New SAR president

Matt Hofsink has been elected president of Vernon Search and Rescue for a one year term.

A volunteer group that helps people who are lost or stranded has new leadership.

Matt Hofsink has been elected president of Vernon Search and Rescue for a one year term.

“I am happy to take on this role with the help of the group members and welcome the opportunity to serve the community I live in,” said Hofsink, who works for a cabinet maker and has been a unit member for four years.

Chris Henderson was president during 2011.

The unit consists of 65 volunteers and they average 40 to 45 calls a year. Besides rescuing people lost in the backcountry, members also help during disasters like wildfires and floods and do evidence searches for the RCMP.

“What drives us all in the middle of the night, when the pager goes off is the urgency to see the missing person reunited with their families, as quickly as possible,” said Hofsink.