By A.P. Crawford, CSP Periodical Editor and Production Manager (5×firstname.lastname@example.org)
In April of this year the CSP was truly saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and mentor, Mark Labow. Mark was our longest-serving active member with 70 years of service to his credit. Mark was recently presented with the first Diamond Service Award, recognizing more than 60 years of active service, and it was immediately renamed the Mark Labow Diamond Service Award.
From his first days on the patrol, Mark was an active on-snow patroller at the hills near his home, something he did faithfully for 65 years until he was no longer able to ski. Mark has served many roles in the CSP including that of president, member of the board of directors, and patrol leader, among others. He was also the founder and first president of the Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS). This year Mark was appointed as the Honorary Founding Chairman of FIPS, in recognition of his role.
In the words of Kim Duhaime, patrol leader at Ski Morin-Heights, “ski patrolling was Mark’s lifelong passion – he spent his life striving to improve safety on the hills and in the mountains that he loved. He inspired more than one generation of ski patrollers, and he will be fondly remembered by many for the invaluable knowledge in first aid and leadership that he passed on with such great spirit. Mark was an invaluable resource to me when I was named patrol leader at Ski Morin-Heights in 2010. He was generous with his time, advice and support, and I will always remember him as a consummate gentleman.” Anyone who knew Mark personally would concur.
Donations in Mark’s memory may be made to the Canadian Ski Patrol to perpetuate his legacy towards educational excellent for ski patrollers through a “Mark Labow Education Fund” monitored by a group of life members of the CSP, or to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation or the Fondation Médicale des Laurentides