In 1941, a young Toronto osteopath named Dr. Douglas Firth was asked by the Canadian Amateur Ski Association to organize and train a first aid and rescue group to patrol the ski hills. Since then, this non-profit/charitable organization has continued to grow along with the Canadian snow-sliding industry.
Today, Canadian Ski Patrol membership is 5,000 volunteers strong and offers services to over 230 ski areas from coast to coast, including alpine and Nordic.
Over the past two decades, CSP services have extended beyond the ski hill to offer first aid/medical support, and medical team coordination for a long list of sporting events.
About the Canadian Ski Patrol
The Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) is the premier safety and first aid organization serving outdoor sports and recreation in Canada. It is a not for profit volunteer-based organization, whose primary goal is to provide promote safety and injury prevention and to provide the highest possible standards of education, certification and delivery in first aid and rescue services to the snow industry.
Gatineau Zone is the third largest zone in Canada, with approximately 400 patrollers who serve local ski areas in the Ottawa Valley, Gatineau and Eastern Quebec. Their dedicated team of volunteers are highly trained and skilled in first aid procedures which ensures that the public can ski and snowboard safely and with confidence knowing that our trained volunteers are there to help should the need arise.
About the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation raises funds throughout the year in support of their mission to support local charities and since its inception has raised over $4 Million towards this commitment. This donation to the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA is made through the ODBF’s new Community Fund, which allows charities to apply for funding of up to $10,000 towards new and existing programs or projects under the categories of community health, community development and community services.