Our Station Commanders gathered this weekend in Port Elizabeth for a leadership conference. The event kicked off with an inspiring message from our guest speaker, Craig Wilkinson. Craig shares a very personal and moving perspective on leadership, “fatherhood”, mentors and role models. You can watch his TED talk here.
Topics for the conference included our vision and plan for the next 5-10 years, a review of our successes and our challenges, the topic of drowning and drowning prevention. There was plenty of opportunity for broad input and open debate. Newly elected Station Commanders enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with fellow leaders from around the country and new friendships were formed. We find as much value in the social time, sharing ideas and encouraging each other around a braai in the evenings. We return home inspired, encouraged and refreshed.
Thank you to each and every Station Commander that gave up their weekend to attend the conference; thank you also to the deputies who stood in for Station Commanders who could not make it. Since we were in Port Elizabeth we invited their local coxswains to join us for the weekend, thank you for coming and sharing your insights with us. On Sunday we enjoyed a tour of the Port Elizabeth rescue base which is looking impressive after their recent renovations.