BC recognizes wildfire, flood volunteers, first responders with new award

By Hana Mae Nassar
Canadian Press and News 1130
October 14, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Horgan

KAMLOOPS  – British Columbia’s government is looking to recognize people who went out of their way to help when record-breaking wildfires tore through the province this summer. Premier John Horgan …announced the new “Above and Beyond” awards, which honour those who fought the flames, provided shelter for evacuees, or otherwise helped their community during the crisis. “Whether it was cooking meals, whether it was opening up their homes,” says Horgan. “Whatever was needed was offered. It was inspiring and that’s what true community is all about.” …“People deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond to help each other,” he adds. Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson says this award is to celebrate those who went out of their way to help, while tens of thousands were displaced and flames ravaged homes and forests.

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