Remembering those who brought comfort and refuge to a community in need

Published: May 1, 2019

In times of crisis or difficult circumstances, we often find the true measure of a person. We fall back on our values to guide us through. The same can be said of a company and the people that work together within it.

As you will recall, on May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta. By May 3rd, it swept through the community, causing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes.

Thankfully, we were in a position to be able to open our doors to thousands of people fleeing the devastation. They found a place of refuge with us at a number of our lodges.

It wasn’t home. And it didn’t take away the uncertainty about what was left behind and what their future held for them. But it was safe, and it was welcoming. The unfamiliar for our operations, like procuring medications, diapers, and pet food became the routine, as did dealing with the unscheduled influx of hundreds of displaced families. It just got done.

We made a difference in people’s lives. What we did mattered. We made a difference for a community.

Those who stayed with us, perhaps seeing a workforce lodge for the first time, showed a lot of gratitude. They expressed their thanks for helping them in a dire situation.

And what was the common response heard?

“No problem. It’s what we do.

As we approach the anniversary of this infamous event, we remember the thousands of people whose purpose it was to serve a community in need. Firefighters, Canadian Forces personnel, RCMP, Canadian Red Cross, and countless volunteers.

It’s also important that we reflect on the hospitality and compassion provided by our Civeo frontline family as well. In our own way, we made a difference.

While the fires may have made headlines, it’s heartening to know that what endures in the minds of all those affected is the resilience of a community coming together to help each other to overcome the unthinkable.

To all those involved, we commend your commitment to living our shared purpose:

Remarkable experiences for the people and communities we serve. It’s What We Do.