Press Releases

Announcement – New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Lifesaving Society Manitoba is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey Grocholski as Executive Director.  Stacey started work with the Society on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  “The Board is very excited to welcome Stacey to our organization.” said Sarah Painter, Lifesaving Society Manitoba Board Chair. “Stacey brings a wealth of experience from the organizations she has worked for in the past that will be of benefit to the Society.”

Stacey has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years as an Executive Director.  She has extensive experience in leadership, strategy, public relations, marketing and communications.  She has served on many boards and committees in the community, and currently sits on the Board of Governors of Balmoral Hall School.

“I am very proud and honoured to be part of this great organization as leaders in water safety and programming throughout Manitoba for over 100 years,” said Stacey Grocholski.  “I look forward to building strategic partnerships and continuing to build on this incredible legacy which has already contributed so much to our community.”

Stacey may be contacted at or 204-956-2124 ext 4.

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Retirement Announcement

Please join the Board of Directors of the Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch in extending best wishes to Carl Shier, who has retired after 13 years of service to the Society as its Chief Executive Officer.  

Carl often referred to the Society as Manitoba’s best-kept secret, and his work was continually propelled by his drive to share drowning-prevention messages and lessons far and wide. He forged strong partnerships with our provincial government along with communities and organizations throughout the province. These partnerships have led to initiatives such as the award-winning Northern Water Smart Program and the Society’s stewardship of the Manitoba Coalition for Safer Waters. 

Carl came to the Society with a lifetime of professional communication and PR skills that he gained as the Winnipeg Police Service’s spokesperson. Through his time as CEO for the Branch, Carl used these talents to elevate the profile of our organization, ensuring Manitobans knew to look to the Society for information about drowning prevention. His work fortified our reputation as Manitoba’s lifeguarding experts.   

Our organization has grown and become stronger thanks to Carl’s commitment to our mission, vision, and values, and he has touched many lives in the process. We will always remember his time with us with fondness and gratitude for his many contributions to our present and future.

The Board thanks Carl for his many years of dedicated service. We wish him well in his retirement.

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2018 Manitoba Lifeguard Championships

This year we hosted our 40th Anniversary edition of the Mantioba Lifeguard Championships with great success.  Again, we would like to extend our greatest thanks to our competitors and wonderful volunteers for all the hard work and dedication to Lifesaving Sport.

The Lifesaving Society is dedicated to drowning prevention through many avenues, and sport and competitive event like this are excellent ways to bring dedicated Lifeguards together.

Attached below, you can review the results of this weekends competition.


MLC 2018 Scoring


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Board of Directors Call for Nominations




The Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drowning, seeks individuals who are interested in serving in a volunteer position as a Director of the Board.


About the Lifesaving Society 

We are Canada’s lifeguarding experts. We work to prevent drownings and water-related injuries through training programs, Water Smart® public education initiatives, drowning research, and aquatic safety management. The Society is part of the International Life Saving Federation and the Royal Lifesaving Commonwealth. The Society has ten provincial branches and one national office in Ottawa. The Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch has provided programs and services to Manitobans for over 100 years. The Branch trains all of province’s National Lifeguards.


Board of Directors Recruitment

The Board of Directors anticipates two director vacancies. Nominees for these positions should have experience and expertise in one of the following areas.

  • Human resource management
  • Law or understanding of non-profit legal processes


Experience with the Society’s programs, drowning prevention, policy governance, not-for-profit management and oversight, and charitable giving are also desired.


The Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch provides services to a wide variety of Manitobans and would be proud to have a board who represent the diverse communities it serves.


For more information, please visit our website or call the Branch office at 204-956-2124.





Elizabeth Proskurnik

Chair of the Board of Directors

Lifesaving Society – Manitoba Branch


BoD Call for Nominations

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Drowning Report 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

Lifesaving Society announces the release of the 2017 Drowning Report

The Lifesaving Society is a National Not-For-Profit organization, solely focused on drowning prevention.  Each year, the Lifesaving Society along with our partners release this report to inform on the issues of drowning related deaths in the province.


Highlights of the Report

  • This year’s report (2017) reports on data up to and including 2014. The delay is due to ensuring accuracy of reporting from coroner’s reports.
  • The highest drowning rate in Manitoba was found among children under the age of 5; and was the highest among any province in Canada.
  • The second highest age group for drownings in Manitoba was ages 20-24, with 3.4 drownings per 100,000 a rate that is nearly double the national rate of 1.8 drownings per 100,000.
  • Swimming, walking/running/playing near water, and boating remain leading causes of drownings in Manitoba and 96% of boating deaths were not wearing a Lifejacket.

The Key Message

Manage your risk.  Take a minute to evaluate the drowning risks you face each day, be it playing at the waterfront with kids, boating, or fishing.  Wear a Lifejacket, supervise children, and remember that alcohol and boating or swimming does not mix.



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Canadian Coast Guard closures

The Lifesaving Society has produced the follow letter in response to announced closures of Canadian Coast Guard Bases in Gimli, Selkirk, and Lake of the Woods Kenora Ontario.  This letter has been sent addressed to several Members of Parliament and The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.


Friday, June 2, 2017


RE: The closure of Coast Guard Services


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2



I am writing on behalf of the Lifesaving Society, Canada’s water safety and lifeguard experts. It is with great concern that we hear through the media and social media of the planned closure of Canadian Coast Guard bases in Gimli, Selkirk, and Kenora Ontario.


The Lifesaving Society tracks drowning statistics in Canada and the most recent 5-year trend in drowning fatalities in Manitoba found that the lead cause of death was related to Boating Incidents.


The Canadian Coast Guard provides vital services in navigation and search and rescue in an effort to reduce drowning fatalities from boating.  Navigation services is the act of prevention that must continue, and any reduction to Navigations services will likely lead to a loss of capacity in search and rescue.


I would encourage you to fight for these vital services in Manitoba and Lake of the Woods Kenora Ontario, to ensure the Canadian Coast Guard maintains its presence and actions in drowning prevention.


I offer to meet with you to discuss these issues and others surrounding the importance of drowning reduction, prevention, and water safety education.

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RLSS Diploma Program Relaunched

The Lifesaving Society is pleased to work in conjunction with our partners at the Royal Life Saving Society in promoting the Diploma Program.  This program is designed to promote academic research, program development, and public education in drowning prevention. This program is the highest achievement award within the commonwealth for contributions to drowning prevention.

For more information, contact the Manitoba Branch.

RLSS Diploma Submission Information (DOCX)


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About the Lifesaving Society

The Lifesaving Society: Canada's lifeguarding experts. We are a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. We save lives and prevent water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning prevention research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year, more than 1,000,000 Canadians participate in the Society's swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership programs. Learn More