Barriere First Responders (BFR) presented their ‘In Recognition of Outstanding Dedication’ award the evening of Aug. 30 to area resident Antoon Houben, left, during the society’s annual summer barbecue. The award was presented by Barriere First Responders’ representative and 2018 recipient of the award, Azriel Kowtek. (Barriere First Responders photo)

Houben receives ‘In Recognition of Outstanding Dedication’ award

Barriere First Responders recognize outstanding volunteerism

Antoon Houben has been awarded an ‘In Recognition of Outstanding Dedication’ award from the Barriere First Responders (BFR).

The award was presented by paramedic Azriel Kowtek at the society’s annual summer barbecue on Aug. 30.

“Antoon is a part of our group of volunteers who help us with fundraising and other non-first aid tasks,” says an online posting from the group. “Antoon is always quick to help us out whenever we call. He contributes significantly to our fundraising activities and even helped with traffic control at the Grade 6 parade this year. Antoon offered to organize and run a regular fundraising event and ensure there are volunteers to help him. He is supportive, and also offers ideas on other fundraising and grant possibilities. We greatly appreciate having Antoon as a member of Barriere First Responders.”

Previous recipients of the ‘In Recognition of Outstanding Dedication’ awards were Drew McMartin in 2019, and Azriel Kowtek in 2018.

Members of Barriere First Responders often go above and beyond to make sure of the society’s success and ensure that it operates smoothly and achieves the highest professional level of service to the community. They are in full agreement that recognition for outstanding dedication in the form of an award is necessary to acknowledge the outstanding efforts put forth by their volunteers.

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