Stephenville Lion Ron McIsaac’s life was changed as his eyes focused on the disaster caused by a ravaging fire that left thousands of Fort MacMurray residents without a roof over their heads, many fleeing with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
An active volunteer with the Red Cross, Lion Ron deployed twice following the disaster that affected all of this country. With many loved ones working in Fort Mac, this disaster hit many Newfoundlanders close to home.
“My needs were quite different than theirs,” he said recalling his experience to fellow Lion members during a training session.
Recently, Stephenville Lions participated in First Alert, disaster management training that prepares volunteers to be ready when disaster strikes. “It’s gratifying and heartbreaking at the same time,” he recalls.
Struggling with his emotions he spoke of his work in Alberta as a Red Cross case worker assessing displaced residents’ needs. He went on to say that as a Lion, our motto is “We serve” and what better way than to help someone in their most vulnerable time of need.
He encouraged those in the room, if given the opportunity to be involved with the First Alert program, to take the opportunity. Of his training and Fort Mac experience, he said, “It was very rewarding in many ways, I did my part helping people who needed it”