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From the Ranks - Barb Hickson
by R. John Garside AP

THE PORT HOLE

"What has started has to be finished."
Some of us take a boating course to
learn more once we have purchased a
boat and others like Barb Hickson are
drawn to the course for a totally different reason. For Barb it was back in the
summer of 1995 while boating with a
good girlfriend. They were on their way
from Toronto to the popular weekend
spot of Port Dalhousie located in the
southwestern corner of Lake Ontario.
Barb's role was crew at this point and
with the weather being very steady and
pleasant there was time to read through
the local information books and appreciate the passing scenery as well.
Several hours into the trip Barb asked
her friend, "Where are we?", the skipper did not know and just pointed off
into the direction that they were heading. Barb then noticed that the group of
sailboats that they were shadowing were
now taking a different course and moving around a seemingly hidden object
in the lake, and "we were going right
through it". It turned out the obstacle
was not a rock or a shoal but the area
marked on the local charts as a shooting
range! Barb and her friend were sailing
right through the potential impact area
of the Winona Rifle Range. Definitely
not a wise thing to do.
"I like to feel safe and comfortable
when I am doing something", so after
this experience Barb enrolled in the
North York Boating Course, "even
though they were three weeks into it
already and I really applied myself."
The topics covered were all quite
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interesting but it was the chart work
that captivated her attention and Barb
excelled in it. Being a detail oriented
person, charting was just easy for her.
Using her reasoning skills and ability
to really understand the charts and the
information being displayed made for
some very interesting hours at home
doing all the homework. Each and every one of the mandatory and optional
cruises were completed and with this
knowledge now in hand, Barb was always the navigator on any of the future boating trips as it was important,
"to get to that destination, safely!"
Of course taking the course is one
thing, studying for it is another. Barb
commented that "the week before the
exam I actually checked into a local
hotel for the weekend and studied everything." She was successful and at the
graduation Barb was the class valedictorian! With this course behind her Barb
then felt that it was important to give
back something as she "comes from a
family of volunteers". Volunteering was
nothing new to her as both her parents
volunteered their time to worthy causes
like the St. John's Ambulance. As a teenager she had done quite a bit of volunteering as well, "it was in my blood to
help to do something and give back to
the community". With considerable
enthusiasm Barb then joined the North
York Power and Sail Squadron Bridge.
At first she took on the task of being the
social convener and then moved up the
ranks to Executive Officer and eventually became North York's very first
female Commander. This was in the
days of uniforms and lots of pageantry
so several of the older crowd were quite
taken aback when Barb announced that
as Commander she would most certainly wear the uniform "but not the sash!"
which was a standing item listed in the
old Regalia catalogue for female Commanders to wear. So "sash-less" Barb
went and helmed the ship for several
very successful terms. Barb has since
stepped down from being the ComOctober 2017

mander and has continued to serve on
the bridge. She is now entering her 21st
year!
It has been over twenty one years since
her Boating Course but a core group of
people that were in that very same class
are still active in the Squadron and continue to support Barb in many ways. "We
became friends then, and we are still good
friends now, we still get together today".
For Barb "the best part of being in my
squadron is the great friends I have made
and the many memories we have created
and shared over all the years, in particular
several great boating trips as a group that
we took in the Thousand Islands and on
the Rideau Canal system. This network
of good reliable people has been a great
resource for the Squadron's work."
Barb is also active at the District level
in York East. She has been attending
the District meetings for several years
and since 2012 has been their Administration Officer. One of the more unusual events the District got involved
in was back in 2015 and it was billed
as "The District Environmental Clean
-up Day". This was a conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and
World Wildlife Fund which was part of
the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
sponsored by the Loblaw Companies
Limited. So on May 1, 2015 twelve
CPS-ECP Members from York East,
which included Barb, scoured the
shores of Cherry Beach in Toronto and
gathered up 95 kg of trash!
Being part of the York East District means that Barb has also spent a
great deal of time at the Toronto International Boat Show promoting
CPS-ECP to the public. "In the past
our booth was not in the best position
but now we have a much better location. Now we are front and centre".
This year there was lots of traffic and
the new Boating Simulator was on site
too. The simulator certainly gathered
a lot of attention and "people were fascinated with it! Unlike in the past this
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Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
The Port Hole
Charter Destination: Antigua; A Beam Reach for Paradise
Sail Review: Elan GT5
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Crossing The Line: Boatonomics for 2018
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