Brent Kisilevich, Canadian Ski Patrol leader at Silver Star (left), with Sue Elder, recipient of the National Excellence in Education Award and vice-president of education, Inter-Mountain Zone, Silver Star-Sun Peaks; and Fred Haight, Inter-Mountain Zone president, Vernon-Kamloops, at the convention in Montreal.

Brent Kisilevich, Canadian Ski Patrol leader at Silver Star (left), with Sue Elder, recipient of the National Excellence in Education Award and vice-president of education, Inter-Mountain Zone, Silver Star-Sun Peaks; and Fred Haight, Inter-Mountain Zone president, Vernon-Kamloops, at the convention in Montreal.

Canadian Ski Patrol instructor wins national award

Top patroller Sue Elder is honoured at national convention in Montreal

The Canadian Ski Patrol has honoured Sue Elder with the Excellence in Education Award at the recent national convention of the Canadian Ski Patrol in Montreal.

Elder is vice-president of education for the Silver Star-Sun Peaks Inter-Mountain Zone.

“We are very proud to have one of our own volunteer leaders recognized nationally for her contributions to the education of our Canadian Ski Patrol members,” said Fred Haight, Inter-Mountain Zone president and Vernon resident. “She has been an integral part of our local ski patrol — training our volunteer first aid instructors and recertifying our Silver Star patrollers each season.”

Elder, an online school coordinator for the Kamloops School District, also served on the national e-Learning project team which was tasked with creating the first National First Aid online education program.

“Canadians from across the country will now be able to extend and develop their first aid training skills in an interactive online environment,” said Haight.

Brent Kisilevich, patrol leader for the volunteer ski patrol team at Silver Star, calls Elder an exceptional trainer.

“I remember last October standing alongside our patrol director for the Silver Star Patrol, Jeremy Griffiths, while he was expressing appreciation to Sue for the quality of training she was providing for our local volunteer patrol members at the SameSun Hostel at Silver Star Resort,” said Kisilevich. “We are fortunate to have her leading our team of instructors.”

The Canadian Ski Patrol provides volunteers trained in first aid to more than 200 ski resorts in Canada. You can find them locally at Silver Star, Sovereign Lake, Big White and Apex Alpine ski areas.

Go to joinskipatrol.ca for more information on how you can become a trained volunteer in your community.

 

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