BC Wildfires a Reminder of the Importance of Building Healthy Communities

Jul 19th, 2017

A message from BCHC Executive Director: Jodi Mucha

BC Healthy Communities Society shares a deep concern and a message of hope to the communities affected by the state of emergency due to the wildfires across the province.  We have tremendous respect for the communities working together to support the 45,000+ British Columbians displaced because one of the worst wildfire seasons in B.C.’s history.

Communities are coming together through strong leadership and by supporting each other with social connections.

We have colleagues and friends in many of the evacuated communities. We see how these communities are coming together through strong leadership and by supporting each other with social connections. There are many moving examples of how well-connected communities are able to respond to emergency situations and support each other in the face of adversity.

There is more work to be done. The fundamental core value of our healthy community approach is capacity building and empowerment of individuals, organizations and communities. Our vision for all BC communities continually create and improve the social, environmental and economic assets that support health, well-being and the capacity to realize their fullest potential. We feel the healthy communities approach is more important than ever before.

We acknowledge the overwhelming generosity of British Columbians pulling together to support communities affected by the fires and hope that people find safety and are able to return to their communities soon.

Useful Numbers

Wildfire Map

Interactive map of active wildfires in B.C.

 

 

 

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