LETTER: An unsung national team that deserves a cheer

These past weeks I’ve been one of the commissionaires doing security at the Abbotsford poultry farms hit with the Avian influenza...

These past weeks I’ve been one of the commissionaires doing security at the Abbotsford poultry farms hit with the Avian influenza.

As on-site security, I had the opportunity to see our tax dollars at work, and I was impressed with our Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  Officers from all over the country came here to contain the outbreak and to save our poultry industry.

The CFIA not only knew what had to be done, they went about getting it done, working long hours in difficult situations.

It was clear they had the confidence of the farmers, and knock on a wooden barn door, it would appear the outbreak has been contained.  I’d also like to acknowledge the work of the hazard team, Quantum.

They shared the dedication of the CFIA in bringing the outbreak under control. It may be in vogue to belittle government employees, but I know these dedicated men and women saved the day.

At a time when our national juniors hockey team was winning glory, I was aware of another national team that rocks.

And the next time I hear someone belittling our government workers I’ll reply with, “Let me tell you about a time.”

Gord E. Sutherland