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“The best thing about Fort McMurray is the opportunity!”

The Firefighter Award for Service was awarded to honour all those who received a medal for contributing to the direct fight or support of operations to defend the Municipality from the Horse River Fire during the first 100 hours: Jillian Beaumont, the Regional Emergency Services Education Officer and de facto spokesperson is one of the honorees. She doesn’t talk about that though. Jillian may be the sunniest personality in the whole of YMM, but talking about herself is something she is not very comfortable doing.

Jillian came here from Brantford, Ontario, ‘The real home of Wayne Gretzky,’ she tells me, and has been here for nearly eight years. “I love the community here as well as the opportunities that are available if you just keep your eyes open.”

Jillian is the face of the Fire Department in all their programs that affect the community like the Home Fire Safety Program, which is a free initiative to educate residents with a checklist of potential fire risks and hazards within their homes. The door-to-door service also offers free installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

In addition Jill has also hosted the Community Producers show on Shaw TV and seems to be a natural in front of the camera. Again, she won’t talk about it. What she will tell us is how proud she is to be here. “I have been so lucky to work directly with the community in all of my careers since I have lived in Fort McMurray. I feel extremely proud to be a part of many community events and programs that help keep the community safe and that are enjoyed by so many residents.”

Even when we ask her to boast of her accomplishments, she can’t do it. You’ll just have to trust us. Jillian Beaumont is a community treasure.