Local resident honoured

Vernon resident Cor Zandbergen is to be presented with the highest honour of the Red Cross.

Zandbergen is being honoured for “his 16 years of dedicated service assisting thousands of people impacted by disasters in Canada and around the world,” according to a press release.

On Tuesday, Zandbergen will be inducted into the Order of the Red Cross at a ceremony in Kelowna.

Zandbergen has responded to countless disasters including flooding, fires and ice storms across Canada and elsewhere, said the press release.

“He currently leads the Red Cross North Okanagan personal disaster assistance team, ensuring emergency social services are available to people living across a land base of more than 7,800 km. His international work has taken him to flood-ravaged parts of Pakistan, as well as New Jersey and Louisiana after major hurricanes.”

Zandbergen continues his work, playing a key role by mentoring new leaders in the Red Cross disaster management team.

The ceremony takes place Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Canadian Red Cross Office, 124 Adams Road, Kelowna.

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