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Vernon firefighter receives honour

Vernon Fire Rescue Services Chief Keith Green (L) and Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky (R) honour Captain Chris Kulak,  who will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award later this year.     - City of Vernon photo
Vernon Fire Rescue Services Chief Keith Green (L) and Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky (R) honour Captain Chris Kulak, who will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award later this year.
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A Vernon firefighter has been recognized for his compassion.

Capt. Chris Kulak from the Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS), a recent recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, was recognized in a regular meeting of Vernon City Council by Mayor Rob Sawatzky and Chief Keith Green Monday afternoon.

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

Kulak has volunteered and raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, Hospice House, Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, the International Association of Firefighters, and the B.C. 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,” said Sawatzky.

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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