Fire Chief Fred Burrows has worked in fire and rescue for 35 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Courtenay in 1978, and ending up in Fort St. John in May 2003 and taking over as Fire Chief in September 2005. When asked to speak, he only had one thing to say, “Thank you.”
Mayor Lori Ackerman was selected by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to receive her medal. In a written statement, FCM President Karen Leibovici writes, “Your peers, your local government, across the country admire your accomplishments as a community leader and congratulate you on earning this prestigious award. FCM chose you to receive this distinction for your exemplary efforts to make your community a great place to live.”