To celebrate Emergency Responders Week, Canada Post has honoured the country’s emergency responders – professionals and volunteers, civilian and military – by unveiling five stamps depicting them in action.
Last week, Postmaster Michelle Graham presented commemorative plaques with images of the stamps to representatives from Lillooet Rescue, the BC Ambulance Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police and the Lillooet Fire Department.
Emergency Responders Week was observed earlier this fall, but the plaques only recently arrived in Lillooet.
Graham told the emergency responders, “What you do is so great for our little community. It’s amazing what all of you do and how hard you work for our community. We do appreciate all of you.”
The five stamps were unveiled across Canada at events honouring paramedics, regular and reserve members of the Canadian Armed Forces, search and rescue experts, firefighters and civilian and sworn members of Canada’s police services.
Canada Post commented in a news release, “Unveiling these stamps became a deeply respectful celebration of tens of thousands of this country’s most can-do, committed and caring citizens. All five stamps – and the unveiling events – reflect Canadians’ respect and gratitude for the skills, service and sacrifices of the people who protect them, sometimes by risking their own lives.”
The Lillooet Post Office has also announced it will be open longer hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays between now and Christmas to handle the expected Christmas rush of parcels and other mail. The post office will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.