Premier Rachel Notley has sent Bonnyville Mayor Gene Sobolewski a commemorative medal and certificate for the town’s help in housing evacuees from the Fort McMurray fire.
Sobolewski passed the medal around council at this week’s meeting. The certificate signed by Notley says the town demonstrated “courage, compassion and the spirit of Alberta.”
“This past May,” the attached letter from the Premier reads, “Our province battled the worst fire in our history when the Wood Buffalo wildfire displaced almost 90,000 Albertans from their homes and businesses. From the early hours of the emergency, through the months of rebuilding and recovery, the strength of our communities and people has exemplified the spirit of Alberta.”
“When our province faced the worst, you reached out to help those who needed it most. The incredible work you did in such difficult conditions has not gone unnoticed.”
“It is my honour to present you with a commemorative medallion and an official certificate in recognition of your outstanding service. This medallion represents the extraordinary efforts of Albertans who stepped up during the wildfires and evacuation. Your courage, resilience, and compassion are nothing short of extraordinary. Please accept my deepest and sincerest thanks for going above and and beyond in the face of this unprecedented natural disaster.”
“While there is still a lot of work ahead of us, with the support and inspiration from Albertans like you, we will make these communities home again.”