Sept 13, 2017

Dena HamidI am very pleased to announce that Dena Hamid has joined the National Office staff as our Bookkeeper.    Dena came on board with us on August 14th and we were very fortunate that she was able to work with Alice Hinton for almost three weeks prior to Alice’s retirement on August 31st.

Dena comes to our organization with many years of bookkeeping and accounting experience.   She has worked in several industries including health care, financial services, small business enterprises and has been involved in the not for profit and charitable sectors.   As well, Dena is an excellent communicator and has a superior customer service approach to her work.   I am positive that her wealth of knowledge, experience and her professional approach will serve CPS-ECP, its districts, squadrons, the CPS Foundation and our members very well.  

If you require bookkeeping or financial information, you may contact Dena at the National Office by e-mail:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at extension 2720.

Walter Kowalchuk

National Executive Director

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

 By Catherine Dook

“So you’re going offshore to Genoa Bay,” said an old salt at coffee that morning. Genoa Bay was 15 minutes away from our homeport of Cowichan Bay and hardly counted as offshore, but it was our first destination that fall. The fog had socked us in all that morning, so John and I drank coffee and gossiped with the neighbours while waiting for the weather to lift. We’d provisioned with cans of chilli, a sack of apples, and tanks full of water. We’d tested the engine and the anchor winch. We were ready.

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 By: Katherine Stone

Two-hundred-year-old homes are what ghost stories are made of, and Beaconsfield Yacht Club (BYC) has its fair share of both. Although no one has seen any apparitions, a former club restaurant manager swore she could feel a presence whenever she went down to the cellar to get supplies.

Shift back to the beginnings of an area known as Beaurepaire. The first land concession on Lake Saint Louis at Pointe Beaurepaire was obtained from the Sulpicians by Jean Guénet in 1678. 

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A Trip To Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva And Lake Como

Riva And Lake ComoStory And Photos By Iain Macmillan

Eyes turn and conversations on shore pause as one boat in particular approaches the Grand Hotel Serbelloni’s jetty that extends out into the sparkling blue waters of Lake Como off Bellagio, northern Italy. It’s not because the Clooneys, George Lucas or Richard Branson are on board, not this time anyway, the attention is on the boat itself. The world’s most valuable, most magnificent mahogany launch, a classic 1960s Riva Aquarama, is paired appropriately with Como’s most prestigious hotel, its Michelin star dining room and suites that have housed royalty; a perfect mix of pleasure, luxury and a distinguished history.

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