I OFTEN WONDER why it takes tragedy to bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) in people. I am constantly heartened by the way people come together in times of adversity and work with others to ease the pain and distress that come with things like floods and wildfires.
In June, we saw it during interior flooding, where people from one end of the Okanagan to the reaches of the North Thompson and Shuswap worked together to sandbag properties, move valuables, and help people who were in danger. Some of these people were paid employees, but they went above and beyond their normal call of duty. Most were simply volunteers, who saw someone in need and helped them out.
Doug Collins is the Director of News, Information and Television Operations at CFJC-TV. Doug has been on the air in Kamloops since 1970. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada in 2008.