Over a dozen members make up the crew positions which include Coxswain, Helm, Navigator, Radio and Deckhand roles. (We would like to thank our invisible heroes, Angela and the two Tim's who work behind the scenes to keep the operation humming.)
Commanding Officer - Ivan Simokovic
Ivan is a Squadron Commander and a District Officer with Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. He is a Transport Canada recognized examiner for PCOC and VHF as well as a certified instructor for the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ivan has been a T-SAR volunteer since 2015.
Board of Directors
Chair - HCol Patrick S. Curtis BA, CIM, FCSI
In 2012, Patrick founded Toronto Search and Rescue - Marine (T-SAR). He is a Senior Wealth Manager and Portfolio Manager at a major Canadian bank. He is a past Honorary Colonel of RCAF 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, a past Director and Vice-President of the NATO Association of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada.
- Vice Chair, Operations & Media/PR - Colleen McCourt
Colleen is a highly-respected and tenured PR professional who has worked in media, marketing and communications for over 25 years, including the Canadian International Air Show. She specializes in Media Relations and Government/Public Affairs with a diverse background in the private and public sectors. She is the lead communications strategist at Front Door PR and is the founder of Strategy Plus Communications. She currently sits on the Board of Governors with the Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee. She has had the pleasure of working with numerous charities, the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Fire Department, and Toronto Board of Health.
- Vice-Chair, Philanthropy - Kathryn E Langley Hope RN BScN CLT MA(cand)
Kathryn is president of K E Hope Consultants for 30+ years, focusing on both practice and patient care management, ergonomics, education and research, in the allopathic and complementary health fields, privately, institutionally and in the community and of LaserHopeAssociates, 'specializing in proven innovative technologies', now utilizing Low Intensity Laser Therapy. Educated at The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, Toronto, then U of T, graduating from U of Windsor, led her to the start of a challenging, very diverse, exceptional career in Canada and the US. Kathryn brings a breadth of volunteer service, including being a Member of the ROM's Currelly Society and RPC, the Bata Shoe Museum Collector's Circle, Canada Company, the RCMI: Member and Benefactor, the NATO Ass'n of Canada: Chair and benefactor, Brushamania: Board Member and supporter, along with involvement in multiple Regiments/Organizations supporting the families and members of our Canadian Forces and the NTCC Annual 'Kettle' Campaign as a Leader for 15+ years. As a Rotary Paul Harris 4 Sapphire Fellow, a Nightingale Honour Roll Nominee, Dame of The Order of St George and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, these indicate, some of that depth which she brings to our board.
- Becky Coles - Director, Social Media
Becky is a 20 year radio broadcasting veteran, with the majority of her time spent as a talk radio producer. She is the recipient of an RTDNA Award for her audio documentary Suffering In Silence that highlighted the struggle of PTSD for First Responders, Corrections and the Military. She currently produces podcasts with Story Studio Network.
- Gil Darnley CPA, CMA, PMP, BA
- Director, Training and Development
Gil has been a member of TSAP since 2019 and an avid boater for over 25 years. He is currently the Manager of Contract Administration and Procurement Support at the City of Toronto in the Solid Waste Division. Gil is currently a civilian volunteer with RCSCC Vanguard.
- Dr. Paul Nash Ph.D. - Director of Community Outreach
& Corporate Secretary
Dr. Paul Nash is a professional writer and editor. He is Toronto-based Correspondent for Diplomatic Courier magazine and a frequent China commentator. He is a member of the National Press Club of Washington, D.C., serving on the Newsmakers Committee. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Senior Investment Writer/ Manager Investment Communications for a large global investment firm, He also teaches international relations for a U.K university.
- George Theodosiou - Director of Fundraising and Special Events
George has worked for the provincial government for 20 years, starting with the Ontario Provincial Police and ending his provincial career with Emergency Management Ontario. George has a philanthropic side-he donates to the food banks and shelters around the GTA. George is currently starting a new role with Canadian Red Cross in their Emergency Management department as a Deputy Manager of Operations. He also volunteers with Global Medic Canada on their Drone operations team.
- Rina Vatcha - Treasurer
Rina is a CPA, CGA and has had her own accounting practice for the past 20 years. Her practice deals with small to medium size businesses and, she provides accounting, compilation, and taxation services. Rina is also Treasurer and on the board of the 100th Toronto Scouts Group.
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