A great time was had by all again this year at the Qualicum Beach Volunteer Appreciation Reception. Each year, the Town hosts a wonderful gala event with great food, music and speeches honouring the amazing volunteers that make the town hum! I was pleased to be invited by Mayor Westbroek to say a few words. This year, the Above and Beyond Award was presented to Del Kristalovich of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. Del is a volunteer legend in Oceanside and is well deserving of this special recognition! Thanks for your service to the community to all those in attendance and the hundreds of other volunteers who give their time and energy to enhance our quality of life, support those who need help and protect our environment.
Thanks to Cari McIntyre, the Emergency Planning Coordinator of the Comox Valley Emergency Program for visiting me on Parliament Hill. I was pleased to give her a tour and as always, I was super impressed with her work, passion and commitment to emergency planning and response in the Comox Valley. We talked a lot about the opportunities for coordination between all levels of government in to mitigate the effects of climate change and to establish infrastructure and respond to climate disasters. Great to hear her commons sense solutions to being better prepared for the future.