RCM-SAR Station 59 Deep Bay’s Bill Veenhof
is January’s Crew Member of the Month

Training and Achievements:bill-veenhof-compass-01-2016

  • RHIOT-trained coxswain
  • SARnav simulator training
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
  • Five-year RCM-SAR member
  • Station training officer and administrator

From Station 59 Leader Lorne Erickson:

Bill joined our station in February 2011. He brings a wide variety of skills to our station developed during the 32 years he spent with the Royal Canadian Air Force and his five years on the board of the Regional District of Nanaimo. Bill was recently voted chair of the board and is also on the local homelessness task force and is a member of the Deep Bay Harbour Authority.

After joining Station 59, Bill went through the training program and subsequently passed RHIOT. He is now one of three station coxswains and has been the training officer for the past three years. During that time, he produced a set of standard operating procedures and gave a presentation on critical management procedures covering work-related stress. His dedication to the job is inspiration to us all.

When asked, Bill affirmed that working on the water with the boat and station personnel is the most fun. He derives a great deal of personal satisfaction from the many positive experiences he has had with the station. Any training officer will tell you that one of the most disappointing aspects of the job is the drop-out rate. Under Bill, that rate has reached a new low, and we are proud of the new people he has trained. They have gone on to become valued and productive members of the station. We thank Bill for everything that he has done for our station and for RCM-SAR.

This article was originally published in the January 2016 issue of Compass, The Magazine of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue