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Retired CCGA-CA Members

Over the last few years, many have pondered what could be done to honour members for their service to the Auxiliary when they retire. In the past, when a member no longer wished to be active such as when they became physically unable to continue or wanted to retire, there was no real position or place for them except to be put on the inactive list. This left them out of the ´family´.

Retired Membership is for all members in good standing retiring with at least 10 years of active service in the CCGA. There is no distinction as to rank attained nor to what function they had, be it SAR, Boating Safety or Administration.


To apply for Retired Status please fill out the application form found in the Document Library and submit it as directed on the form

Retired Members with 25 Years of Service

25 + Years of Service

The following members have retired after 25 years of service to the CCGA

David Masters

Dave Master´s service with Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Unit (PARA) spanned over 5 decades.

He has been with the CCGA since its inception, joining PARA in 1971 and serving through to 2013.

Dave became a Coxswain in 1977 and continued in that capacity until his retirement.

He also served as the unit Searchmaster / Deputy Unit Leader between 1989 and 1996.
Dave was a vital part of PARA´s growth and changes over the years. He has mentored countless crew members and his teachings and practices carry on today.

David Masters

Richard (Butch) Dompierre

Unit Leader of CCGA unit FANCY CANOE # 131 - Tasked to Lake St. Clair, Southern Lake Huron and Western Lake Erie.

During his years of service to the CCGA Butch attained the following positions: Unit Leader, Coxswain, BSA, PCCC, DTC, Director of Operations, and Operations Manager.

And was recognized for his service by CCGA and awarded the following;
    - Certificates of Appreciation
    - Administrative Excellence Medals (2)
    - Exemplary Service Medal
    - Leadership Medal
    - Life Membership,
    - 30 Year Service Pin and
    - Retirement Status

His accomplishments were: 30 years SAR Coxswain (200+ taskings), Training Committees, ISAR Organizing Committee, Cox-Team Canada ISAR 2007 (1st Place SAR Planning), Initiated and lead Service Award & Ribbons, Retirement Status, and AIS, Drouin as our Kit Shop, HOTT Human Organ & Tissue Transport.

Most Positive Influences: Jack Krugar, John Hanbridge, Ron Quick, Murray Miner, Jim Gram, Don Limoges, Jack Goodman, Danny Coultis, Mark Gagnon, Bob Doran and last but not least, Anne Dompierre.

“It has been my pleasure to have been able to serve this wonderful organization for the last 31 years” Butch Dompierre.

Richard (Butch) Dompierre

Anne Dompierre

Anne is a Charter Member of CCGA FANCY CANOE. She attained the position of Advanced Crew and was an integral member of the crew ready to lend a hand wherever and whenever needed. Anne received a National Certificate of Appreciation (ISAR 2007) and the Long Service Medal.
Anne Dompierre

Neil Jardine

Enrolled in 1978 with the CMRA as part of Post 96 aboard the vessel Miss Jan, later a Pontoon boat was added as a secondary vessel. About 3 years later the pontoon was sold and replaced by a 16ft. Avion with 90hp outboard which was loaned to the unit from CCG. In about 1989 the unit moved from Forest to Sarnia and received the retired Sarnia Police Boat which was operated as the SARU. This vessel has been completely refurbished and is now the Colchester Guardian.

Over the years Neil preformed countless Courtesy Vessel Checks. He was also part of the first “Train the Trainer” class for the Pleasure Craft Courtesy Check courses. While doing boating safety Neil attended numerous boat shows and emergency response days throughout District 3. Safety talks were also given to many youth groups, service clubs and other organizations.

Neil served as District 3´s Boating Safety Coordinator and also carried out the position of District Director for 2 years.

“I am proud to have served the CCGA for over 35 years aboard the Miss Jan, Pontoon, Ava, SARU and currently Point SAR being tasked to many successful rescues and sadly a number of recoveries. I leave the CCGA knowing that there are a lot of great younger members ready to step up and carry on, and I am ready to step aside and let the new generation take over” Neil Jardine.

Neil Jardine

Peter Graham

Peter joined TOWARF Unit 008 (based in Oakville) of then the brand new Canadian Marine Rescue Auxiliary (CMRA) which would evolve into the CCGA of today during its first year of operation for the now CCGA in 1979. After a few years Peter was elevated through the ranks to the position of Coxswain one if his proudest achievements. Working with the crew as a team remained the ultimate experience regardless of which unit he belonged to, be it either TOWARF (Oakville), GAMRU (Grimsby) or POCOMAR (Port Colborne).
Peter was asked to become one of the original Auxiliary SAR Instructors and taught classes across the District and Region for all courses that the Auxiliary had to offer in their program. A strong supporter of the efforts to improve the training program, he participated in the initiatives for upgrades to the training regime over the years and was a champion of basic seamanship skills with classroom and the on water training. Peter was active in training until his retirement.
Unit Level Activity
      - Crew Coxswain at 3 separate units (TOWARF/ GAMRU/ POCOMAR
      - Unit executive level work at TOWARF and GAMRU
District Level Activity
     - District Training Coordinator (multiple times).
     - District Deputy Director
     - District Director (twice)
Regional Level Activity
     - Corporate Secretary
A keen supported of the community class units Peter participated in the design, build and commissioning of the 2 Dovercraft Class 35 foot steel hull twin diesel SAR vessels presently in service on Lake Ontario (Grimsby) and Lake Erie (Port Colborne).
Initiatives Peter implemented because he is a strong believer in communications for the membership was a quarterly newsletter and District specific website. At the Regional level Peter launched the first website for the membership providing them with access to training records/materials and Board related documents.
Peter was recognized for his service and efforts by the CCGA and awarded the following:
     - Long Service Medal (25 years)
     - Administrative Excellence Medal
     - Medal of Exemplary Service
 Peter will remain active supporting the local units.

Peter Graham

Carlo Caligaro

As a volunteer, Carlo joined Hamilton Beach  Rescue in 1974.  HBRU joined the CMRA in 1986.  Carlo´s membership # is 1134.  By December 1998 Carlo had completed SAR I, II and III. In addition, he completed the OBS 1 course (CSVE).
Carlo undertook additional SAR courses in 1999, 2003 and 2006.
He says: “ I thoroughly enjoyed being a PCCC (#236) examiner and speaking to many boaters about safety, navigation and etc.”
“I took a course and certified as an examiner / instructor for the ROC maritime.  Along the way I became chief of the Hamilton Beach Rescue unit.  Throughout my life I have enjoyed all aspects of your organization (CCGA) It made me achieve many outside goals beyond family and what´s important in life.”
“I wish you and the CCGA all the best in the future and thank you for all the work being done.”

Carlo Caligaro

Bill G. Powell

Bill joined TOWARF in 1970 and has been an active member of this unit for forty (40) years.  He was a well respected crew member and coxswain and a strong supporter of the CCGA which he joined in 1978 at its inception.

Richard Beriault

While his many years of service with the CCGA never warranted any rewards, Richard gained considerable satisfaction with the thought of potentially saving lives.  Richard was a crew member with the TOWARF facility in Oakville Ontario and served for 25 years with this organization.
Richard Beriault

Michael R Croxford

Mike was a valued member and Coxswain of the Fancy Canoe from 1984 to 2010.  He readily responded to SAR taskings at any time, day or night. The Fancy Canoe is based in Wallaceburg Ontario.  The area of coverage is from southern Lake Huron to Western Lake Erie with most centered in Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.  Mike was also a SAR Instructor and very active in SAR Prevention which resulted in travelling almost every weekend during the summer months.
Michael R Croxford

Donald R Grant

Served between 1979 and 2006 (Picton, ON. Lake Ontario)

In 1979, Don first heard of the CMRA - as it was called then - and contacted John Hanbidge. Don and his crew have completed well over 200 incidents in his 27 years as a volunteer in Search and Rescue.
Donald R Grant
Retired Members with 20 Years of Service

20 Years of Service

The following members have retired after 20 years of service to the CCGA

John D. Kennedy

John Kennedy, known more as Jack, retired from the Canadian Coast Guard in 1988 after 35 years of service.  Jack joined the CCGA as a vessel owner /operator in 1987 and operated the tug Cambrian based in Parry Sound.  Over the years, Jack was an active participant in SAR activities as well as many training events.  He kept his crew abreast of all CCGA aspects.  Jack was a regular at CCGA AGMs.  

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