Town of Qualicum Beach employees Tom Jones, left, and Phil Burow (with plaques), are joined by, from left, Couns. Barry Avis and Anne Skipsey, Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Couns. Neil Horner and Bill Luchmeijier after they were presented the town’s Community Acts of Valour and Heroism Award in a ceremony at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. — Photo submitted by Heather Svensen

Qualicum Beach honours town’s volunteers

Two employees receive award of valour in ceremony

The Town of Qualicum Beach council and staff honoured community volunteers and two town employees at the town’s Volunteer Appreciation Reception, held at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Wednesday, Aug. 23., 2017

“Our volunteers and volunteerism is one of the most significant reasons that Qualicum Beach is such a strong and vibrant community,” said Mayor Teunis Westbroek. “This annual event is our way of saying thank you and to recognize their very important contribution”

This year the town recognized two town employees, Tom Jones and Phil Burow, and presented them with the Community Acts of Valour and Heroism Award in recognition of their selfless efforts in taking action to aid a person in need. The town recognized that they chose to take action in a heroic act of placing their own person at risk to help save the life of another person. Their quick actions, bravery and heroism will not be forgotten, the town stated in a written release.

The community benefits from a wealth of experience and talent amongst its residents who are willing to share of themselves. Council acknowledged the time and effort contributed to the Town by volunteers.

Qualicum Beach volunteers are seen contributing year round to the strength and closeness of the community:

• At the community’s many special events;

• In the partnerships to develop and operate facilities and services;

• In youth programs, seniors’ programs, sports, heritage, arts and culture;

• Greeting new residents and welcoming visitors;

• Protecting our environment, and keeping our roads and neighbourhoods safe; and

• Providing advice to council.

The reception concluded with a heartfelt thank you from council on behalf of the whole community.

— Submitted by Town of Qualicum Beach