PETERS – Better ways to thank wildfire volunteers than a monument

Models of three proposed statues on display at North Kamloops Library. (Image: CFJC Today)

HERE AT TWO AND OUT, we’re all about saying thank-you to those who help out during devastating wildfires.

We do it with some kind words and, if the opportunity presents itself, a firm handshake and a heartfelt “thank you.” Hopefully it shows how much we appreciate firefighters and volunteers alike.

A $100,000 monument to the greatness of our volunteers seems misplaced.

That’s what the Thompson-Nicola Regional District is proposing, and the district is now soliciting opinions on design options.

What most volunteers really want is not to have to volunteer in future years, thanks to a decrease in devastating wildfires. $100,000 could go toward a lot of very constructive measures toward that goal.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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1 Comment on PETERS – Better ways to thank wildfire volunteers than a monument

  1. Ian MacKenzie // June 30, 2018 at 8:07 AM // Reply

    In total agreement, James. If they want to show more than a “thank you” handshake then I would suggest that they buy a large and cheap “Disasters” cup to be kept in the City Hall which would hold small bronze plagues for each of the disasters we know are coming down the pipe. The remaining $999,900 should go into a rebuilding fund for the directly affected folk. I have no axe to grind except to point out that the golden rule covers this quite neatly.

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