By Michael Christianson
Kendra Saville has spent the last 20 years helping others in times of crisis at the Ministry of Natural Resources Fire Management, now she is spending her free time helping even more as an ambassador for ShelterBox.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and life saving supplies to displaced families all around the world.
“ShelterBox is one of those organizations where there is only one driving need and that is to help people who need help, who have lost everything, who have lost their homes and need shelter, they need emergency shelter to help rebuild their lives,” said Saville. “I really like the fact that ShelterBox does not look at anything other than the need.”
Saville addressed the Rotary Club of Dryden last week and the club was moved to support ShelterBox with a $2,800 donation, which was raised at the Mudmen concert in Dryden last October.
Saville said she is inspired to help every time they go out to tackle fires and meet people who have lost their homes. She recalls one man in particular whose experience moved her to keep helping where she can.
“I remember when I was working out in Fort McMurray during the Slave Lake fires there was one gentleman who was flying, an air attack officer, and he was flying on our fire in Fort McMurray as his house burned in Slave Lake,” said Saville. “It was his response of ‘you have to keep doing the job, you have to help the people that still have a chance of saving their home. My home is gone, now I help to save everybody else’s.’ And that really resonated with me and the fact that I can do my part to help other people around the world that’s what is most important to me.”
Saville hopes to get out into the community for more presentations to help raise awareness of the program.