The Mountaineer Volunteer is a pay-it-forward feature in the Revelstoke Mountaineer that highlights the great work volunteers do to make Revelstoke a true community. We feature a new volunteer who then nominates the volunteer to be featured next.
1. Where do you volunteer?
Revelstoke Search and Rescue (REVSAR).
2. What are your volunteer duties?
I am one of six managers.
I help organize team training, manage search and rescue missions and participate with our helicopter, swiftwater and general operations teams.
I also attend meetings on behalf of our team in support of provincial BC Search and Rescue Association and Emergency Management BC initiatives such as RADeMs, a decision making tool for SAR volunteers and the swiftwater rescue task force.
3. Why do you volunteer for your organization?
I volunteer because I get to assist those in need while learning a great deal myself.
Volunteer search and rescue provides a great opportunity for learning which I get to do every time we meet or get called out on a mission.
I feel fortunate to be part of an organization within a community that has so many wonderfully talented people that devote huge amounts of time searching for lost people and rescuing those in need, including our REVSAR Volunteers, RMR Ski Patrol, RCMP, BC Ambulance, Revelstoke Fire Rescue, Parks Canada, Emergency Social Services and more!
4. For you, what’s rewarding about volunteering?
I like to help people. It’s rewarding knowing that someone who felt hopeless can rest in their bed after not knowing if they were going to.
It’s great to watch how our team comes together for rescues, leaving loved ones, jobs, prior commitments, to focus on task. I get to spend lots of time with really cool people.