Outstanding local volunteer Ole Edliq of Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue was awarded a Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award for Lifetime Achievement Thursday.
The award was presented by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton at a ceremony held at the legislature in Victoria.
Edliq has been involved with search and rescue since 1976. He served with the North Shore Rescue team for 23 years prior to joining Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue when he moved to Courtenay in 2002.
He has participated in hundreds of searches in the greater Vancouver region and central Vancouver Island, as well as mutual aid tasks across British Columbia and in Washington State.
In his work with Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, Ole has been a key figure in several key search and rescue projects such as the design and construction of a new mobile command post trailer, and the addition of 2,500 square feet to the existing Ground Search and Rescue base building.
“I feel honoured and grateful to receive this award, and acknowledge the continuous support of my family,” said Edliq. “I have maintained my passion for Search and Rescue, helping those in need and working with like-minded dedicated volunteers. It is intensely rewarding.”
“It takes a lot of dedication and courage to be a search and rescue volunteer, and for decades, Ole Edliq has demonstrated a true commitment to public safety,” said Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley. “I’m very proud to have Ole and others like him working with Comox Valley Search and Rescue, and I’d like to congratulate him on this well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Each year, volunteers are recognized for their outstanding contributions in six categories: Search and Rescue, Emergency Social Services, PEP (Provincial Emergency Program) Air, Road Rescue, Emergency Communications and Lifetime Achievement.
Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers lead air and ground searches, help the victims of serious car accidents, set up networks of volunteer teams and coordinate services for victims of natural disasters.
There are more than 13,000 Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers from across British Columbia who support disaster response. They respond to an average of 6,000 incidents a year and contribute their time, community spirit, dedication and commitment to public safety.
— BC Government Caucus Communications