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The Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP), Canada’s leader in advanced first aid services in outdoor settings, is hosting its 2014 national annual conference now, from May 8 to 11, 2014 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta.

This year’s conference will focus on volunteer leadership and professional development, and on engaging, recruiting and retaining the CSP’s 4,500 volunteer patrollers from across Canada. Presentations on volunteer demographics from Annand Ollivierre of Volunteer Alberta, and a keynote address on industry directions by Steve Paccagnan of the Canada West Ski Areas Association, are some of the highlights.

Patrollers will discuss the importance of safety on the slopes, review injury prevention initiatives led by the CSP, and the success of its safety programs. As our organization prepares for a strong future, it is focused on supporting and contributing to a culture of injury prevention at ski areas and at non-skiing events across Canada.

The conference also provides the platform for the CSP to recognize the most outstanding of its hard-working volunteers. Canadian Ski Patroller awards, national appreciation awards, and the CSP’s highest honour, lifetime membership awards, will be presented to deserving members on Saturday evening. The CSP also presents lifesaving awards, given to members who have through their CSP training saved another person’s life.

The CSP represents 4,500 members across Canada, providing advanced first aid and on-snow rescue services to more than 230 ski areas. Founded in 1941, the CSP has transitioned itself to provide first and services year round, on and off the slopes.

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SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles