In 2022, FSWO developed a strategic plan that included a vision that recognized the importance of fostering supportive professional networks and personal relationships amongst women. Building on this vision we are proud and honored to present this organization for the prestigious 3E Award.
Under the leadership of Jenn Dawkins, along with the support and commitment of an amazing team of women, this new organization was established last year with the goal of advancement of women in the fire service. Their vision is our vision – to "Educate, Empower, and Encourage" women in this noble profession. This nomination underscores their commitment to mentoring, recruiting, and promoting women within the fire service, making it a better place today and for the future.
Fire Service Women British Columbia has made remarkable strides in less than two years as an organization. Their mission is to engage with current and aspiring members of the fire service, shaping it to be a true reflection of the diverse communities it serves. FSWBC members volunteer their time, skills, and mentorship at Camp Ignite, a summer firefighting mentorship program for young women across BC.
For many years, BC firefighters have participated in the FSWO training symposium, building relationships across the country. Continuing the tradition of coming together in camaraderie and support, FSWBC has established their own networking events, including a firefighter retreat and their very first training symposium to be held next April.
FSWBC's dedication to empowering women in the fire service fosters equity and inclusion in all ranks. Their leadership represents all geographical areas of the province, including wildland firefighting and other specialized roles. By being part of FSWBC, its members become ambassadors in their own communities, spreading the vital message that women have an essential place in the fire service.
In recognition of these extraordinary efforts, Fire Service Women BC is the winner of this year's 3E Award.