The Five Rotary Clubs of Saskatoon invite you to join us at the 20th Annual Badge, Shield & Star Dinner to celebrate the unique contributions made by the men and women of the emergency services. All of the proceeds from the dinner support the Rotary Restorative Action Plan (RAP). For more information on RAP, please visit: http://www.rapsaskatoon.org/index.html
This year's dinner will feature keynote speaker Fort McMurray's Darby Allen, Fire Chief of the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo. A native of Birmingham, England, where he worked as a Fireman for the Hampshire Fire Brigade. Darby emigrated to Canada in 1990, beginning work as a Fire Fighter with the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, moving up in rank from Training Officer to Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations before moving on to Fort McMurray Fire Services in 2009 and becoming Fire Chief in January of 2013. Consistently calm and collected, he shot to international recognition as the lead spokesperson and the man that drove the evacuation of the entire community of Fort McMurray to safety, while the entire nation watched in horror as the fire threatened. Throughout the ensuing days and weeks, his updates on the status of the fire in the community and its impact on the surrounding area was often the only constant source of information for those impacted by the tragic events. He provided calm reassurance on the status of the community and when it came time to welcome residents back, he and his team were there with open arms to bring people back to the city.