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Province Congratulates the 2017 Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award Recipients

Released on May 24, 2018

Today, three members of emergency management organizations in Saskatchewan were awarded the 2017 Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award.

The award, which is a partnership between provincial, territorial and federal governments, recognizes those who have achieved excellence in their respective fields in emergency management.  This is the first year for this national award program.

The Saskatchewan recipients who were recognized at a special awards ceremony in Ottawa are:
  • Jim Durnin from Prince Albert, in the category of Resilient Communities;
  • Richard Kent from Prince Albert, in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management; and
  • Robert Smith from Prince Albert, in the category of Search and Rescue Volunteer.
Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding congratulates those who were recognized for their contributions in the emergency management field.

“These individuals have dedicated their lives to supporting local Saskatchewan communities during times of crisis,” Kaeding said.  “This national award program acknowledges the skills and professionalism required by all emergency management personnel who respond to natural or man-made disasters in our province and across Canada.”

To be nominated, information about each candidate’s initiatives and achievements over the last two years was submitted to a General Selection Committee, which included representatives from all levels of government, Indigenous communities, Search and Rescue, non-governmental and professional organizations, as well as Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.  Their recommendations on award recipients were then forwarded to Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management for a final decision earlier this spring.

For more information about the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award, visit


For more information, contact:

Larisa Broadfoot
Government Relations
Phone: 306-798-7045

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