As a former Burns Lake resident, having both family and friends affected by the Babine Forest Products disaster, I shared in the communities shock and grief in the wake of this tragedy.
Living in Quesnel, I felt removed as I wanted to help in any way I could. The overwhelming and ongoing support from Quesnel has shown me the true nature of how people can pull together in a time of need.
Without hesitation, the local Save-on-Foods and Safeway stores set up food donation boxes that were able to initially generate 341 pounds of generosity and Fraser River GM donated the fuel it took to deliver this support. The local radio stations, The Wolf and The Rush, donated airtime to rally the people of Quesnel to show their support in Burns Lake’s time of need. West Fraser Timber setup a payroll deduction for any employees wishing to donate, matching every dollar raised. In this stressful time it was heartwarming and so appreciated by me to see the fellowship my new home so thanklessly showed to another Northern community.
The concern and generosity that Quesnel has shown, as I’m sure other towns in our great province have also shown, I am grateful and optimistic that the Village of Burns Lake will get back on its feet.