They help those stranded or lost in the Comox Valley, and now the Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue is getting a new team leader — for now.
Paul Berry, search manager and president of the volunteer organization has taken a leave of absence. Mark Lister, CVGSAR’s vice-president, will take over as acting president.
“(Berry) is still part of the search management team, but in a lessened capacity,” Lister explained. “We still have search managers.”
Lister will oversee the approximately 50 volunteers and continue to work with the board of seven.
The organization, celebrating its 39th year, was founded by Mike Fournier and Ruth Masters after many tragic events in the Comox Valley.
Last year, CVGSAR attended to 41 tasks, ranging from backcountry to swift-water rescues and avalanches.
For more information, visit www.cvgsar.com.