Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Appoints Leon Smallboy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Appoints
Leon Smallboy to the Board in the New Role of
“First Nations Director”

TORONTO, ON – November 1, 2017 – The Board of Directors of the Canadian Volunteer Fire
Services Association (the CVFSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Leon Smallboy
to the Board of Directors. Mr. Smallboy has been invited to represent the CVFSA in the new role
of “First Nations Director”.

Mr. Smallboy brings his extensive experience and qualifications to the organization. As a former
Fire Chief, he understands first-hand the many challenges facing firefighters today. Moreover,
as a leader who has served as a First Nations Technical Advisor and Fire Safety Coordinator,
he brings a unique and important perspective to the issues facing firefighters in First Nations
communities.

“Leon brings a range of depth, insights, and experience that we are confident will help the
CVFSA serve its members across the country,” said Graham Pawlett, President of the Board of
Directors. “Leon’s experience as a First Nation firefighter and past president of the Aboriginal
Firefighters Association of Canada, will bring a welcomed perspective to the CVFSA.”
Given that Fire Protection Services is a Provincial responsibility and First Nations fall under
Federal jurisdiction, there can often be confusion as to how best to assist First Nations
communities. Nonetheless, despite the challenges of funding, standards, and fire codes, many
First Nations Fire Departments and Rural / Remote Volunteer Fire Services share similar
challenges.

Leon acknowledges that his new role as the CVFSA First Nations Director will be a challenging
one. “Many differences exist and are not known jurisdictionally in all aspects of Fire Protection,
from mutual aid between municipalities and First Nations to boots on the ground Fire
Prevention. I look forward to working collaboratively with the CVFSA to support volunteer
firefighters and the communities they serve..”
As the CVFSA continues to deepen its service to Canada’s 144,000 volunteer firefighters, it will
draw on leaders with the experience, drive and relationships to address the needs of its
members.

General Information & Media Inquiries:

Graham.P@cvfsa.ca
Telephone: 604-340-1415

About the CVFSA:

The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association is the national voice for Canada’s volunteer
firefighters. Since 1999, we’ve proudly supported volunteer firefighters across Canada through
our advocacy, education seminars, insurance programs, resources, and government relations.
The CVFSA is a registered charity. For more information visit cvfsa.ca .

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