The Conservation Officer of the Year Award went to an individual with ties to the Cariboo.
Drew Milne joined the B.C. Conservation Officer Service seasonal program in 2008 and talked about his posting soon after in the Region.
“My second posting was Williams Lake with the outreach area of Bella Coola. My amazing wife and I were posted there back in 2010 just after the Winter Olympics and we spent about 2 and a half years in that amazing community. I was a field Officer and absolutely enjoyed my time there. People in Williams Lake are amazing and the communities in the surrounding areas are phenomenal, it was the highlight of my career for sure,” Milne said.
He noted that the spacious coverage of the Williams Lake area is overwhelming but he and his fellow officers were successful with the work they had done.
“It is extensional but we had great working relationships with the other Law Enforcement Agencies as well as the Indigenous communities in the area.” Milne said, “ We were able to be successful in providing meaningful work for our communities.”
Milne added that winning Conservation Officer of the year was a big surprise to him as it’s a peer-nominated award.