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Above and Beyond Awards program announced by Premier John Horgan

FILE PHOTO - Premier John Horgan is in Kamloops to announce the Above and Beyond Awards to recognize people who responded to wildfires and floods.
October 14, 2017 - 3:09 PM

KAMLOOPS -  Premier John Horgan is in Kamloops to recognise people who made a big difference in their communities during 2017's devastating floods and wildfires by creating the Above and Beyond Awards program.

B.C. was plagued by floods and wildfires and when they were at their most challenging British Columbians stepped up and showed their commitment to their communities and those in need throughout the province, according to a release issued by the office of the Premier today, Oct. 14.

"People deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond to help each other in the midst of this year's devastating wildfires and floods," said Premier Horgan.

"Those who opened their homes to people and pets, cooked meals for evacuees, and offered up comfort in a difficult time showed a true community spirit that needs to be celebrated."

When people stood up to help their communities their strength of character made everyone whose lives they touched grateful for their kindness, generosity and tireless efforts.

"Through the adversity of the floods and wildfires in the Interior over this past spring and summer, the strength and resilience of British Columbians shone through," said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. "We need to recognize and celebrate the incredible work that people from all walks of life offered to help neighbours and strangers in need."

Anyone in the province can nominate firefighters, first responders or anyone else in B.C. to the Above and Beyond Awards program. This program will acknowledge the service they provided in response to difficult situations, as they assisted friends, neighbours and complete strangers.

To learn more about this program or to submit a nomination, click here to follow the link. The Nominations must be submitted before the deadline, Jan. 15, 2018.

"I've had the privilege to meet many extraordinary people this past summer who have gone above and beyond to assist their families, friends and neighbours. I know there are countless other instances of these everyday heroes and this award program is an opportunity to let them know about the lasting impact they have had on our communities," said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.

Everyone who is nominated will receive a certificate of distinction, signed by Premier Horgan.

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