Widespread damage from flooding across British Columbia has prompted an outpouring of support for residents impacted by the disaster. Greater Vancouver Board of Trade members have already donated more than $3 million in aid funding to organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, the BCSPCA and food banks across the province as displaced residents wait for the water to recede.
On the latest episode of GVPOD, Pat Quealey, Vice President for B.C. and Yukon with the Canadian Red Cross, outlined the remarkable response they have received, and how they are supporting impacted communities. Quealey served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years before working in disaster and emergency management with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Emergency Management BC. "As I look at our colleagues in the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, so grateful for their contributions and the generosity of Canadians and all those who are donating to help our efforts," Quealey said.
In addition to their financial support, Board of Trade members are playing a crucial role in reconnecting the province, as rail service and pipeline and road repairs continue around the clock. A few notable examples from the hundreds of businesses that have stepped up to support impacted regions include CN railroaders from all over North America contributing to repair efforts, Air Canada increasing capacity in affected communities and Trans Mountain volunteers working in temporary shelters in Hope where more than 600 people were stranded.
The impact of the disaster in many areas is still being assessed. As traffic resumes on Highway 1 between Vancouver and Hope, provincial estimates on the restoration of the Coquihalla Highway extend into the new year. While infrastructure damage has been significant, the impact on many homes and businesses has been devastating. We encourage all our members to support the efforts of the Canadian Red Cross as they work with organizations like Emergency Management BC to provide funds directly to those in need.