Doug Chinnery

Hornby Island, British Columbia

Doug leads by example. As Hornby Island’s Fire Department & Rescue (HIFR) Chief, Doug holds a position of immense responsibility. In 2020, HIFR took 171 callouts, of which Doug personally attended more than 100 – serving his community in his trademark unassuming, effective way. Doug’s recent contributions have included developing a pandemic outbreak plan for the community, training over 100 volunteers in naloxone administration and working with community groups and outside agencies to reinstate the island’s helicopter landing zone to fly out those requiring immediate medical care. Doug is the person community members reach out to when mental health issues arise, and countless other community initiatives have benefitted from his input and insight. He fosters community spirit by organizing as the annual Polar Bear Swim and hosting the annual Christmas Fair among other events at the firehall. Whether he’s training volunteers, maintaining safety standards, or organizing rescue operations, Doug inspires others to step up and get involved. As a leader he builds confidence and as a volunteer Doug represents the very best of British Columbia.

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I'm proud and honoured to be nominated and selected for this award but when I look at how our entire island community runs on volunteerism, I want to share it with everyone who donates their time for the betterment of our lives. No one does community service for recognition although it's very rewarding when we realize that someone notices the work that we do.

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