One of several volunteers from Forest Grove loads a truck full of food bound for Lac la Hache in the midst of last summer’s wildfires. The province seeks to honour those who did something extra for those in need through its new Above and Beyond Awards program.                                Photo by Martina Dopf

One of several volunteers from Forest Grove loads a truck full of food bound for Lac la Hache in the midst of last summer’s wildfires. The province seeks to honour those who did something extra for those in need through its new Above and Beyond Awards program. Photo by Martina Dopf

Above and Beyond awards for heroes of fire and floods

Nominations open for British Columbians until January.

By Tara Sprickerhoff – 100 Mile Free Press

Do you know someone who went above and beyond during this year’s wildfires?

The B.C. government is looking to recognize individuals for their efforts during the 2017 flood and wildfire season.

Premier John Horgan announced the Above and Beyond Awards program on Oct. 14 to honour those individuals.

“People deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond to help each other in the midst of this year’s devestating wildfires and floods,” he said in a a statement.

“Those who opened their homes to people and pets, cooked meals for evacueeds and offered up comfort in a difficult time showed a true community spirit that needs to be celebrated,” the premier added.

Anyone in the province is allowed to nominate anyone they think went above and beyond in providing an extraordinary response to the situations faced by those around the province this summer.

Those nominated will recieve a certificate of distinction, signed by the premier.

Nominations close on Jan. 15, 2018.

For more information, or to nominate someone, go to engage.gov.bc.ca/aboveandbeyondawards.