin 1,310

CLASS 4

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community less

than 7,500 population, for overall achievement

The Municipality of Jasper 1,760

Town of Wainwright 1,760

Town of Innisfail 1,335

Town of Drayton Valley 1,250

CLASS 2

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 100,000 population, for overall achievement

County of Strathcona 11,845

City of St. Albert 9,980

City of Red Deer 4,405

CLASS 5

Presented to the YMCA affiliate member for overall

achievement

William Lutsky YMCA 2,705

Medicine Hat Family YMCA 2,495

Castledowns YMCA 2,290

CLASS 6

Presented to the affiliate member, operating only one outdoor

(seasonal) facility, for overall achievement

Royal Glenora Club 765

Mount Pleasant Community Pool 670

Town of Devon 635

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CLASS 7

Presented to the university affiliate member for overall

achievement

University of Alberta 8,090

University of Lethbridge 5,310

University of Calgary 565

CLASS 8

Presented to the private affiliate member, operating one indoor

facility, for overall achievement

West Edmonton Mall - World Waterpark 3,181

Talisman Centre 2,515

Calgary Winter Club 1,515

CLASS 12

Presented to the affiliate member accumulating the highest

point total of Canadian Swim Patrol candidates

TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre 840

County of Strathcona 460

Town of Stony Plain 290

CLASS 13

Presented to the affiliate member accumulating the highest

point total in conducting the BOAT program

City of St. Albert 250

City of Calgary 145

Town of Ponoka 105

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CLASS 9

Presented to the camp affiliate member for overall

achievement

Kiwanis Camp 345

Camp BB Riback 195

CLASS 10

Presented to the associate affiliate member for overall

achievement

Kelly Carter 1,510

Inside Out Experience 950

Peak Experience Training Services 860

CLASS 11 Terry Cavanagh Junior Lifeguard Award

Terry Cavanagh served as Branch Governor of the Lifesaving

Society Alberta & Northwest Territories from 1980 to 1996

and Past Governor with the Branch since that time. As a past

two-term Mayor of the City of Edmonton who continues

to serve as a City Councillor, Terry has been a valuable

advocate for the Society at both municipal and provincial

levels of government. The naming of the Class 11 Award

recognizes Terry’s dedication and commitment to the Society’s

drowning prevention mission. The Class 11 Terry Cavanagh

Junior Lifeguard Award is presented to the affiliate member

accumulating the highest point total of Junior Lifeguard

members.

County of Strathcona 1,110

Town of Hinton 720

Town of Innisfail 540

CLASS 14

Presented to the associate affiliate member accumulating the

highest point total in conducting the BOAT program

Fern Reinke 240

Wizard Lake Marine Ltd. 55

Farnese Insurance Brokers 50

St. John Ambulance 50

WH Wilson Registries 50

CLASS 15

Presented to the college or technical institute affiliate member

for overall achievement

MacEwan Centre 2,630

Canadian University College 2,400

Lakeland College 1,220

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ANNUAL REPORT 2007

CLASS 16 Anne Resek Swim for Life Award

The Class 16 Anne Resek Swim for Life Award was inaugurated

in 2004 to honour Anne’s long standing active service and

volunteerism to the Lifesaving Society. Anne has been teaching

and continues to teach people of all ages to be Water Smart

throughout her career. The Swim for Life Award is aptly named

in her legacy. The Class 16 Anne Resek Swim for Life Award

is presented to the affiliate member accumulating the highest

point total in conducting Swim for Life programs.

City of Calgary 26,944

City of St. Albert 7,672

Westside Regional Rec Centre 4,265

CLASS 16A Anne Resek Swim for Life Award

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 100,000 population, accumulating the highest point total

in conducting Swim for Life programs

City of St. Albert 7,672

City of Camrose 1,854

University of Lethbridge 1,729

CLASS 16B Anne Resek Swim for Life Award

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 15,000 population, accumulating the highest point total

in conducting Swim for Life programs

Town of Okotoks 3,619

Town of Stony Plain 1,418

Town of Hinton 508

CLASS 16C Anne Resek Swim for Life Award

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 7,500 population, accumulating the highest point total in

conducting Swim for Life programs

Town of Killam 775

Town of Hay River 643

Hythe & District Agricultural Society 548

CLASS 17

Presented to the affiliate member accumulating the highest

point total in conducting Lifesaving First Aid programs.

City of Calgary 4,855

City of Edmonton 4,750

County of Strathcona 3,385

CLASS 18

Presented to the associate affiliate member accumulating the

highest point total in conducting Lifesaving First Aid programs.

Kelly Carter 1,260

Evan Poisson 795

Bruce Ottway 495

CLASS 19 Marlin Moore National Lifeguard Award

The creation of the Class 19 Marlin Moore National Lifeguard

Award in 2004 commemorates the 40th anniversary of the

Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Award. Marlin was

a candidate of the first ever National Lifeguard Course in

1964 and continues to be a supporter of the Society. A

Commonwealth Honorary Life Governor, Marlin’s lifesaving

curriculum vitae is long and distinguished. The Class 19 Marlin

Moore National Lifeguard Award is presented to the affiliate

member accumulating the highest point total in conducting

National Lifeguard programs.

City of Calgary 4,575

City of Edmonton 3,435

University of Alberta 3,040

CLASS 19A Marlin Moore National Lifeguard Award

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 100,000 population, accumulating the highest point total

in conducting National Lifeguard programs

City of Medicine Hat 1,970

City of Red Deer 1,770

County of Strathcona 1,665

CLASS 19B Marlin Moore National Lifeguard Award

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 15,000 population, accumulating the highest point total

in conducting National Lifeguard programs

TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre 995

Town of Okotoks 720

Town of Canmore 660

CLASS 19C Marlin Moore National Lifeguard Award

Presented to the affiliate member, serving a community of less

than 7,500 population, accumulating the highest point total in

conducting National Lifeguard programs

Town of St. Paul 535

Town of Wainwright 535

Town of Peace River 525

Town of Pincher Creek 520

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Branch Patrons

1959-1966 Hon. J. Percy Page

1966-1974 Hon. Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan

1974-1979 Hon. Ralph G. Steinhaur

1979-1985 Hon. Frank Lynch-Staunton

1985-1991 Hon. Helen Hunley

1991-1996 Hon. Gordon Towers

1996-2000 Hon. Bud Olsen

2000-2005 Hon. Lois E. Hole

2005- Hon. Norman L. Kwong

The Society’s Supporters

The Lifesaving Society works closely with many government departments and established

safety and sport organizations and agencies at both the national and provincial/territorial

levels. Together we pursue mutually beneficial goals in the prevention of drowning, injury,

and water-related incidents. Some of our partnerships in 2006/2007 included:

Branch Vice Patrons

1996-1999 Hon. Helen Maksagak

1999-2000 Hon. Daniel Joseph Marion

2000-2005 Hon. Glenna Hansen

2005- Hon. Anthony W.J. Whitford

Branch Governors

1965-1966 Brigadier J.C. Jefferson

1966-1970 Maj. Gen. J.M. Rockingham

1971-1975 Kenneth A. McKenzie, QC

1976-1978 Jack Boddington

1979-1980 Dr. E.S.O. Smith

1980-1996 Terry Cavanagh

1997- Bruce Hogle, CM

Branch Presidents

1958-1959 Manny E. Power

1960-1962 R.A. (Paddy) Johnson

1963-1969 Jack Boddington

1970 Harry Boddington

1971-1972 Tell R.B. Stephen

1973 Hobart J. Clark

1974 Carman Byler

1975 Rudy Berghuys

1976-1977 Walter A. West

1978 Bryce Gibson

1979 Brian Sullivan

1980-1982 Gordon Wick

1983-1984 Dave Linman

1985-1986 Neil Riley

1987-1988 Dale Drummond

1989-1990 Tim Moorhouse

1991-1994 Doug Mylie

1995-1996 Barbara Kusyanto

1997-1998 Jeanie Hutton

1999-2000 Lisa Wolff

2001-2002 Alice Park

2003-2004 Colin Reichle

2005-2006 Kevin Feehan

2007- Chris Burrows

Alberta Centre for Injury Control &

Research (ACICR)

The ACICR supports initiatives that

empower communities to create a caring

and safe Alberta, one that works together

to reduce the toll that injuries take. Thanks

to our partnership with the ACICR, our

affiliates and other community leaders

have the Water Smart ® Toolkit and Swim

to Survive ® Toolkit to conduct an allinclusive

water safety education program

for their community. With everything from

activity ideas to programming suggestions,

promotional and recognition materials

to inservice guides, these toolkits have

everything needed to teach people about

making safe choices while they live, work,

or play in, on, and around water and ice!

City of Edmonton

The Society gratefully acknowledges

the support received from the City of

Edmonton Hosting Grant Program to

assist in the hosting of the 2007 LSABNT

Pool Lifesaving Games & Championships

at the Northern Alberta Institute of

Technology (NAIT) Pool.

Government of Alberta

The Lifaesaving Society receives funding

each year from the Government of Alberta.

These funds are awarded through the

Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife

Foundation and are supported from the

Alberta Lottery Fund. The Foundation is

commited to facilitate opportunities that

work towards achieving the government’s

priority of improving Albertans’ quality

of life. Lifesaving Society programs and

services align directly with the Foundation’s

core business streams to promote active

living and to support programs that

enhance the quality of life, encourage

self-sufficiency and promote volunteer

participation. The Alberta Lottery Fund

helps to enhance and improve Alberta’s

communities by supporting many volunteer

and sport initiatives across the province.

Other Affiliates, Supporters & Partners

Alberta Parks & Recreation Association (ARPA)

Canadian Forces

Canadian Parks & Recreation Association

Canadian Red Cross Society

Canadian Ski Patrol System

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Sport Matters Group

St. John Ambulance

Swimming/Natation Canada (SNC)

YMCA Canada

ANNUAL REPORT 2007

Artistic Director Ricky W Lee BDes


Quemcunque Miserum Videris Hominen Scias

Whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in him a fellow man.

The Royal Life Saving Society Canada, also known by its trade name “Lifesaving Society”, was

chartered in Canada in 1908. The Lifesaving Society in Alberta was established in 1926 to meet a

need to improve public safety by helping to prevent drownings. We research and set the standards

for swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding, and drowning prevention in Canada. The Society responds

to identified needs in Alberta and the Northwest Territories through drowning and injury prevention

and lifesaving sport initiatives.

The Lifesaving Society is Canada’s lifeguarding experts. The Society is a national charitable

organization working to prevent drowning and water related injuries through lifeguard, lifesaving,

and swimming training; safety management standards and services; and Water Smart public

education. The Society represents Canada internationally as an active member of the Royal Life

Saving Society and the International Life Saving Federation.

The Royal Life Saving Society Canada is the sole owner of the National Sport Organization

for competitive lifesaving in Canada through its membership in the International Life Saving

Federation. The Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories is the Provincial Sport

Organization and governing body for lifesaving sport through its membership in the Royal Life

Saving Society Canada. Lifesaving Sauvetage Alberta & Northwest Territories (LSABNT) is the

Lifesaving Society brand for competitive lifesaving. All competitive lifesaving activity in Alberta and

the Northwest Territories will be operated under the systems, rules, and regulations of LSABNT.

The Alberta Government recognizes and supports the Lifesaving Society as the Recreation and

Sport Association for lifesaving in Alberta. Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture and the

Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation provides annual association funding from

lottery dollars to the Lifesaving Society. We acknowledge the support and are proud to work in

partnership to provide valuable sport and recreation opportunities in Alberta.

Alberta Registered Charity Number 11912 9021 RR0001

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