Hundreds of guests, including firefighters from across the province, attended the grand opening of the Burn Fund Centre in Vancouver on March 18.
Dignitaries included: the Honorable Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing; Terry Lake, Minister of Health; and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Part of the official ceremony included the unveiling of a statue, which is a tribute to all the B.C. and Yukon firefighters who worked tirelessly and reached into their own pockets to see the project through.
Captain Jason Milne from Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue represented Trail firefighters, who donated close to $20,000 of their own money to the project.
The statue depicts a fire fighter kneeling to greet a small child who holds his teddy bear. The word ‘Love’ is displayed on the teddy bear’s shirt.
Milne describes the outside south wall of the centre as especially poignant, portraying an image of firefighters in action.
The tri-level Burn Fund Centre will be comprised of eight short-term-stay, free of charge, furnished accommodation suites with communal great room; library; outdoor spaces and family kitchen all located on the middle floor. Central offices for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association and Burn Fund are incorporated on the top level, while the ground level will offer retail space.