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REPORTING · 28th June 2010
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan took the stand at the City Council Meeting on Monday, June 21st to recognize Joyce McLeod. McLeod was recognized as a 2010 Public Safety Volunteer Award Recipient for Emergency Social Services Volunteer of the Year for BC This means she is one of 5000 volunteers who were eligible for the award.

“Joyce is presently Deputy Director of the Kitimat ESS Team. Over the years, she has responded to assist victims of fires in Kitimat, coordinated food services for hundreds of searchers over a seven day period during the 2002 Mount Elizabeth search which was on of BC’s largest searches, lead a mutual aid response to the city of Terrace during the 2002 Freshet flooding, she spent weeks as a volunteer in both Kamloops and Kelowna Reception centers during the firestorm of 2003, trained with the Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Center Response group and coordinated regional ESS responses in the Northwest during the 2007 Freshet Flooding” read Monaghan.

“For several years, Joyce has traveled throughout the North as a Volunteer instructor for the Justice Institute delivering Emergency Social Services training to smaller communities and she has served on the Emergency Social Services Association Board of Directors representing the North and on the ESSA Advisory Forum,” read Monaghan

Monaghan thanked Joyce McLeod for all that she has done as an unsung hero in Kitimat. The applause were astounding.