Nominations are now closed for the Heroes of the Wildfire online recognition program.

Thank you to  everyone who took the time to nominate a deserving individual or organization. With your help, the Alberta government officially recognized more than 1,000 people who stepped up to help those affected by the devastating Wood Buffalo wildfire. 

When more than 88,000 people were forced to flee their homes and communities last May, Albertans showed their true colours. Without hesitation, friends, family and complete strangers jumped into action and did what they could to help. 

Whether it was helping people evacuate, donating goods and money, rescuing pets left behind, or opening their businesses, homes and hearts to those displaced by the disaster, many people demonstrated compassion and courage, and made a huge difference in the lives of so many.  

If you were one of the people nominated, congratulations - most of all thank you. Your efforts will be long remembered by the people you helped, as well as by your government, and by your fellow Albertans.

We know there are many more heroes out there who haven’t been officially recognized. While your actions may be unsung, know that your efforts are appreciated by all of us. 

To all of our heroes, and to all of you who shared their stories, thank you.

And to everyone affected by the wildfire, our hearts remain with you as you undertake your long journey of recovery.

Stories of strength