Canadian named as President of International Life Saving Federation at Berlin meeting

    OTTAWA, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - A Canadian, Dr. Steve Beerman of Nanaimo,
BC and a past president of the Lifesaving Society Canada (1991-1994) was
elected as president of the International Life Saving Federation at the ILS
General Assembly in Berlin this past weekend.
    Dr. Beerman will succeed Alan Whelpton, AO of Australia who retired after
eight years at the helm of the ILS. The appointment of Beerman, represents the
first time a Canadian has held the post in ILS.
    The ILS is an International Federation representing more than
100 national lifesaving organizations from around the world. ILS leads the
worldwide effort to reduce injury and death in, on, or around the water. The
goal of ILS is "world water safety".
    Dr. Beerman represents a long line of significant Canadian contributions
to the cause of lifesaving science and research since the Canada's Lifesaving
Society was established 100 years ago this year. With the Society's
establishment of the National Lifeguard Service in 1964 the Lifesaving Society
has become the authority on drowning prevention in Canada.
    Nationally Dr. Beerman has been a lifeguard, instructor, lifesaving
sports competitor, facility manager, program chairperson, and President of the
Lifesaving Society - Canada. Dr. Beerman's visionary leadership were
instrumental in facilitating increased capacity growth and development within
the Society.
    Internationally, Dr. Beerman is considered an expert in medical
management issues in drowning and water related injury prevention. He has been
instrumental in having drowning and water related injury recognized as a
significant component of health strategy, especially in developing countries
where drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death among
    Dr. Beerman contributed to the first ILS World Drowning Report while also
co-charring the task group charged with the responsibility of establishing the
new Drowning Prevention Commission.
    Steven has a special interest in both drowning prevention and the medical
issues associated with lifesaving. He is a regular contributor to lifesaving
publications and is a sought after speaker.

    About Dr. Steve Beerman

    Dr. Steve Beerman began his lifesaving career in British Columbia as a
lifeguard and instructor. He was a lifesaving sport competitor, facility
manager, program chairperson, and a former president of the Lifesaving Society
Canada (1991-1994).
    He is a Canadian Family Physician, who currently chairs the International
Life Saving Federation's Medical Committee. He obtained his undergraduate and
postgraduate medical education at the University of British Columbia in
Vancouver, Canada. Currently, Dr. Beerman is a University of British Columbia,
Clinical Associate Professor and Department of Family Practice, Postgraduate
Training Site Director.
    In his community, he is the Team Physician for the Nanaimo Clippers Ice
Hockey Team. He was the Medical Director for the 2005 Disability Games and
volunteered his medical skills to the Provincial Summer Games, Seniors Games
and Police and Fire Games. He has been on the board of directors of Nanaimo
Swim Club since 1998 and chairs a Nanaimo swimming pool operations committee.
    Steve and his wife Gail have three children - all certified lifeguards -
currently attending university. Steve and Gail currently live in Nanaimo on
Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

    About the Lifesaving Society:

    The Lifesaving Society, Canada's lifeguarding experts for the past
100 years, is a national, volunteer organization and registered charity whose
mandate is drowning prevention. The Society's programs include: Learn to Swim,
Lifesaving, Lifesaving Sport, Water Smart(R) Public Education, Research, First
Aid and Boating. The Lifesaving Society remains the leader in lifeguard
training, and in 2008 will provide training and certification to over 500,000

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Simon Rolfe, Manager of In-House Marketing Projects, Lifesaving Society
National Office, (613) 746-5694 ext 27,; or visit

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