South Okanagan volunteers thanked for their service – Penticton Western News
The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District applauds its approximately 300 emergency program volunteers.
These volunteers donate their time and energy to assist the Emergency Support Service, Search and Rescue, the Amateur Radio Club, and the Volunteer Fire Services.
Large numbers of volunteers are on the front lines of emergencies ranging from environmental disasters such as forest fires and floods, to isolated events such as house fires and search and rescue operations.
“Volunteering is important to me for several reasons,” said Judi Harvey, director of emergency support services at Narmata. “It helped me connect with the Naramata community after I moved here 21 years ago.”
Eileen Varga, director of emergency support services at Osoyoos, said volunteering was important because it made her feel like she was helping in a small way to improve the community. Varga says she feels a sense of fulfillment knowing that she has “done her best to help others.” This helps to provide much needed services to the community. “
Malia Smith, a Penticton Search and Rescue volunteer, enjoys the “lifelong learning of challenging and evolving skill sets” that she believes keeps her motivated and modest.
“Volunteering expands my own community and surrounds me with like-minded and diverse teammates,” she said.
Rob Selsing, search and rescue manager for Oliver / Osoyoos, said volunteering provides a sense of camaraderie “with teammates, fellow search and rescue and other people you come across.”
Hayes Creek Fire Chief Rob Miller said volunteering “is a community and brings a sense of teamwork and togetherness.”
For more information on volunteering with the Regional District, please contact Nancy Wigley or visit the Regional District Volunteer Opportunities webpage at rdos.bc.ca/newsandevents/volunteer/.
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