I would like to thank the citizens of Summerland who have supported the Emergency Social Services program.
For those who have joined the group and taken the necessary training to prepare for the work you might have to do in an evacuation, thank you for giving of your time and talents.
To the mayors and councillors that I served under during my eight years as a member and director, thank you for your support and words of encouragement.
To the members of the Summerland Fire Department, thank you for your help, support and providing space to call “home” and in which to store our supplies and equipment.
There are many others that I owe a debt of gratitude to for your support, words of encouragement and friendship.
For the ESS members that helped in the Peachland Reception Centre back in 2009, thank you for all the work you did that weekend — in the dark and into the wee hours of the morning. It put us all to the test.
Now, as of Aug. 31, 2012, I will be ending my emergency work, going into full retirement. I will miss working with my co-workers at the Mobile Support Team level, as well as the local volunteers, but I will always enjoy a chit-chat when we meet.