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Local ski patrollers receive national awards

The Canadian Ski Patrol recently recognized the efforts of two prominent volunteer ski patrollers from Vernon.

Roy Chatham and Dan Dunlop each received awards for their long-standing service at the Canadian Ski Patrol’s recent national conference in Edmonton.

Dunlop served as the Canadian Ski Patrol patrol leader at Silver Star Mountain Resort for four years.

He began patrolling in 1998 in Ontario and has served on various patrol, zone, division and national committees.

He was an extended protocol instructor and has coordinated the ski patrol advanced first aid course and training in Vernon for the past few years.

Dunlop retired from the patrol leader position in April.

Chatham served as an instructor and training coordinator for many years since he first began with the Canadian Ski Patrol in 2003.

He trained new recruits and recertified patrollers in on-snow operations at Silver Star.

One of Chatham’s proudest accomplishments was serving as a patroller this last season alongside his 18-year-old daughter Laura.

Chatham retired from the Canadian Ski Patrol at Silver Star in April.

The Canadian Ski Patrol has provided first aid services to the skiing public for almost 75 years. A long-standing member of the Canadian snow sports industry, the ski patrol is made up of dedicated volunteers, committed to providing excellent first aid to winter sport participants.

The Silver Star Canadian Ski Patrol recruits volunteers locally in the North Okanagan and Shuswap regions. First Aid and on-hill training begin with registration Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the People Place in Vernon. New recruits are welcome.

Go to joinskipatrol.ca to find more information, or contact Gavin Mcgregor, Canadian Ski Patrol, Silver Star, at gavinmcgregor10@gmail.com.

 

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