On Thanksgiving Sunday, uniformed members of the community gathered at Sicamous Bible Church for a “uniformed appreciation service.”
The gathering included representatives from the fire department, rescue services, BC Ambulance Service, RCMP, veterans and nurses, who were representing all types of medical services.
Uniformed representatives present, and several in the gathering, expressed gratitude for the peace, quiet and security we enjoy by having them give of their time as they do. Many are volunteers, so it was appropriate to hear Fire Chief Brett Ogino and others speak of the need for more people who might willingly give of their time.
Later, in the Thanksgiving meal shared in the Fellowship Hall, attendees heard of the ‘double and triple hatting’ some are carrying to be sure community needs are met.
Also shared by Ambulance Unit Chief Kathy Crandlemire was the fact that, with the time commitment, often comes the stress of traumatic things seen and experienced by those responding to crisis. Guest speaker Jim Hill, a retired RCMP inspector from Vernon, related his appreciation for his wife and the sense of the presence of God over his 35-year career, mostly in northern and western Canada.
Piper Frank Reynolds from Salmon Arm escorted the uniformed contingent in and out of the church and joined in the meal and photos afterward.