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COLLINS – Tragedy often brings out the best in people

Evacuation reception centre at TRU. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

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.

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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.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5007 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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