Four years ago today we lost a true hero. A dear friend & an incredible inspiration to so many, including me. @BenjaminCole changed our lives, teaching us what true, long-term sustainable change can look like & how hard yet important it is to effectively help people & the planet.
Cole & two other humanitarians, Chuck & Candy Ritzen, were on a plane that crashed off the shore of the Dominican Republic on their way back from delivering aid to hurricane-ravaged areas of #Haiti. I’ll never forget the moment I found out while in the @GlobalOkanagan newsroom.
I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet Chuck or Candy but during dear friend @sgraygoose’s bachelorette trip in 2016, we were blessed enough to visit the educational monkey jungle & zip line business they founded in DR to fund a on-site dental & medical clinic: hadac.org
Good morning as we continue following #ChristieMountainWildfire developments. It’s estimated to be 2,000 hectares. There is less visible flame this AM than yest. Winds calm so far. More structural protection & firefighting resources coming today with strong wind gusts on the way.
With daylight, helicopters are now out collecting water from Skaha Lake as they continue to focus on the north flank of the #ChristieMountainWildfire. A reminder to everyone, officials are asking you to stay out of Skaha Lake as aerial crews do this critical work. @GlobalBC
Sounding like a broken record, I know, but seeing someone wakeboarding on Skaha Lake so close to where helicopters have been collecting water to fight the #ChristieMountainWildfire ahead of forecasted wind gusts warrants yet another reminder for everybody to stay out of this lake