FC: Victor Santos-Pedro Retirement Memories
1: Victor Santos-Pedro retired from Transport Canada October 17, 2011. This album is a collection of photos taken at events to mark the occasion, the first being a lunch at a Portuguese restaurant with past and present members of Design, Equipment and Boating Safety in attendance. | Victor, shown with daughter Karla and Shirley, his wife, was presented with a photo printed on canvas of Victor on the tractor in his cousin's vineyard in Portugal.
2: Karla and her husband, Peter, hosted a gathering for friends at DiVino Wine Studio, a tasteful (and tasty) affair with wines paired with five different dishes. Boating safety kits were scattered about as decoration, which fit in well with the story Ken told of he and Victor rowing down the St. Lawrence on a 17 foot skiff and getting stopped by the police (below) to check that all required equipment was on board using the Safe Boating Guide, produced by Victor's department, as their reference material.
3: Victor in the middle of his address, which he called "Fridge Magnets and Forgiveness".
4: The main event was a reception held during the week of the National Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting, which permitted many colleagues and industry representatives from outside Ottawa to attend. Earlier in the day, the Standing Committee on Fishing Vessel Safety had met. Victor was highly involved in establishing the committee and was co-chair for ten years. At the meeting, Mark Dolomount, Industry Co-chair, displayed a bobblehead figurine in Victor's likeness that observed the proceedings for the remainder of the day and was presented to Victor that evening.
5: Andrew Kendrick, collaborator with Victor on development of many proposals for Arctic shipping requirements, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. | Hats was the nominal theme for gifts, however Dave Jackson, Canadian Ice Services, broke with the theme, offering ice cube molds in the form of icebergs and the Titanic, as well as a bottle of something to put ice cubes in. Roxanne Standefer, recreational boating safety advocate, offers Victor a hat suitable for wear while paddling.
6: Lawson Brigham, who collaborated with Victor on the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, made the trip from Alaska, bringing along letters of gratitude for Victor's contribution to Arctic shipping from Mead Treadwell, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor, and ??, President of the University of Alaska, as well as a rare hat from the South Pole and a hat from the USCGC Polar Sea. Andrew Hart, retired Transport Canada employee, reminiscing about working with Victor.
7: Michelle Johnson of the Canadian Hydraulics Centre provided framed photos of Arctic scenes and an inscription thanking Victor for his support of ice research. Susan Schrempf and Tony de Hoog of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association had heard that Victor has a taste for bourbon and offered a bottle of fine corn whiskey and a crystal decanter. Samantha Goheen and Marcel Laroche of Lloyd's Register with their offering.
8: Ross MacDonald, Victor's right hand man on the Arctic file, provided a souvenir of Denmark, and presented a copy of "Chinese Characters - Emails from the Middle Kingdom on behalf of Peter Timonin. Peter, a retired Transport employee, and his wife put the book together to document their experiences during a year and a half long stay in China, teaching English as a second language. Brad Spence, also from Transport, provided a bonder with emails of good wishes from many who were not able to attend, and hats from Canmar Explorer 3 - a drillship that operated in the Beaufort Sea, and Canada Steamship Lines.
9: Over 100 people were in attendance at the reception, and their presence was much appreciated.
11: Thank you all for helping send Victor off in style.