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New monument will honour volunteers during the 2017 wildfire season

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November 15, 2017 - 1:37 PM

KAMLOOPS - Volunteers who stepped up during the unprecedented wildfire season this summer will be honoured with a monument.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District says in a news release that the board of directors has approved setting aside $100,000 in next year's budget to create the monument, which will be erected outside the Sandman Centre in downtown Kamloops.

It's the place where many wildfire evacuees were housed or received support during the summer.

The regional district says the monument would be a place for people to acknowledge the work done by volunteers, a place of pride for those who volunteered, and act as an inspiration to others to consider volunteerism.

Space for plaques is being considered as part of the display, recognizing future events and volunteers' contributions to them.

Regional artists will be asked to submit concepts for the display for review by a joint committee between the regional district and the City of Kamloops.

According to the release, the regional district hopes to announce the art concept to the recent wildfire volunteers at an appreciation dinner early next year, with the unveiling of the monument planned for April 2018.

It's estimated that more than 150,000 hours were volunteered within the region to support evacuees impacted by the wildfires.

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