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PATROL HISTORY

Welcome to the Patrol History page.  Here you will find information on the History of the Alpine Ski Patrol, events and happenings for the past seasons, as well as a list of all past Patrol Leaders:

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Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2017/2018 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Rick Goldenhar
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Doug McMahon, Sue Thomas, Scott Shymko, Sandy McVicar
   
Highlights.......  
May 12: Presented 2017 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 24:


The Alpine Ski Patrol Tear-End Party was held
    - held at Shanna's Place - Thornbury
    - this years theme: Superhero
March 24: This years Zone Race was held at Mt St Louis Ski Club
March 17: The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 10:

The 4th Pancake Breakfast was held
    - special thanks to Tracy & Mel for cooking up a feast
February 17: 

The Alpine Ski Club hosted RailJam 
January 7: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day
July 20-22:


The Alpine Patrol's Annual Canoe trip was held
    - at Rain Lake, Algonquin Park
    
- thanks again to Rick F for organizing

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2016/2017 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Rick Goldenhar
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Karen Muliss, Doug McMahon, Sue Thomas, Scott Shymko
   
Highlights.......  
April 29: Presented 2016 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 25: Alpine Patrol's Beer/Wine Tasting was held
    - held at Collingwood Yacht Club
    - special thanks to Jim R for the venue
March 19: This years Zone Race was held at Devil Glen's Ski Club
March 18: The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 11: The 3rd Pancake Breakfast was held
    - special thanks to Tracy & Mel for cooking up a feast
March 4: 



The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party 
    
hosted at Jackie B's
    
- MC's Tracy & Melanie
January 8: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day
July 22-24:


The Alpine Patrol's Annual Canoe trip was held
    - at Rain Lake, Algonquin Park
    
- thanks again to Rick F for organizing

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2015/2016 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Shanna Reid
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Karen Muliss, Doug McMahon, Sue Thomas, Scott Shymko
   
Highlights.......  
May 14: The Alpine Patrol was represented at the NAC in Ottawa
April 23:

Presented 2016 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
    - congrats top the Alpine Ski Club for winning the Safety Award
March 19:



The 2nd Pancake Breakfast was held
    - special thanks to Tracy & Mel for cooking up a feast
The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 12:





Alpine Ski Club hosted this years Zone Race
    - congratulations to the Alpine Patrol for taking home the major
       awards 
    - and to Rob R for finishing 1st in the men`s competition
    - and to the Alpine Team A for winning the team competition
March 5:


SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
January 25:



The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party 
    
hosted at Laurie L's
    
- MC's Larry, Tracy & Melanie
January 9: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day
July 10-12:



The Alpine Patrol's Annual Canoe trip was held
    
- at Massassauga Provincial Park
    
- thanks again to Rick F for organizing
June 12-14:

The Alpine Patrol gathered at Little Cove Adventures
    - thanks to Andrea V. for hosting us
   

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2014/2015 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Shanna Reid
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Karen Muliss, Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Sue Thomas
   
Highlights.......  
May 9: The Alpine Patrol were presented with a 'Life-Saving' Award
    - at the NAC in Montreal
April 25: Presented 2015 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 28:



The 1st Pancake Breakfast was held
    - special thanks to Tracy & Mel for cooking up a feast
The Alpine Patrol 'Over 20' Celebration was held at Alpine Ski Club
March 14:

The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' party was held
March 7:


The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted the 2015 Wine & Cheese party
    
- held at Craigleith Community Centre
February 28:



Alpine Ski Club hosted this years Zone Race
    
- Congratulations to Alpine Patrol for taking home the
       majority of the awards
February 7: The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed 
January 10: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day


News & Info...

A Great Day On The Links


On Saturday June 27th, the 7th annual William McNamara Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Glen Eagle Golf Club in Bolton.  Although we had some wet weather it didn't dampen the spirit of the day.  We would like to thank each and every person that came out to the tournament, making it a complete success!




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The big winners of the tournament were TEAM ALPINE:  Karen Hall, Barry Zimmermann, Laurie LeMaitre and Marvin Talsky.  We hope to see you next year as reigning champs.


We would also like to thank our title sponsor, K2 Skis, for great prizes that were donated as well as those stylish sunglasses in the swag bags.


Andlast, but not least, another big thank you to Scarlett House Catering for sponsoring our golf carts yet again, as well as all the other great sponsors for donating all the wonderful prizes that helped make the tournament a success.


From the bottom of our hearts, we hope to see everyone at next year's tournament.


Reprinted, Central Zone Newsletter, July, 2015




Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2013/2014 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Shanna Reid
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Karen Muliss, Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Dennis Haggerty
   
Highlights.......  
April 26: Presented 2014 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 15:  The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
February 22:

Joint Alpine/Craigleith Apres Beer & Wine Tasting 
    - held at Craigleith Community Centre
February 1:
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed 
January 25:



The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party 
    
hosted at Laurie L's
    
- this years theme was 'Summertime'
    
- MC's Tracy & Melanie
January 11:
The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2012/2013 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Glenn O'Connor / Ian Kuznick
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Karen Muliss, Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Dennis Haggerty
   
Highlights.......  
April 27: Presented 2013 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 16:  The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
February 9:
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed 
February 2:
The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    - held at Craigleith Community Centre
January 12:
The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2011/2012 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Glenn O'Connor
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Ian Kuznick, Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Dennis Haggerty
   
Highlights.......  
April 28: Presented 2012 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 17:  The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
February 25:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
February 4:
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed 
January 14:
The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2010/2011 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Glenn O'Connor
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Ian Kuznick, Doug McMahon, Ann Debrouwer, Dennis Haggerty
   
Highlights.......  
April 30: Presented 2011 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 19:  The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 6:
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
February 26:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations  
February 5:
Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
January 15: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2009/2010 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Glenn O'Connor
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Ian Kuznick, Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Sandy McVicar
   
Highlights.......  
April 24: Presented 2010 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 13:  The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 6:


SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
February 6:
Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
January 17:
The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2008/2009 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Paul Aitkens
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Sandy McVicar, Pauline Kiczula
   
Highlights.......  
May 9: Presented 2009 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 14: 

The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
March 7:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
February 14:
The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party was held
February 7:
Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team compete
January 17: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2007/2008 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Paul Aitkens
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Doug McMahon, Ange Sibbald, Sandy McVicar, Reg Bindon
   
Highlights.......  
May 10: Presented 2008 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 29: 

Tom Hall Roast & Sendoff Party
    
held at Craigleith Community Centre
March 16:
The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 15:
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
March 1:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
February 2: Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
January 19: The Alpine Ski Patrol hosted Safety Day

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2006/2007 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Paul Aitkens
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Glenn O`Connor, Reg Bindon, Loralie Oliniyk, Michelle Kiczula
   
Highlights.......  
May 12: Presented 2007 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 17: 
The Patrol 'Dummy' once again was entered in this year's race
March 11:
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
March 10:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
March 3:

The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party & Chili Nite
    
hosted at the Patrol Shack
February 10:


The Alpine Ski Patrol Pot Luck Dinner
    
hosted at Karen & Barry's 
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed

Patrol History                                   ....... for the 2005/2006 season

 

Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Larry Moody
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Paul Aitkens, Glenn O`Connor, Reg Bindon, Rob Reid
   
Highlights.......  
May 17: Presented 2006 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 25: 

The Patrol's 'Rib Fest' apres-ski was held
    
special thanks to chef Reg for his BBQ'ing prowess
March 5:


Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
    - Congratulations to Rob for placing 1st in the individual mens
       
and the Alpine team for placing 2nd overall 
February 25:



The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted at Karen & Barry's
    
- this years theme was 'Beach Party'
    
- MC's Karen & Judy
February 11: The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed

Patrol History                                      ....... for the 2004/2005 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Larry Moody
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Paul Aitkens, Glenn O`Connor, Jackie Bizzell, Kyle Schilke
   
Highlights.......  
April 30: Presented 2005 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 19: 
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
March 12:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
March 5:
The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' Party was held
February 26:



The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted at Karen & Barry's
    
- this years theme was 'Western Night'
    
- MC's Amber & Judy
February 12: The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed

Patrol History                                      ....... for the 2003/2004 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Larry Moody
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Paul Aitkens, Glenn O`Connor, Jackie Bizzell, Kyle Schilke
   
Highlights.......  
April 24: Presented 2004 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 27: 

The Patrol's 'Rib Fest' apres-ski was held
    
special thanks to chef Reg for his BBQ'ing prowess
March 20:
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
February 28:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
February 14:

The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' Party was held
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
February 7:



The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted at Craigleith Community Centre
    
- this years theme was 'the 50`s'
    
- MC's Tracy, Melanie & Larry

News & Info...

The STEEPS open for the 2004 season

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With champagne bottles breaking over the new Piston Bully Winch Cat and the new quad chair, an exciting new chapter begins at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood.  Five new seriously steep Double Black Diamond runs opened; Crescendo, Down Draft, Free Fall, Boomerang and Slingshot, which make up the "THE STEEPS".

How steep are they?  10 degrees steeper than "May Day", a Black Diamond at Alpine.  Within a couple of degrees of the winch cat's operating range.  Within a couple of degrees of the famous "Couloir" at Whistler!


Comments overheard at the opening were:


Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner.

Patrol History                                      ....... for the 2002/2003 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Rick Floether
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Larry Moody, Jackie Bizzell, Kyle Schilke, Karen Hall
   
Highlights.......  
April 26: Presented 2003 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 22:


The Patrol's 'Mexican Dummy' made quite a splash in this year's race
Hosted our first 'Ski with the Patrol ' Day
March 15:
Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race
March 8:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
March 1:
The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Chocolate Fondue' apres-ski was held
February 15:

The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' Party was held
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
February 1:




The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted by Terry
    
- this years theme was 'the Scooby Doo'
    
- MC's Tracy, Melanie & Larry
January 25:






Alpine Ski Patrol Day, where the Patrol hosted several events, including:
    
- face painting
    
- toboggan rides
    - tours of the Patrol shack
    
- button sales

News & Info...

Congratulations to Rick Floether, the Patrol Leader of the Yearfor the 2003 season.  Rick was presented with this honour at the Zone Banquet on April 26, 2003.

Patrol History                                      ....... for the 2001/2002 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Rick Floether
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Larry Moody,  Karen Hall, Tom Jakob, Judy Ross
   
Highlights.......  
April 20: Presented 2002 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 16:
The Patrol's 'Wing Ding' apres-ski was held
March 9:







Alpine Patrol entered a team in this year's Zone Race, hosted at Alpine Ski Club:
    
- Arranged at the last minute after Craigleith could not hold it
    
- 2 Alpine teams entered
    
- Congratulations to Team 2 for beating Team 1
    - Congratulations to Karen for her win in the Women's race
March 8:

SushiFest was held
    
special thanks once again to chef Ian for his creations
March 1:
The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Chocolate Fondue' apres-ski was held
February 16:

The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' Party was held
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
February 12:




The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted by Jim
    
- this years theme was 'Gilligan`s Island'
    
- MC's Tracy, Melanie & Larry
February 2: The Alpine Ski Patrol Mini Cup team competed
January 26:






Alpine Ski Patrol Day, where the Patrol hosted several events, including:
    
- face painting
    
- toboggan rides
    - tours of the Patrol shack
    
- button sales

Patrol History                                      ....... for the 2000/2001 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Rick Floether
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Larry Moody,  Karen Hall, Tom Jakob, Judy Ross
   
Highlights.......  
May 1: Presented 2001 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 17:
The Patrol's 'Wing Ding' apres-ski was held
February 17: The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' Party was held
February 10:


The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
    
Congratulations to Alpine Ski Patrol who finished 1st in OnHill
    
this year's team consisted of Ian, Tom, and Murray
February 3:


The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted by Tom
    
- MC's Tracy, Melanie & Larry
February 2:


The Alpine Ski Patrol Mini Cup team competed
    - Alpine Ski Patrol finished 1st in First Aid
    - this year's team consisted of Ian, Murray and Tom
January 27:




Alpine Ski Patrol Day, where the Patrol hosted several events, including:
    
- face painting
    
- toboggan rides
    - tours of the Patrol shack
    
- accident simulations

News & Info...

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"Ski Patrollers from across Southern Ontario gathered at Centennial Park on Sat, Oct 28, 2000, for a day long first aid and rescue course organized by the Central Zone Ski Patrol.  The first year patrollers bandaged volunteers and put them on back boards for a trip down the hill. Right, (Alpine) patrollers work on a victim of a 'ski accident'."


Reprinted, Etobicoke Guardian, Oct 29, 2000


The Alpine Ski Club (Collingwood) Experience

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"As your legs are likely hanging over the dock, toes soaking in lake-water at the moment, you're probably not reflecting too much on the blur that was your ski/snowboard season of 99/2000.  But maybe you are... as I am. The past year was a strange one from almost every respect; weird weather, slow start, fast finish, a few big-ass powder days, a few eye-popping deck-days, and just about everything in between; probably an average year after all.

I've come to accept that many people don't really know about Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood... whether they are patrollers or not, or even whether they're skiers or not.  Usually it's "Alpine... oh, that's near Blue, is it?", or "do you ever run into Steve Podborski?", or even "you should try nordic skiing sometime!".  Most club members who aren't on the membership committee probably like it that way - "great terrain & Conditions, less/no lineups, awesome views, friendly and professional staff, excellent instruction: "let's just keep it to ourselves".


Though our patrol is also known, or unknown, for a bit of the same, we have kept a loyal mix of both veterans and new-comers who love the club and its great runs, snow conditions and atmosphere.  Those who have stayed longer have in common a love for tons of mileage on their boards and an interest in improving their abilities, both as a snowboarder and a patroller. Plans of development for 6 more challenging runs (read steep!!) on our north side, more lifts, water from the bay, etc… all in the next 3-4 years have us all quietly (until now) salivating. For those of you who visited us at the zone race this year, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a chance to ski around a bit & get a flavour for the club.


If you're thinking that your club doesn't do it for you anymore or just never did, remember that all ski areas and their patrols are not necessarily the same. It would be a shame to leave the system without exploring other possibilities. Whether your choice is Alpine or not, another ski area, close-by or in a different district might just throw a totally different light on what it is to be a patroller. The common element of helping people, injury prevention and first aid would still be a main focus, but what about all the other stuff? Just a little food for thought to accompany your egg salad sandwich & ever-warming suds…


If you want to chat, give one of us a call; we'd love to talk to you.  The snow's closer than you think...".


Reprinted, Crosspatch, Summer 2000 (written by Rob L, Alpine Ski Patrol).


Patrol History                                      ....... for the 1999/2000 season

   

Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Rick Floether
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Tom Jakob, Judy Ross, Paul Aitkens, Rob Reid
   
Highlights.......  
May 5: Presented 2000 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet
March 25:









The Zone Race was hosted by Alpine Ski Club
    
Team 'A' (Rob R, Tom H, Terry J, Karen H)
       
finished 2nd overall and 1st in the 'Fossil' category
    
Team 'B' (John A, Rob L, Tom S, Amber M) 
       
finished 2nd in the 'Fossil' category
    
Team 'C' (Larry M, Andy H, Tracey M, Mel H)
    
Congratulations to Rob R (2nd) and Tom H (6th)
    
- Congratulations to Karen H (1st) and Amber M (3rd)
    
Software & statistics courtesy of Reg B
March 4: The Alpine Ski Patrol 'Marguerita' Party was held
February 19:




The Patrol's 'Wing Ding' apres-ski was held
The Alpine Ski Patrol President's Cup team competed
    
Alpine Ski Patrol finished 2nd overall & 1st in First Aid
    
this year's team consisted of Larry, Reg and Tom
February 5:






The Alpine Ski Patrol New Recruits party
    
hosted by Tom
    
- MC Larry
The Alpine Ski Patrol Mini Cup team competed
    - Alpine Ski Patrol finished 1st in First Aid
    - this year's team consisted of Ian, Murray and Tom

Patrol History                                      ....... for the 1998/1999 season


Patrol Leaders.......    
Patrol Leader: Tom Hall
Assistant Patrol Leaders: Tom Jakob, Judy Ross, Paul Aitkens, Rob Reid
   
Highlights.......  
May 5: Presented 1999 Alpine Ski Patrol Awards at the CSPS Banquet

Patrol History                                            ....... for the early years


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News & Info...

Volunteers are used to giving up a lot. 


But surrendering weekends of sleeping-in demonstrates a committment that would make even the most dedicated volunteer hesitate. 


For ski patrollers, however, that's just one of the sacrifices they must make to do what they love to do: ski and help other skiers. Two out of every three weekends, they're "at the lift ready to make the first run".


"I really look forward to that first run," says Charlene O'Connor, a clerk in the Assignment Centre who's been a ski patroller for three years. "The first run is the best one of the day," she explains, "You're the first one down the hill, and if there's any powder you get it." 


But patrollers don't spend their days admiring the beautiful scenery and working on technique. 


Far from it. 


Even before the first snowfall, patrollers are training for the upcoming ski season. Their intensive first aid course is nationally co-ordinated and takes three months to complete. 


And that's just the beginning. 


Each year they have to re-certify their first aid credentials.  


Once the season begins, patrollers spend hours practicing how to manoevre a rescue toboggan - basic rescue equipment found on every ski hill - under any condition, in all types of terrain. 


During the season, patrollers ski the trails first thing every morning and on a continual basis to remain alert to changing conditions. 


They're also constantly on the watch for skiers in distress, and ready to offer first aid to those in need. 


Charlene explains that she became involved in the Ski Patrol organization because it was a goal she had set for herself. 


"I felt that my skiing had improved enough to allow me to become a patroller," she says. 


In addition to allowing her to do what she loves, Charlene says that her volunteer work on the slopes has helped her meet new people, meet new friends. 


Like any volunteer organization, there are ski patrollers who contribute far beyond what is expected of them. 


A case in point is Bell installer Bob Baker. 


About six years ago, Bob (who has been a ski patroller for seventeen years) recognized that the one-person rescue toboggan being used wasn't all that great. And since "nothing was available in Canada", he decided to design a new one. He brought to the task his decade of experience training patrollers how to use the toboggan. 


Even though the one-person toboggan is "easier to operate and control" Bob sensed that patrollers would resist switching to a one-person toboggan after being familiar with the two-person version. So he and his team of volunteers designed one that is capable of being used as either. 


Their invention has proven to be such a good product that it's being used on slopes from B.C. to Newfoundland. 


Unfortunately Bob doesn't have a patent on his design, but he shrugs off the money-making potential philosophically, saying that such is the nature of contributing to a volunteer organization. 


Bob, Karen and Charlene are just three of the many Bell employees active in the Ontario Ski Patrol organization.


Reprinted by permission, Bell News, Ontario Region, March 19, 1990.

Patrol Leaders                                                  ....... 1960 to date


Patrol Leader History...

2016/2017 - Present Rick Goldenhar
2013/2014 - 2015/2016 Shanna Reid
2012/2013 Glenn O'Connor / Ian Kuznick
2009/2010 - 2012/2013 Glenn O'Connor 
2006/2007 - 2009/2010 Paul Aitkens 
2003/2004 - 2006/2007 Larry Moody
1999/2000 - 2003/2004 Rick Floether 
1996/1997 - 1999/2000  Tom Hall 
1993/1994 - 1996/1997 Paul Eichenberg 
1990/1991 - 1993/1994 John Ackery 
1987/1988 - 1990/1991 John Blais
1980/1981 - 1987/1988  Bill Kirkland
1973/1974 - 1980/1981  Ted Zubata 
1971/1972 - 1973/1974 Brian Rowe 
1969/1970 - 1971/1972 John Pallister
1966/1967 - 1969/1970  Bruce Owen 
1962/1963 - 1966/1967 Bill McGrail
1961/1962 - 1962/1963 Constantine Jakowidis 
1960/1961 - 1961/1962 Will Lardner