Calum MacLeod

On June 17, 2016, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the appointment of Calum U. C. MacLeod as judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. Mr. Justice MacLeod had served as a Case Management Master of the Court since 1998. Prior to that appointment he had been in private practice as a lawyer since 1983.

Calum is a long-time Lifesaving Society volunteer. Once a lifeguard on the beaches of Sudbury, Calum served as chair of the National Lifeguard Service Committee in Ontario and nationally. He joined the Ontario board of directors as Corporate Secretary and Legal Advisor in 1988. He served as President of the Lifesaving Society Ontario from 1998-2000.

Calum has played many roles in the growth of the Society – many of them “uncredited” advisory ones.


Calum MacLeod

He was a pivotal player in the development of the National Lifeguard Service in Canada. He co-authored the “Lifeguard and the Law” chapter of the current edition of Alert: lifeguarding in action. His reorganization of the Lifesaving Society Ontario governing structure significantly improved flexibility, productivity and efficiency. Most recently, he co-emceed the Society’s awards presentation ceremonies in Ottawa.

We are delighted to salute his elevation to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice – a well-earned honour well deserved.

Jocelyn Palm

Jocelyn Palm was inducted into the Order of Canada during a November 2013 Rideau Hall ceremony presided over by the His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. She becomes a Member of the Order of Canada for outstanding service in water safety, lifesaving and youth leadership.

Jocelyn was the first Executive Director of Lifesaving Society Ontario (1968-1972) and the Society's first National Executive Director (1973-1989).

The Lifesaving Society and public safety in Canada owe her an enormous debt of gratitude. Jocelyn's relentless drive, intellectual rigor and visionary leadership established the Lifesaving Society as the standard setter for aquatic safety in Canada.

Jocelyn established the syllabus, wrote the candidate text, and taught the first Lifesaving Instructor courses in 1968. She was a leader in the development of the National Lifeguard program and wrote the first set of Instructor Notes and Alert: aquatic supervision in action.


Joeclyn Palm thumb 150Jocelyn represented Canada in World Life Saving (now the International Life Saving Federation) and the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society. Her intelligence, practical good sense, extensive experience as a teacher and commitment to the art and science of saving lives put Canada on the international lifesaving map.


Since 1980, in recognition of Jocelyn's extraordinary leadership, the Lifesaving Society Ontario presents the Jocelyn Palm Cup annually to the Affiliate Member making the most outstanding contribution to the National Lifeguard Service. Jocelyn is the owner-director of Glen Bernard Camp which routinely earns the Chapman Cup for the affiliated camp with the largest lifesaving program in Ontario.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

John F. Bankes

John F. Bankes, Governor of the Lifesaving Society Canada, was invested as a Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Vice President at a December 4, 2013 Commonwealth Honours ceremony at Queen's Park hosted by the Ontario Society's Honorary Patron, the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

For over 30 years John has provided extraordinary volunteer leadership to the Society in Canada and in the Commonwealth. He joined the Society in 1982 as a member of the National Fundraising Committee that launched the capital campaign to purchase a permanent national headquarters.


John Bankes thumb 150In 1988, John joined the National Board of Governors and became the Society's National Governor in 2001. Since then, he has ably represented Canada at many Commonwealth and International Life Saving Federation meetings at home and abroad. From 2009 to 2012, John served as Honorary Treasurer of the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society.

John is also the founding President of the Lifesaving Foundation, which raises funds to support water safety education and lifesaving initiatives in