Volunteer Spotlight: Denis Sleightholme
“Helping each other makes us stronger.”
Denis Sleightholme’s mantra for life is “helping each other makes us stronger.” Part of the way he has decided to help people was to join the City of Port Coquitlam’s Emergency Preparedness (EP) team as a volunteer in 2015. Prior to volunteering with EP, Denis had a 20-year career as an emergency dispatcher. Denis joined the EP program as a way of using his vast knowledge of emergency services to help better his community.
Over the past seven years, the EP team has been fortunate to have Denis’s dedication and knowledge to make a variety of programs and events successful. He has provided community education to residents through the City’s free residential training sessions as well as special presentations for co-ops and stratas, clubs and associations, and at community events such as May Day. He has also taken a lead role for the EP Equipment and Supplies Subcommittee, where he co-coordinates and facilitates a quarterly inventory of the City’s EP supplies and equipment, ensuring that everything is accounted for, working and ready for deployment if necessary. Denis has also provided emergency response support associated with the City’s Emergency Support Services program and extreme weather centres, inclusive of providing support for the City’s emergency cooling centre during the summer of 2020.
Denis has been able to do all this with his wife Wanda by his side, who has also contributed and volunteered with the EP program over the years. When not engaged in the EP program, Denis enjoys refining his chocolatier and jewelry-making skills as well as other past times, such as 10-pin bowling and playing video games.
The City would like to thank Denis for making such a positive impact on the community!
To learn more about the Emergency Preparedness program, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/ep.