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Fire fighter honoured

Vernon City Council recognized Vernon Fire Captain Chris Kulak on Monday, after he was named a recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

“One of the great privileges of my position is that I get the honour of recognizing individuals within our City who make a difference to so many people in Vernon,” said Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

“Today, I am very pleased to recognize Chris Kulak.”

On top of his work with Vernon Fire Services Kulak has volunteered and raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Hospice House, the Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, the International Association of Firefighters, and the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

In 2013, approximately $24,000 was raised through Kulak’s efforts.

“It is apparent why Chris was selected to receive this recognition, and on behalf of Council, staff and the citizens of Vernon, we thank Chris and congratulate him on receiving the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award,” added Sawatzky.

“It actually took the new Chief of Operations to nominate Chris. We just knew Chris was always doing those things and a new set of eyes coming into our organization saw it, recognized the work and nominated him and he accepted,” said a congratulatory VFRS Chief Keith Green.

Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a more caring nation.

The award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, and honours them for their contributions and for the positive impact they have had on the lives of others.

Kulak will be formally presented his award by the Governor General’s office later this year. 

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