4 September 2020
Dear friends and colleagues,
The last few months have been difficult for everyone adjusting to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada. Provinces are easing restrictions on a regional basis and the reopening of local businesses and modifications of social-distancing guidelines shows how hard all Canadians have been working to maintain our communities safe.
Canadian health experts have noted that COVID-19 may have second or third waves across Canada as businesses reopen, school resumes, and the public engages in more activities. It is for this reason that all in-person activities for Sea and Navy League Cadets (including fundraising) will be postponed until at least 1 October 2020. That being said, the resumption of in-person training will be solely dependent on any individual corps’ ability to carry out their role safely again once public health officials give the right of way. Navy League Corps are required to develop in-person safety plans in accordance with their local health authorities and Navy League restrictions, which may include submitting a detailed plan based on the National COVID-19 Policies and Procedures document. These plans must be sent to their Divisions for review and final approval prior to any in-person activities taking place as the health and safety of all of our members, volunteers, and cadets remains our top priority.
Virtual engagement activities will be a top priority in the meantime to keep Cadets busy and involved in our programs while rigorous preparations for safe in-person activities are underway. This training year will be unlike anything we have seen before. It will challenge us to think creatively, and our national Navy League Cadet teams have been working hard to introduce new learning opportunities to engage our cadets in a virtual space. We strongly encourage our members to reach out to their Divisional Commander to learn about these tools and implement them to provide valuable learning experiences for our Navy League Cadets.
Over the last few weeks we have received requests for fundraising initiatives, which we have reviewed on a case-by-case basis for approval. We have been pleasantly surprised to see that many of you are taking up the task to get creative and continue to serve your communities while maintaining the health and safety of our members top of mind.
Should you wish to participate in fundraising activities, you must do so in accordance with your local health officials and correspond with your Divisions for tracking and approval prior to executing the activity. Initiatives will continue to be reviewed on a case by case basis for approval to ensure that our cadets and members are not put in harm’s way and the Navy League of Canada does not become a vector for the spread of COVID-19.
As a national organization with extensive group programming across the country, the Navy League of Canada holds the health and safety of the cadets, members, volunteers, and their families in our highest priority. To this end, we encourage our members to remain vigilant and follow the recommendations set by their local health authorities to the best of their abilities. In addition to this, we are aware that the pandemic is a fluid situation, which means that subsequent direction will be sent out as soon as new information is received.
We hope that you all remain safe, healthy and happy as we all move through this period of transition. The Navy League of Canada looks forward to seeing you all again as soon as we are able to.
Matt Waterman, CD
The Navy League of Canada