A Williams Lake Conservation Officer was recognized at a ceremony in Victoria for his 22 years of important work to protect the environment and ensure both human and wildlife safety on Wednesday.
Darrel Ashworth who was presented with a Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal, says there are several things that make him continue doing what he does.
“First and foremost is the people of British Columbia that we serve-it’s an honor to do so and that’s where you get your inspiration and desire to work hard and complete the tasks that are in front of you and try and make a difference in protecting the environment and everything that’s in it.”
10 other officers from across the province were also recognized with Ashworth who says he decided to join the COS when he was growing up in the Okanagan.
“My friends and close friends were into the outdoors and hunting and fishing, and whatnot at a young age that set my goal to become a Conservation Officer.”
Ashworth was presented the Medal consisting of a circular medal with a shield set on a star on a maple leaf by Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA, Donna Barnett, Chief Conservation Officer, Doug Forsdick, and Environment Minister, Mary Polak.
The Province also proclaimed Wednesday as the first-ever Conservation Officer Day in recognition of the important work done by B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service.
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the COS.