Emergency Preparedness Week Toolkit

Posted on May 3, 2023 at 15:48 in General News

May 7-13, 2023 This year we are back to take an active role in helping build a culture of preparedness in Canada and Emergency Preparedness Week with this year’s theme: “Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.” While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, We believe that every Ground Search and Rescue […]

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National Volunteer Week – Volunteering Weaves Us Together

Posted on April 17, 2023 at 15:38 in General News

Let’s celebrate our individual and collective actions in creating a strong, interconnected and vibrant SAR community here in Canada! Being a GSAR volunteer weaves us together, strengthening the fabric of our community by sharing our time, talent and energy to support one another. A message from our President: “On behalf of SARVAC I’d like to […]

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)|VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

Posted on March 10, 2023 at 15:33 in General News

Welcome home to SARVAC President Janelle Coultes who participated in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean held in Punta del Este, Uruguay last week from February 28th to March 2nd.  The VIII Regional Platform represents an opportunity for governments, intergovernmental […]

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GSAR-NACP: Legacy National Certification

Posted on November 17, 2022 at 18:25 in General News

We’re proud to officially roll-out the Legacy National Certification as part of our Ground Search and Rescue – National Accreditation and Certification Pilot (GSAR-NACP). Legacy national certification may be granted to any Searcher upon written request to the GSAR-NACP Administration Office by their Provincial or Territorial Association through the Legacy Application. To be granted legacy, […]

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Searcher Training Coursework for members of the Innu Nation

Posted on November 9, 2022 at 17:40 in General News

We are proud to share coursework provided by the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association (NLSARA) who have worked hard to offer Searcher training this Fall for members of the Sheshatshiu and Natuashish, Innu Nation communities alongside Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland members who also took part in the training. Congratulations to the […]

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Revitalization to Enhance All Hazards Response Project

Posted on October 2, 2022 at 18:55 in General News

The Search and Rescue Association of Alberta hosted SARVAC at its quarterly Stakeholder Committee meeting on September 29th in support of the objectives of the “Revitalization to Enhance All Hazards Response Project.” Key members of Alberta’s SAR community were also in attendance including: Alberta Municipalities Government of Alberta Ministry of Municipal Affairs Alberta Health Alberta […]

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Phase of Clean-Up and Recovery in Atlantic Canada: Hurricane Fiona

Posted on September 28, 2022 at 15:35 in General News

GSAR teams across Atlantic Canada are prepared to continue providing support. Currently, Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue, Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Association and Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association teams are active within the communities impacted most heavily by Hurricane Fiona, who have significant damage to critical infrastructure, homes and […]

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Humanitarian Workforce Project – Phase 2 Update

Posted on September 12, 2022 at 17:24 in General News

On May 16, 2022, Public Safety Canada advised SARVAC that a submission for Phase 2 “Supporting a  Humanitarian Workforce to Respond to COVID-19 and Other Large-Scale Emergencies” program had  been approved with the formal agreement signed on July 6, 2022.   The currently approved agreement will be in place until March 31, 2023.  Deliverables  With the […]

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Guidelines for SARVAC AdventureSmart Stipend

Posted on August 19, 2022 at 16:21 in General News

The AdventureSmart Stipend is back! The purpose behind the stipend is to help offset minor travel and meal costs when delivering AdventureSmart programs (for parking, mileage and or meals over lunch time etc.) as no other cost are reimbursed. For teams to qualify for the stipend they must meet these guidelines. Be associated with a […]

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SARVAC Interim Assistant National Prevention Coordinators

Posted on August 16, 2022 at 21:46 in General News

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada is proud to announce recent changes to the SARVAC/AdventureSmart team including the recruitment of two Interim Assistant National Coordinators in efforts to streamline and strengthen program direction under SARVAC’s Humanitarian Workforce Initiative with Public Safety Canada. With the development of new initiatives and a continued focus on expanding […]

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