Posted On: Jul. 05, 2013
The Alberta floods have shocked us all and left Alberta with a lot of clean up work. We watched as the water rolled into Calgary and surrounding areas and communities and were completely powerless to do anything about it. We saw friends’ and families’ homes submerged underwater in the affected areas, some to the point that it seems doubtful that they will be able to rebuild. The damage is unbelievable.
Amidst the chaos, we learned some things about each other and ourselves. I, for one, was extremely proud of the Streamline family’s response. It was obvious over the weekend that offices in downtown Calgary were not going to open on Monday and that Streamline was going to have a few people either working remotely or not at all for a few days.
When people contacted me on Saturday and Sunday and asked what they should be doing, I told them to volunteer if they couldn’t work and found that this was exactly what everyone wanted to hear. The impulse to help was strong and Streamliners picked up shovels and hammers and went into the affected areas to do what they could.
This impulse to help was displayed not only with Streamline employees but by Albertans across the province. I experienced this first hand as I was volunteering. I was amazed at Alberta’s reaction to the flood. I met Edmontonians in downtown Calgary who had driven 3 hours to lend a hand. I met a couple of ladies in their late sixties who were doing what they could by bringing their formidable gardening skills to the affected homes and cleaning up the outside of homes. And in the middle of it all, there were my coworkers. Helping wherever they could by ripping apart basements, donating food through the food bank, donating blankets to the hard hit reserves, creating bag lunches, and in some cases, opening their homes to people in need.
So Alberta, let’s say thanks to all of those people out there who without a moment’s hesitation, picked themselves up and started to help. They didn’t show up with any ulterior motives, for the sandwiches or for any sort of recognition. They did it because they care about the people in their community. They did it because they are Albertans. And while I’m proud of the fact that Streamliners were part of this massive call to action, I’m even more proud of the fact that what our people did was typical of Albertans across the province.