WE ARE #CRSAR
Meet Rhonda Teramura
When did you join CR search and rescue?
I’ve been interested in SAR for a number of years and finally decided to check out the open house in the fall of 2017. Immediately, my interest was confirmed and I was hooked. I completed GSAR training in the spring of 2018, and am looking forward to being inducted as a full member in October, following the mandatory probationary period.
Why did you join search and rescue?
My interest in SAR began like a seed many years ago, at that time my kids were young and my life could not accommodate the time and commitment. Since then, my personal outdoor pursuits of ultra trail running, climbing, and backpacking in the mountains grew, and as such so did my necessity to build skills in mountain awareness, preparation, and resources to prevent tragedy. I have always felt privileged to be able to push myself to new limits running in the mountains, with the knowledge that I can access Search and Rescue at the push of a button. It is fair to say, I would not have accomplished my proudest backcountry ultra runs, such as the North and West Coast Trails, the Golden Hinde, and Castlecrag, Frink and Albert Edward in a day, without an inreach or spot device which ultimately deploys a SAR team if needed. The least I can do is utilize my skills, training, and help ensure this service is available to other outdoor enthusiasts who want to get out and be in wild spaces.
What’s been the most rewarding part of being apart of search and rescue?
The Campbell River Search and Rescue team is made up of a wildly diverse, skilled and talented group of individuals. From day one I have felt completely embraced and comfortable to learn, connect and take on new challenges. I have found it profoundly rewarding to be able to access such quality training and immerse myself among members with such a high level of experience and love of the work. At this early stage in my SAR career, I have already grown immensely and learned so much.
What do you do outside of search and rescue?
Outside of SAR I am a mom of three awesome boys and two loveable fur babies, married to a stellar human and fellow SAR member, a film/video producer and communications manager, ultra trail runner/mountain lover and explorer of many disciplines, a journalism student, co-director of snowden trail challenge race, and a dreamer.