Firefighter earns honour

Chris Kulak received the Dr. David Green Award from Muscular Dystrophy Canada

A Vernon firefighter has been recognized for his contributions to the community.

During Monday’s council meeting, Chris Kulak received the Dr. David Green Award from Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the organization has also named Kulak as its firefighter of the year.

“Award winners are chosen for their exemplary excellence,” said Alyssa Goad, manager of revenue development for MDS in B.C.

“They help create public awareness, and make significant contributions in support of people affected by muscular dystrophy. They mentor, motivate and engage others with their enthusiasm, their dedication and their ability to expand Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission and vision: to find a cure in our lifetime.”

The Dr. David Green Award showcases the contributions of individuals or groups who inspire, motivate and share their commitment with others and foster Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s vision, mission and values.

The firefighter of the year award is presented to a firefighter who has demonstrated overall excellence in areas of public awareness, services, fundraising and volunteer recruitment.

“Capt. Chris Kulak has won a number of awards for his volunteer charitable work and has deserved every one of them,” said Rob Sawatzky, Vernon mayor, who presented Kulak with the recognition Monday.

“To win this award for working to assist those with muscular dystrophy is an outstanding achievement that makes us all proud to be associated with him.”

Kulak was awarded the Governor General Award Caring Award in March.

“Chris is an excellent example of someone who gives so much of himself without ever asking for anything in return,” said Keith Green, Vernon’s fire chief.