Oct 26, 2017

ITFollowing the Conference in Vancouver last fall, the Executive Committee made a commitment to the members of CPS-ECP to make much needed improvements to our Information Technology Platform. Since then a three-phased process was undertaken and that will result in an updated, more efficient and effective system to serve the needs of CPS-ECP, its members, Squadrons, Districts, Administration, and Educational Services for now and for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 



Phase I – IT Business Needs Assessment

We contracted with a consultant to conduct an IT Assessment, which was the "Discovery" process. This step involved gathering information from the volunteer leadership across the organization to determine what CPS-ECP needs and where it wants to go with a new system. This made sure that the goals, objectives, and strategies were properly defined and understood so that the next phase, that of developing specifications, including detailed instructions of the architecture required, could be undertaken. In other words, the critical part of this phase was to do a comprehensive business needs analysis.

Phase II – Requests for Proposal

This phase involved taking the results of Phase I and designing the things required to transform Phase I objectives into specific roadmaps that IT Project Managers could use to build the systems (including websites), which is Phase III. Phase II resulted in the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a number of companies to give them the opportunity to present IT solutions first to our IT Renewal Team and ultimately to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

The RFP resulted in the selection of Innovexa Solutions as the company to build our new IT Platform.

Phase III – The Building Stage.

Innovexa has been working closely with our IT Project Team and members from all levels of CPS-ECP to ensure that they meet our expectations and build a comprehensive website that will service our Public, Member, Officer and Administrative needs. The website will be “Unveiled” at the National Conference in Charlottetown later this month. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to see what has been built and speak directly with the IT Team as well as representatives from Innovexa.

There will be further communications to all members outlining the launch details and the login process for the new site. Care has been taken to ensure that using the new site is an easy stress- free experience.

Stay tuned……..

Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations

Shards Top 5 Caribbean DestinationsBy Paul and Sheryl Shard

Do you ever dream about traveling by boat on sparkling tropical seas as winter sets in at home and the weather turns colder and grayer?

We used to.

Then, almost 30 years ago, we decided to take a big step and do our first bareboat charter in the Caribbean to escape the snow and experience a mid-winter sailing adventure in Paradise. (We were novice sailors then.) My husband, Paul, and I shared a boat with friends on that trip, which made it pretty affordable, and we discovered that winter sailing in the Caribbean didn't have to be merely a dream after all. We got hooked.

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This brief history of the early days of the LaHave River Yacht Club (LRYC) gives an idea of the DIY enthusiasm of the club’s founders and the unpretentious love of boating motivated them.

The LaHave River Yacht Club is located on the West side of the LaHave River, 12 kilometers south of the town of Bridgewater. Founded with 50 members who held their early get-togethers at the old Drill Hall in Bridgewater, since many of them were also in the Reserves. The first slate of officers was: Commodore - Ed Goudey, Vice Commodore - Fred Surbeck, Rear Commodore - Captain Malcolm Wilkie, Treasurer - Macgregor Miller, Secretary - Victor Killam.

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Covey Island Boatworks

Covey Island Boatworks It could be said that Covey Island Boatworks put Canada on the map during the early days of wood/epoxy composite boatbuilding. Today the company has diversified into fiberglass commercial fishing vessels, selling inflatable boats and hybrid and electric propulsion systems from facilities in Lunenburg, Riverport and Liverpool. Things were pretty basic back in 1979 when the yard was established on Covey Island, one of the LaHave Islands in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, by John Steele and two partners.

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